Joaquin Phoenix is as unpredictable as they come, but that doesn't mean he doesn't hold a set of beliefs and keep to them!
Everyone knows that he's vegan — that's not news. What IS news is how he became vegan, and more importantly WHEN he became vegan!
HE WAS THREE!
Here's what he said about the day he gave up meat:
“There were five kids and we literally screamed at our parents and said, ‘We are never going to eat meat again.’ Because we were on a boat, and they were catching fish, and they were throwing fish against the side of the boat in order to kill them, they are flopping around, so these kids, there were five of us, no there were four of us, one of them was pregnant with my younger sister, and it was undeniable that it was brutal, barbaric and horrible for us, and so we said that. I remember my mum not being to answer and we said, ‘Why didn’t you tell us that’s where meat came from?’ And she didn’t know what to say. I feel like I have this memory of seeing her crying.”
That is SUPER traumatic!! We can totally understand why he's so passionate about the veganism cause, including working for PETA.
Here's what he said about that:
Well I think for a couple of things that I have done, a couple of PSA’s that I did, I think it was just about raising awareness. You know, when I was a kid growing up, people thought vegans were f*cking cults that had some bizarre rituals and sh*t and there were like some rules and we had to dress a certain way or something. Part of it is to say that there is an alternative, and this is the reality of other things and I wasn’t aware of that and thank you for making me aware of it. I didn’t know that I was buying that product and that’s what would happen. So, I think it’s awesome any time somebody makes me aware of something that I didn’t know.
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Wow, we had no idea about the deep history in his choice to stop eating meat! Any reason someone does so is a personal reason and should be respected, but it's totally something like this that makes the choice so easy to understand!
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