Joaquin Phoenix

Why Did Joaquin Phoenix Go Vegan


Actor Joaquin Phoenix has been vegan most of his life. Long before the incredible rise in popularity of veganism Joaquin and at least some of his siblings decided they did not want to participate in the cruelty involved in meat. 

In a recent interview he explained that at the young age of 3 years old he witnessed some fish being brutally killed and decided then that he wanted no part in it. It could be said that most 3 years olds witnessing such an event would feel the same way so a lot of credit can go to Joaquin’s parents for supporting a 3-year olds choice.

Being vegan is much easier now and seems much less restrictive than it was even just a decade ago, so a lot of kudos must be given to Joaquin Phoenix for his perseverance in the lifestyle choice particularly at such a young age.

Joaquin Phoenix is also active in promoting veganism. He led a protest for National Animal Rights Day in Hollywood, he has regularly joined PETA Campaigns and has been involved in giving pigs water before being sent to slaughter. Water before slaughter is a common occurrence whereby animals rights groups intercept trucks full of pigs on the way to slaughter to offer water and massages before they are killed.


Joaquin Phoenix water before slaughter

Joaquin Phoenix On Why He’s Vegan

In a recent short interview Joaquin Phoenix explains why he went vegan at such a young age and why it’s so important to him. Speaking about his childhood he says.

Me and my siblings witnessed fish being killed in a really violent and aggressive way, It was just absolutely obvious that it was something that we didn’t want to participate in, and we didn’t want to support. To me, it just seems obvious. I don’t want to cause pain to another living empathetic creature”

He also touches on the environmental effects of animal agriculture. ”The effect that it has on the environment is devastating” 


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