Joker star Joaquin Phoenix has been named by the Folks for the Moral Therapy of Animals (PETA) as its 2019 Particular person of the 12 months.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Phoenix, who’s been a vegan since he was three, has been a longtime supporter of the animal rights organisation.
The actor not too long ago appeared on PETA’s “We Are All Animals” billboards as he promoted laws to ban touring wild-animal circuses; his partnership with PETA contains campaigns towards unique skins fishing, canine leather-based and the turkey trade.
Phoenix additionally government produced The Animal Folks, a documentary about animal rights activists developing towards highly effective trade pursuits.
Phoenix joins earlier PETA Particular person of the 12 months winners like Pope Francis, Oprah Winfrey and Anjelica Huston and celebrities like Olivia Munn, Eva Mendes and Alicia Silverstone who’ve labored with PETA to create consciousness of animal cruelty in trend.
“Joaquin Phoenix by no means misses a possibility to show the highlight away from himself and onto animals’ plight and to set an awesome instance of strolling the vegan stroll,” PETA president Ingrid Newkirk mentioned in a press release.