Joaquin Phoenix is urging slaughterhouse workers to report instances of abuse.

The award-winning vegan actor has partnered with animal law advocacy organization Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) for its “Report Animal Ag” campaign. According to ALDF, the initiative provides an online tip portalReportAnimalAg.comthat industrial animal agriculture workers can use to report situations of abuse.

“Despite the animal agribusiness industry’s flagrant disregard for worker safety as COVID-19 ravages slaughterhouses, a surge of whistleblowers—under the constant threat of employer retaliation—are coming forward with information about the mass killing of animals and disposal practices that have severe environmental implications,” Phoenix said in a media release.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19 states have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 among workers in 115 meat and poultry processing plants. Of the approximately 130,000 workers employed at these facilities, 4,913 cases and 20 deaths occurred due to coronavirus.

ALDF also erected a series of billboards, in English and Spanish, near slaughterhouses across the US. The billboards feature the text: “Helping you report animal abuse, worker safety concerns, depopulation, or illegal disposal confidentially.”

“Whistleblowers are instrumental in helping animal protection organizations identify, investigate, document, and expose cruelty. ReportAnimalAg.com provides a safe space for employees to confidentially, and with anonymity, voice their concerns. Our billboards will be raised near factory farms and slaughterhouses across the country,” Phoenix explained.

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