Why JOAQUIN PHOENIX IS VEGAN | LIVEKINDLY

Why JOAQUIN PHOENIX IS VEGAN | LIVEKINDLY


– [Narrator] Hey there, if
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like and comment below. Actor and vegan activist, Joaquin Phoenix, has been on our screen since
he was eight years old. His first every role was on the tv series Seven Brides for Seven Brothers alongside his late brother River Phoenix. Since then, he’s had lead roles in academy award-winning movies including 2005’s Walk the Line. – Hello, I’m Johnny Cash. – [Narrator] And 2013’s Her. – [Samantha] Hello I’m here. – (scoffs) Hi.
– [Samantha] Hi, I’m Samantha. – [Narrator] Most recently Phoenix starred as the iconic DC Comics Batman
villain in 2019’s Joker. – One small thing.
– Yeah. – When you bring me out, can
you introduce me as Joker? – [Narrator] The role was
a departure for Phoenix, who once said he didn’t
feel big blockbuster movies were fulfilling enough for him. One role that it’s always fulfilling for the three-time Oscar-nominated actor is standing up for animals. – I’ve been vegan since
I was three years old. And at that age, my and my siblings witnessed fish being
killed in a really violent and aggressive way. And it was just absolutely obvious that that was something we
didn’t want to participate in, and we didn’t want to support. – [Narrator] Two months
after the fishing trip, Phoenix’s entire family
converted to veganism. Now, even his dogs are vegan. He rescued Soda, a
large white pit bull mix from Euthanasia 13 years ago. During his career, Phoenix
has taken many opportunities along the way to help the animals. Just hours before receiving
the first Tribute Actor Award at the Toronto
International Film Festival, Phoenix led a protest
against animal cruelty at the St. George subway transit station. The event tour of the train station which was plastered with
animal rights posters, it was led by Phoenix and Anita Kranjnc, of the vegan advocacy
group, Toronto Pig Save. – [Anita] The only window he
had was 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. today and he has this big awards ceremony yet he took time out to come
see Be Fair, Be Vegan Toronto, because it’s so close to his heart. So he’s the type of
celebrity that uses his fame to promote animal rights
and other good causes. – [Narrator] Phoenix agreed with Kranjnc that these types of ads should
be in cities everywhere, including Los Angeles where he lives. – And we’d like to see these ads in the city centers everywhere. – Absolutely. – You’d like to see it in L.A. – Absolutely – [Narrator] On the
opening weekend of Joker, Phoenix attended screening
of the movie around L.A. wearing an Animal
Liberation Front sweatshirt. The faceless direct action group is funded through donations and the sale of merchandise such as
Phoenix’s sweatshirt. Phoenix’s activism isn’t new though. Back in the 90s he was raising
awareness about veganism. He started an advertisement
urging the public to save turkeys on thanksgiving by choosing plant-based food instead. In 2013, he appeared in
an anti-fishing campaign. Phoenix is shown
underwater thrashing around because he can’t breathe, just like fish who suffocate when they
are pulled from the water. Coming soon, apparel by LiveKindly. Sign up using the link in the description to get 10% off your first order. Phoenix also tries to convince people top stop using animals for fashion. Ahead of New York Fashion Week in 2018, he appeared on a
thought-provoking billboard ad located close to the event. He wore a vegan wool
suit which was designed by cruelty-free label Brave GentleMan. – I never knew that
suits were made of wool. I had that rationalization,
well it’s something that is just taken off them
and there’s not a lot of abuse. Which seems incredibly naive and that’s the nice way of saying it. – [Narrator] The billboard
read, “Cruelty doesn’t suit me.” “Wool hurts, wear vegan.” He has also spoken out against
China’s dog leather industry. He described footage from an
investigation into the industry as one of the worst things he’s ever seen. Dogs are taken from the streets in China and beaten to death. Their skin is then turned
into leather accessories like belts and bags. Phoenix said in a campaign
video against the trade, “Products made from dog
leather are exported around the world to be sold
to unsuspecting customers.” So if you buy leather
gloves, belts, or shoes, remember there’s no easy way to tell whose skin you’re really in. – If you love dogs like I do then please never buy or wear leather. Whether it comes from a dog,
a cow, or any other animal. – [Narrator] He’s still
starring in campaigns. He appears on the New York City billboard with the tag #endspeciesism. The image shows Phoenix with a chicken, whose eye is positioned just over his so that both appear aligned. He said about the campaign,
“When we look at the world “through another animal’s
eyes, we have to realize “that inside we’re all the same. “And so we all deserve to
live free from suffering.” Phoenix has also contributed his voice to animal rights films. He narrated 2005’s Earthlings, a documentary about
humanity’s exploitation of animals for economic gain. The film, written and produced
by activist Shaun Monson, looks at exploitation in
the pet, food, clothing, and entertainment industries as well as in scientific research. – [Announcer] Animal trainers would like for the public to believe that animals are coaxed into such behaviors
with the promise of rewards. But the truth is the animals perform because they fear punishment. – The idea was to try a different approach so it wasn’t just horrible footage over and over and over again. But to try to sort of
logically speak to people and say okay look, how come we cultivate love and compassion here for this being but in the same breath
have a total attitude of aggression toward this being? – [Narrator] Phoenix also
narrated parts of 2018’s Dominion. Similar to Earthlings, the
film co-produced by Monson, explores the way in which
humans and animals interact. It looks at how animals are
exploited for human benefit. The movie is so disturbing. some viewers are unable to watch it in it’s entirety. According to the Daily Mail,
one social media wrote, “Got six minutes into Dominion and that’s all I could cope with.” Another added, “I believe it should be compulsory viewing for all omnivores.” Some said they felt sick while watching. And others said that although
they found it difficult, they forced themselves
to watch the whole thing. The film combines footage from hidden, handheld, and drone cameras. It shows never before seen footage to convey how terrifying the empire of animal agriculture really is. A number of other celebrities
helped to narrate the film, including Sadie Sink, Kat Von D, Sia, and Phoenix’s fiance Rooney Mara. Mara and Phoenix met on the
set of Her but fell in love during the filming of
2018’s Mary Magdalene. Mara is also vegan and
passionate about animal rights. She loves sustainable,
cruelty-free fashion. So much so that she founded her own vegan fashion line, Hiraeth in 2018. The brand is born out of a desire to connect shoppers with
the items they’re buying. Mara told Vogue in 2018, “In fast fashion, “you can find faux leather
boots that are really cheap, “but while it’s cruelty-free
in the animal sense, “I didn’t necessarily know
where those things were made, “or if they were cruel towards humans. “I didn’t want to
compromise on either thing “and I wanted pieces
that were made to last. “So it really came out of my own need.” Like Phoenix, Mara comes
from a compassionate family. Her sister and fellow actor,
Kate Mara is also a vegan. Mara and Phoenix got engaged in 2019. They often advocate for
the animals together. In June 2019 they marched for
animal rights in Los Angeles on national animal rights day. Side-by-side, they led a mock funeral procession in West Hollywood. They carried the lifeless
bodies of animals commemorating the billions
of animals killed every year for the food and fashion industries as well as scientific
research and entertainment. Fellow marchers carried
a banner that read, “This is how we, the
human race, treat animals. “Do you want to be a part of this?” Phoenix believes that eating animals is an absurd and barbaric practice. – I don’t want to cause pain to another living empathetic creature. – [Narrator] In reference to
the dairy industry he added– – I don’t want to take
its babies away from it. – [Narrator] Just like
a human, to produce milk a cow must first give birth. After calves are born they’re often removed from their mothers. Male calves are often sold
into the veal industry. According to Free From Harm,
there would be no veal industry without the dairy industry. Chickens are also abused in
factory-farming conditions. In many cases, they are fattened up for slaughter in around 42 days. During this time their bodies
struggle to carry the weight. Phoenix said– – I don’t want to force it to be indoors and fattened up just to be slaughtered. It is absurd and barbaric. I don’t understand how
you could witness that and not be affected by it. – [Narrator] Do you agree with Phoenix? What are your thoughts
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