Vegan Joaquin Phoenix
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Vegan Joaquin Phoenix is urging people to be compassionate this Thanksgiving and leave turkey off their plate altogether.

The Oscar-winning actor has explicitly joined a slew of other celebs in signing a Turkey-Free Pledge.

Vegan animal rescue Farm Sanctuary created the pledge. Stars including Alec Baldwin, Rooney Mara, and Edie Falco have consequently signed it.

Thanksgiving 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.

Eating 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.”

You can find out more about the pledge here

Maria Chiorando

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.