Joaquin Phoenix has always been outspoken about his views on animal rights. The 45-year-old actor, who won an award for his role in Joker at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, headed straight to an animal rights vigil after the award ceremony. Unlike several other Hollywood celebrities, Phoenix did not attend the SAG after party and instead chose to stop his SAG Awards celebrations to attend a cause he deeply believes in. After the ceremony, the actor made a statement by attending an animal rights vigil at a local slaughterhouse to offer comfort to pigs who were about to get killed.
The actor, raising his voice against the slaughterhouses, stated that while most people are unaware of the torture and murder in the meat and dairy industry, he has seen how it is for himself and feels that it is his duty to stand against it. The actor told vlogger Jane Velez-Mitchell that he thinks it is his moral obligation to talk about it and expose it for what it is. He also said that the industry tricks people by putting happy images of animals on farm to sell their meat containers, which is a complete lie. He stated that people need to come to terms with the truth.
The actor has always been a passionate animal rights activist. Earlier in the month, the actor convinced the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that runs the Golden Globes, to introduce its first all-vegan menu at the diner. According to a report, Golden Globes usually offers its guests to plates of steak or fish, and it has been this way since long. This year, the menu featured various vegan food items like chilled golden beet soup, oyster mushroom scallops with mushroom risotto and a chocolate opera dome for dessert.