Los Angeles, CA (November 17, 2021)— On Saturday, November 13, Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara visited the rescued turkeys at the Acton, California location of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s founding farm animal sanctuary and advocacy organization. Both are supporters of the organization’s long-running Adopt a Turkey Project, which inspires people to think differently about turkeys by encouraging them to symbolically adopt one for the holiday season instead of eating one.
Said Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara:
“Turkeys are emotional, intelligent, and social animals. It’s chilling that more than 68 million turkeys will be brutally slaughtered and eaten during the holiday months alone.
By adopting a turkey through Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project, you are not only supporting the rescue of animals caught in the brutal factory farming industry, but you are also protesting animal agriculture’s immoral treatment of workers, and its dominating role in accelerating the climate crisis. In this season of giving, please join us in adopting a turkey, and leaving them off your plates.”
Phoenix and Mara also recently signed Farm Sanctuary’s petition urging President Biden to release the turkeys who will be pardoned in Friday’s National Turkey Presentation to Farm Sanctuary, where they will enjoy the best life possible for turkeys. “Pardoned” turkeys are often sent to farms, petting zoos, and universities with poultry science programs where they are likely not cared for as individuals with unique personalities, emotions, needs, and preferences.
To see the rescued turkeys at Farm Sanctuary’s shelters in Acton, California and Watkins Glen, New York enjoy a seat at the table, instead of on it, tune in for the annual Celebration for the Turkeys virtual (and free!) event this Saturday, November 20 at 12pm PT / 3pm ET.
About Farm Sanctuary
Founded in 1986, Farm Sanctuary fights the disastrous effects of animal agriculture on animals, the environment, social justice, and public health through rescue, education, and advocacy. The organization provides lifelong care for animals rescued from abuse at Sanctuary locations in New York and California; fosters just and compassionate vegan living; and advocates for legal and policy reforms. To learn more about Farm Sanctuary, visit FarmSanctuary.org.