– [Narrator] Hey there, if
you’re new to our channel, you can subscribe by hitting the leaf icon in the bottom right corner of the video. Click the bell icon to
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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
on animal agriculture? Let us know in the comments below. Remember to subscribe and
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Comments (100)

  1. What do you think of Phoenix's activism?

  2. 🌱🌱vegan love and peace🌱🌱

  3. i’m a new youtuber click the link 😇

  4. I agree choose plant based food! It’s good and it can & does taste better!😀

  5. great! the future looks bright 🙂

  6. Come Thanksgiving Please try Plant Based food! A lot of the vegan food does taste delicious 😋 so again, eat Plant Based food 🥘 for Thanksgiving and beyond! Thank you😇Vegan is the best way for the Animals, The Planet and for You✌🏻God Bless Every Single one of US🙏

  7. Excellent video, channel, message and Joaquin. From a masculinity perspective, he represents true masculinity for being able to defy the conditioning and stand up for those who have no voice and have their freedom taken away from them.

  8. More celebrities need to be like him, use their platforms to spread awareness of what's going on

  9. Quick!! A famous person is vegan!! Let's jump on him and hero worship him 😂

  10. Well, I have talked with more people about this cause than anyone alive on Earth, and have repeatedly emailed and messaged "Livekindly" about not telling lies under the guise of the vegan flag, only to get ignored and have all of this experience thrown away. At this point, Livekindly is doing far more harm to avoiding global widespread devastation than all of the people piling up needlessly killed animals combined by rejecting and ignoring the truth that "Life is Most Important in Life" is true while simultaneously discussing the cause of life. You all might think this is cute and all, but precious time has been wasted and many opportunities we have had to put an end to all needless and preventable suffering and death have been lost. This isn't a game.

  11. Who gives a fuck that another rich Hollywood actor is vegan..will he be preaching like de caprio in his jet…vegan dogs .mental putting human morals on his dog .

  12. A video to be shared far and wide, including your WhatsApp status.

  13. We all love you so much Joaquin never give up, never have evil take over, keep visualizing a vegan world and all of us vibrate love. Evil humans and beings melt away when hit with love.
    P.S. We need a vegan-only website, something very affordable for single vegans for dating, and vegans just looking for friendships or vegan careers,, with abilities to post events, trips, travel and pool sources, and vegan business advertisements.
    Vegan industries are creating multi-millions of new jobs worldwide, and vegan numbers are much higher than advertised!
    Let's show the people on the fence of going vegan, thinking no one is how strong we are. Also, vegans should support and help grow vegan businesses. We are in Climate Crises, animal production industries account today worldwide for 65 percent of methane gases zapping our oxygen. Anyone using google earth and satellites can do the research, zoom in on the slaughterhouses, etc, do the math, not that difficult.
    I will not respond to meat and dairy paid trollers, since I'm posting unpaid, therefore I expect the creators of this channel to delete and block paid trollers, paid with your tax dollars, let's rip the stage out from underneath them, delete!!!!

  14. Because he loves to feel miserable. It makes his acting more genuine.

  15. Meanwhile he is eating a shitload of grains, veggies and fruits. Imagine the amount of insects getting killed in production and harvest. Not to mention the killing of deers, rabbits and hares getting shot by hunters who are protecting crops, all year round. Tell me, how compassionate is this man really, vegans?

  16. What a perfect man…
    I wish more celebrities would care enough to take action.

  17. This was fabulous!

  18. I love his voice like even in Walk the Line, he did an accent but you could still hear that unique texture a little bit and I was like UGHHH😩😩😩😍

  19. I am truly beyond grateful that this beautiful Soul is here on this planet with us and is such a shining example of pure Love and Compassion in human form. Yes, he is using his celebrity, his very large reach, for the benefit of the most oppressed beings on this planet and in my eyes this is simply the highest consciousness one in such a position could display. So very grateful indeed. <3

  20. Give the Man an Oscar and a Nobel Prize!

  21. Agree with him completely..
    I also love the truth in the fact the only regret you have after becoming vegan is not doing it sooner.

  22. I'll save you time…. he was raised that way by his parents in a hippie communion

  23. An outstanding actor and an outstanding human being. Just love him hes a beautiful soul. He will get an OSCAR for Joker 💚👌

  24. While I knew about the dog meat trade in China, I hadn’t considered, or become aware, of the dog leather. That’s something to point out to the non-vegans, who often have a lot of compassion for dogs; that those leather items could very well be made from dogs. And rather than trying to confirm what suffered and died for it, it’s easier, and better, to just avoid all leather products.

    Was that wool harvested humanely? Who knows, probably not, so just don’t buy it.

  25. This is wonderful. You’re doing great things Joaquin.

  26. He’s vegan because he grew up inside the cult “The Children of God”. Cults use vegetarianism as a way to control their members’ diet. But their goal is to control every aspect of their lifes, not only diet. That’s why most cults promote vegetarianism. Veganism is the modern (and more deadly) version of it.

  27. I love the YouTube photo. It's beautiful!!

  28. veganism = starvation anti human cult.

  29. I forced myself to watch Earthlings 6 times… crying through it EVERYTIME. Why? Well, a read a book back on the early 70’s called “Animal Machines” about the slaughter industry. I became vegetarian instantly, I was so disgusted. Fast forward 20 years & got sold a bill of goods about “eat right for your type”… currently Paleo. Mid 2000’s I became sick with mysterious gastrointestinal illnesses & began a plant based diet. I now say, “I came for health, but I STAY for the animals!” After my SIX tearful viewings of horrifying cruelty I can NEVER go back regardless of “promised” benefits to health. Those awful images are FOREVER BURNED IN MY BRAIN!

  30. Love him. He should have won the Oscar for Walk the Line.

  31. One thing that brings me. Comfort,,, is that each animal. Is an individual who s suffering is brief,..

  32. Ugh, not the first time I’ve seen footage like that but by the end I was sobbing. I care so much about these animals I wish I could just cuddle all of them. 😢💔

  33. This guy is awesome

  34. I've been a vegan for two years! We, all, can do this🙏🏻

  35. WHAT a nice guy! Rescued a pit bull…HELL YAH! KEEP going Mr. Phoenix! <3!

  36. Not vegan but what he did was really sweet

  37. Let's not use natural animal products to wear that don't damage the environment. Lets use plastic instead woooow

  38. I love this guy and he's a great actor too. Vegan for life!

  39. Oh my gosh I love him even more he rescued a pit bull ❤️❤️❤️

  40. Hi liked and subbed 👍 😸

  41. 🥰🙏🏻🕊🌱 He is an INCREDIBLE human being, a TRUE HUMAN and TRUE MAN to the core … Love him in every way and such a talented actor deserves 10 Oscars! Please run for USA PRESIDENT in 2020 … Thank you for all you do.

  42. Hi, I am from Taiwan and I really want to translate this video into Traditional Chinese and share it. Could you enabled the community contribution of this video so that I can add the translation, please.

  43. I admire his activism.

  44. I'm glad he's using his fame to inform people about all animal abuse.

  45. how absurd is our world when people like Joaquin have to stand up for sentient beings NOT to be used , abused , maltreated & slaughtered in their billions … we are so conditioned by big business ( meat & dairy ) to see animal products as natural and acceptable … they are not … Joaquin is a brilliant actor but his animal rights work speaks volumes for the true character of the man …

  46. I did not know all these, he is a hero, a legit hero!!

  47. An extremely evolved human who just happens to be a fucking brilliant actor

  48. It is so important that famous peaple take a stand against cruelty to animals. Thank you Joaquin!

  49. Phoenix being cruel to his dogs tho LOL Vegan dogs 😂

  50. because he needed to look sick in the last film he made

  51. I have been a fan of Joaquin since Walk The Line. When I decided to go vegan in 2015. I watched so many documentaries and videos. Joaquin was certainly an influence and role model for me. He's a beautiful kind soul, we need more people like him in the world. I didn't think it was possible to adore him even more.

  52. It's encouraging to know that there are some celebrities with moral integrity

  53. Never forget to be compassionate with humans!

  54. Why the fck does everything have to be soooo all or nothing…ain't no perfect lines in nature why do humans think they have a right to control? God I love animals so much. If I had a cow, I'd give a name hugs and kisses, but I'll tear up a damn steak. If I had a chicken I'd be more then welcome to chill with me while watching t.v. or reading a book, it would be family, but I got that Chik-Fil-A app for a reason. Vegan is not automatically defined as virtue, but a choice of the "Nature" provisioned free will that our society paradoxes with structure and labeled organics? The folks that litter the ground with protest signs are the 1st ones to kill a spider inside of coaxing out the door.

  55. Great fantastic fabulous show ❤️❤️❤️👏👏👏🙏🙏

  56. He was stellar in the gladiator

  57. Completely agree!!! It's like he sees how I see:::Animal LOVE ya'll

  58. 2019………Year of the Sexy VEGAN Activists

  59. To be Joker can't be that bad, obviously. Vegan for Life!

  60. Joaquin was also born a female

  61. If some of these activists loved people as much as they love animals, this would be a better place.

  62. I used to be one of those who said: I don't eat much meat anyway but now I realise how hypocritical that was.

  63. And the Oscar goes to… one of the best actors and activists. See why…

  64. Killing animals for meat is not a moral issue.

  65. Cruelty is immoral but animals do not have rights as humans.

  66. Radical veganism is a result of trauma. Its roots are all emotions based.

  67. Joaquin Phoenix is my one and only Idol

  68. We need more people like him

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  70. I'm so glad I found this channel. Great research. I've already learned a ton of news about the movement/shift.

  71. I admire Joaquin as an actor and as a person! Now that I know he is a tremendous Vegan and his great activism AGAINST CRUELTY to animals, I just love him! It makes me happy to know that I am not alone in this sincere deep love, respect & compassion to all animals!
    Thanks Joaquin AND all of you who stand up for animals!
    Greetings from Mexico! :*🤗
    GO VEGAN!!

  72. I've been vegetarian for over 20 years and vegan for last 12. Don't miss eating meat and dairy a bit. As with anything, the more you do it, the better you get at it.

  73. I not only love him for his acting ability, but for being an ethical vegan, like me. I love being vegan and I’ll always be this way. I hate it when they kill animals for food, fashion, and what not.

  74. they should play the documentary ´dominion´ 24/7 everywhere on every public place

  75. Couldn't agree with Joaquin Phoenix more!! Glad he's using his platform to speak for those who can't.

  76. I am vegan thanks to Joaquin. He handed me my life back, now I'm able to pass it on.

  77. I think I have a new favorite actor.

  78. Earthlings made me go vegan, thank you Joaquin.

  79. He looks JUST like his Dad! It's so cool he was raised in such a compassionate family!🤗

  80. I love him as an actor, but veganism will destroy your body, your mind and the environment.

  81. All these years and I had NO IDEA River Phoenix is his brother! Damn….

  82. I have increased respect for Joaquin – I hope his example enlightens many people.

  83. Fantastic video than you..

  84. I'm not vegan but I support vegans. I think vegan/vegetarian is inevitable for humanity's future whether they like it or not (climate change will force it by reducing resources massively). What I don't support is people forcing vegan diets on their pets. Especially cats which are as carnivore as they can get.

  85. Love Joaquin. I've been vegan for almost 4 years & will never go back. He's right on every point. Humanity will look back one day on the history of animal exploitation with huge shame.

  86. When you thought Joaquin couldn't get any cooler 😀

  87. Go Vegan and Save Innocent Beings

  88. Another vegan Joker. Love it.

  89. My jaw dropped with delight when I saw that he wore an ALF sweatshirt to the opening weekend screenings of Joker!!! That is amazing. The vegan message will be clearly visible in all of the photos people took with him! I can only aspire to be an activist as awesome as he is. I don't like to worship "vegan celebrities" or idolize any specific activists too much, but it's hard not to when some of them are just so incredible.

  90. The real question is…….why does he look so old in Joker? He's only 44

  91. Love the thumbnail. They copied my hero Celeste Melody Lyons Facebook profile Pic with that one but it looks great on Joaquin. ❤️

  92. I wasn't even sure he was still vegan. I knew him and his sibs had been brought up vegan….SO HAPPY TO KNOW HE'S STILL COMPASSIONATE AND CARING ABOUT ALL OTHER LIVING BEINGS!!

  93. i am vegan,, but please say sike that he made his dog vegan and then has the audacity to protest against animal cruelty omfg the clownery

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