Rescued in: February 2020
Liberty and Indigo's story: Believe it or not, these two cows were rescued by actor and animal rights activist Joaquin Phoenix, his mother, and the good people at Farm Sanctuary. Phoenix helped negotiate the release of a mother cow and her calf from a Los Angeles slaughterhouse. Phoenix gave them their names, Liberty and Indigo.
He said in a statement, “Liberty and Indigo will never experience cruelty or the touch of a rough hand. My hope is, as we watch baby Indigo grow up with her mom Liberty at Farm Sanctuary, that we’ll always remember that friendships can emerge in the most unexpected places; and no matter our differences, kindness and compassion should rule everything around us.”
Oh, and did I mention that this rescue happened just one day after Joaquin won an Oscar for Joker — you know, the one where he spoke about animal rights during his speech? Bravo!