Joaquin Phoenix took home the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in Joker.
After receiving his prize, he quickly went to the Farm John Cloughtery Packing Co., to comfort pigs entering the slaughterhouse.
The actor joined other ‘bearing witness’ in the event hosted by Los Angeles Animal Save.
45-year-old Phoenix said to vlogger Jane Velez-Mitchell in a video: “Most people don’t really know of the torture and murder in the meat and dairy industry.
“I’ve seen it for what it is, so I have to be here.”
Still dressed in tuxedo, the actor continued: “We have moral obligations to talk about it and expose it for what it really is. We are so indoctrinated with these happy images of animals on farms, on the covers of meat containers, at restaurants and it’s a lie.
“I think people need to know the truth and we have an obligation to do that. Those of us that have seen it for what it really is, we have an obligation to expose it, so I have to be here.”
Phoenix, who recently won a Golden Globe, said many of his friends have ‘been really receptive’ to his activism.
“There is a change that is happening and it’s now just becoming undeniable,” he expressed. “Slowly but surely we’re getting there.”
He added: “As heartbreaking as it is when we’re here giving water to the pigs I have a certain optimism in our community and how committed everyone is.
“People come down here week after week after week so I had to come here tonight and support and it’s a little antidote to what I was just given, so I’m blessed to be here.”
His fiancée, Rooney Mara, is also a vegan. During the 2019 National Animal Rights demonstration in California, the two marched together and wore black shirts and pants as they held lifeless birds.
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