Joaquin Phoenix is hard to forget, and not just because of his memorable name, the sexy signature birth mark on his lip or his piercing eyes. He has been acting since he was a child and continues to have a very successful career; if you have seen him in any of his well-known roles in movies such as Gladiator, The Village, Signs and Her, then you’ll know why. He is definitely one of the best actors of our time!
To top that all off – as if that wasn’t enough! – Joaquin Phoenix is vegan; and not only is he vegan, he is also active about his veganism, having acted as an animal rights advocate for years.
Are you in love yet? So are we! AND below are five more reason we love Joaquin:
1. He stopped eating meat at the age of three
While on a fishing trip with his family, he became upset after seeing fish being brutally killed, and declared that he would not eat meat again. He said that he asked his mother why she didn’t tell him where meat came from, to which she had no answer, and he has stopped eating meat ever since.
2. He is the narrator of one of the most popular and shocking animal rights documentaries ever made
Released in 2005, Earthlings is a documentary about the five ways in which we use animals (entertainment, food, fashion, testing, and companionship), which shocked vegans and non-vegans alike. This documentary gave a brutally honest look at how animals are abused for human use and, ten years later, is still one of the first documentaries that I hear an ethical vegan use to show people why we choose to refrain from animal use.
Joaquin won the Humanitarian Award for his work on this documentary at the San Diego Film Festival, and was quoted saying that out of all the films he has ever made, this is the one that gets people talking the most, and that for every one person who sees Earthlings, they will tell three.
3. He used to be billed as “Leaf Phoenix”
In the early 1980s, Joaquin went by the name “Leaf”. With siblings with names such as River, Summer, and Rain, it’s no surprise that he liked the nature theme. In my opinion, Leaf is also the perfect vegan name!
4. He is very vocal about animal rights issues
Joaquin has spoken out against abuse at Walmart’s pork supplier, China’s dog leather industry and the fishing industry in general. He has also made several powerful videos for PETA and Mercy for Animals, and continues to show his commitment to ending cruelty towards all animals.
After hearing story after story about celebrities who go vegan as a diet only to go back to eating animals, it’s good to know that there is a celebrity who is using his fame to make a positive change and who knows that veganism is more than just a diet.
5. He voiced a children’s movie with a vegan message
Joaquin starred in the 2003 Disney adventure Brother Bear, as the voice of Kenai, a young hunter who, after needlessly killings a bear, is turned into a bear himself as a punishment from the Spirits. In bear form he is able to converse with other animals and gains an appreciation for all the life around him. It’s no surprise that Joaquin took part in a movie that has such a strong message of respect for life and nature.
Thank you for all that you do for the animals, Joaquin! It’s inspirational to see how you utilize your talent and skills to help bring awareness to the plight of animals. Your confidence and dedication to the vegan cause from such a young age and throughout your life is remarkable, and we, here at The Vegan Woman, love you for it!
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