For Immediate Release:

24 September, 2019

Star Wants People to Try to Relate to Who‘s on Their Plate and Go Vegan

Sydney – Just ahead of his much-anticipated star turn in Joker, Joaquin Phoenix appears in a new PETA US ad campaign declaring, “We Are All Animals.” The ad urges people to “live vegan” and help “end speciesism”, which is the damaging belief that – despite their extraordinary talents, abilities, and intelligence – all other animal species are inferior to humans.

Joaquin Phoenix for PETA

“When we look at the world through another animal’s eyes, we have to realise that inside we’re all the same—and same – and so we all deserve to live free from suffering,” says Phoenix.

His vegan plea comes amid a PETA campaign informing people that cattle ranchers are burning the Amazon rainforest to meet the global demand for meat. More than 90% of the rainforest that’s been cleared since 1970 is used for meat production, either for grazing or for growing food for cows, including those reared in Australia. The United Nations states that animal agriculture is responsible for nearly a fifth of human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions – and warns that a global shift to vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.

In addition to significantly reducing their contribution to the climate crisis, every person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals each year and helps shut down speciesism. PETA – whose motto reads, “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any way” – asks people to combat this harmful worldview by not only choosing vegan foods but also staying away from animal circuses, avoiding personal-care products that were tested on animals, and rejecting all other forms of exploitation of animals.

In 2016, Phoenix wore a vegan suit in an anti-wool PETA ad campaign that proclaimed, “Cruelty Doesn’t Suit Me” after watching footage of sheep being abused in Australian shearing sheds. He’s part of a long list of celebrities – including Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood, Alli Simpson, and Pamela Anderson – who’ve teamed up with PETA and our affiliates to promote kindness to animals.

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