Joaquin Phoenix visits rescued cows at sanctuary in emotional documentary

Longtime vegan and Oscar-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix has won over our hearts once again as he appears in the new short documentary INDIGO.

The film documents the actor’s reunion with two cows – a mother and baby – that he helped to rescue with L.A. Animal Save a year ago.

He named the mother Liberty and baby Indigo after his beloved sister and nephew respectively.

Liberty and Indigo the cows were saved from a slaughterhouse in L.A. just one day after his groundbreaking Oscar speech in which he criticised the dairy industry.

The documentary shows footage of Phoenix carrying baby Indigo out of the slaughterhouse yard to safety in his arms, before showing the actor being reunited with the two cows where they now live out their days at an animal sanctuary.

The actor brought his sister Liberty to meet cow Liberty and also met some of the other residents at the sanctuary such as Saffron the cow, who took a particular shine to him.

‘Paying homage to our planet’

Speaking in the film, Phoenix explained:

“We spend one day each year paying homage to our planet, Earth Day, but the other 364 days, we consume with impunity.

“It’s undeniable the detrimental impact that animal agriculture has on the environment. This simple act of rescuing Liberty and Indigo…in some ways, it’s just as simple as sparing the lives of these creatures.

“But it’s also an acknowledgement of not only the destruction they feel at our hands but the environment as a whole.

“By our actions, we either have the choice to continue to destroy other beings and the environment, or we begin the process of reversing the damage that we’ve done.”

The short documentary is available to watch on YouTube here for free.

Are you a feminist who still drinks dairy?
This is why you need to quit.

Scroll to Top