Joaquin Phoenix is a vegan and a big fighter for animal rights.
One thing that many people don't think about is how our non-plant food is actually killed.
No, we're not talking about slaughter houses… we're talking about fish!
All over the world, tons of fish are pulled from the ocean every day and suffocate outside of the water in a traumatic death.
Joaquin can related, having learned about this cruelty from a young age, saying:
"My family and I were on a boat, catching fish. As one fish was caught, he was writhing, then he was thrown against the side of the boat. You couldn’t disguise what it was. This was what we did to animals to eat them. The animal went from a living, vibrant creature fighting for life to a violent death. I recognized it, as did my brothers and sisters."
That sounds just awful but you can tell how caring and sensitive of a person he was, even as a kid.
Check out the PETA video (above) to see Joaquin live through what thousands upon thousands of fish go through every day.
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