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The Oscar-winning actor has explicitly joined a slew of other celebs in signing a Turkey-Free Pledge.
The pledge, that vegan Joaquin Phoenix signed, says: “I object to animal cruelty, environmental destruction, the exploitation of slaughterhouse workers, and the deep wounds inflicted upon rural communities by the factory farming industry.
“As such, I will join Farm Sanctuary in celebrating a more compassionate Thanksgiving by leaving turkey off my dinner plate.
This simple act helps spare the lives of the estimated 46 million turkeys who will be killed for Thanksgiving alone. It serves as a symbol of protest against animal agriculture’s role in the devastation of our ecosystem.
“[Ditching meat] acknowledges the workers who’ve been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 as a result of the factory farming industry’s shameful disregard for employee safety.”
The pledge also highlights the rural communities whose health and lives have been disrupted by pollutants emanating from neighboring factory farms.”
Celebrities and Farm sanctuary
This is not the first time celebrities have worked with the sanctuary to promote the plight of turkeys.
In 2018, filmmaker Kevin Smith and his daughter Quinn Smith – an ethical vegan – made a video for the rescue for this reason. They urged people to consider not eating turkey for the purpose of saving animals.
In it, Smith said: “I’ve been a vegan for over six months and there’s nothing I miss. You’re always told it’s OK to eat animals, and that we’re supposed to eat animals. And that’s just something you’re fed.”
He added that his generation believed that ‘for a long time’.
“Now we know a lot better…some stuff you just let go…we’ll be [eating delicious food and spending time with family this Thanksgiving] but there’ll be no carcass on the table…Change happens slow, and you have to change the conversation.
“You have my solemn word ladies, I will never eat another turkey. And I will go out of my way to see that others might not as well.”