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Joaquin Phoenix uses Oscar speech to address animal rights

“We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and steal her baby”, said the lifelong vegan

Clare Wiley posted in Vegan
1y ago

Joaquin Phoenix won the best actor Oscar last night for his electrifying turn in the movie Joker.

And whatever you think of the controversy-courting actor, at least you can’t accuse him of giving a boring acceptance speech full of thanks to people we’ve never heard of (we’re looking at you, Renée Zellweger).

Phoenix decided to use his moment in the spotlight to speak about the many injustices in the world - including animal rights.

The star, who has been vegan since childhood and has campaigned for PETA, said: “I think we’ve become very disconnected from the natural world. Many of us are guilty of an egocentric world view, and we believe that we’re the centre of the universe. We go into the natural world and we plunder it for its resources.”

“We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakeable. Then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal.

He added: “We fear the idea of personal change, because we think we need to sacrifice something; to give something up. But human beings at our best are so creative and inventive, and we can create, develop and implement systems of change that are beneficial to all sentient beings and the environment.”

The speech got a mixed reaction, with Vice calling it "unhinged".

Vox said: "It was a powerful speech, but what made it stand out from other similar awareness-raising speeches we’ve heard from the Oscar stage was its explicit calling out of speciesism. By including “animal rights” in the same sentence as a litany of other pressing issues — gender inequality, racism, queer rights, and indigenous rights — Phoenix elevated concern for the welfare of animals as something no less important than caring for fellow human beings."

What did you think Joaquin using the speech to raise awareness of animal rights?

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Comments (8)

  • If humans had not domesticated cows , perhaps 10,000 years ago, and built fences around them, wolves, and other predators would still be eating their bovine descendants whenever they felt so inclined.

    Dairy farmers work very hard for minimal reward, and I'm going to go out on a limb and say that probably they are the correct person to ask regarding the question of the welfare of a dairy cow.

    Either that or an actual real life veterinarian doctor who is actually experienced with dairy cows .

    Most people like a milk chocolate bar.

    The Hershey chocolate factory in Pennsylvania, considered by some to be the best investment idea, like, ever, is surrounded by dairy farms, and well trained dogs like Weimeranas.

    The Weimeranas are gainfully employed, retained, for the purpose of seeing off predators.

    I'm not saying don't be a vegan or a vegetarian; that choice is entirely up to the individual.

    But , I would suggest that perhaps, that these sorts of questions ought to be kept in perspective.

    Researcher P.J. O'Rourke has recently suggested that the future probably will be less influenced by celebrities, and more influenced by economic reality, and nerds.

    And maybe, people who don't mind the odd milk chocolate bar , and are good at making them ?


      1 year ago
  • Often artificial insemination is done to prevent injury that comes from mating, especially in larger breeds. The cows are very well cared for because if they aren’t the milk will not meet basic requirements. It’s part of why modern dairy farms protect the calves from accidental stomps from the mum, and spend large amounts of time in the pens with the calves.

    Looking through an uninformed lens it will look unnatural because cows are just as unnatural as chihuahuas.

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  • I assume 'species-ism' is a term used by those who argue that when that 4-year old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure at Cincinnati zoo, it shouldn't have been the endangered and inculpable gorilla that was shot.

    Watch the movies, not the Oscars.

      1 year ago
  • Sad isn't it ?

      1 year ago
  • Joaquin is THE MAN!

      1 year ago