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Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance – often considered the world’s greatest actor – has said one day people will look back in horror at our treatment of other species.

Sir Mark, who is currently vegetarian and says he wants to work towards being vegan – has teamed up with vegan charity PETA to make two videos about the horrors of animal performance – and about our general treatment of animals.

Sir Mark talks about animal suffering

Horror of animal treatment

“I think people will look back in horror at our treatment of animals today,” he said in one video.

“There could be such a richer, more valuable relationship for us with animals.

“This ruling cosmology of the world at the moment that we are somehow separate from nature, that we are not animals ourselves […] is so isolating and solitary for people – and just not true.”

Sir Mark urges people not to watch animal performances

Animal suffering

In the other video, he urged people not to watch animal performances, speaking specifically about bears.

According to PETA, traveling shows ‘torment bears, from chaining and muzzling them to preventing them from digging, roaming, hibernating, and doing anything else that’s natural and important to them’.

“Wherever you see bears performing, they’re suffering,” said Sir Mark. “Speaking as an actor, we should be clever enough to entertain people ourselves without putting animals through this kind of torture.

“Please don’t buy a ticket to an event ?? a circus, a fair, any event – where you see a bear performing.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for 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. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.