Joaquin Phoenix says he won’t ‘force’ his nine-month-old baby to be vegan, despite having strong beliefs on the matter.
The 46-year-old, who has been vegan since he was three years old, revealed in an interview with The Sunday Times that he will ‘support’ his son, River, even if he becomes a meat-eater.
Opening up, he said: “Certainly, I would hope that [he is vegan], but I’m not going to impose my belief on my child. I don’t think that’s right.”
He continued: “I’m not going to indoctrinate him with the idea that McDonald’s have a Happy Meal because there’s nothing f****ng happy about that meal.
“I’m not going to tell him that it’s okay to read books about all the wonderful little farm animals, and they say ‘oink oink oink’ and ‘moo moo moo,’ and not tell him that that’s what a hamburger is.
“So I’m not going to perpetuate the lie, but I’m also not going to force him to be vegan. I’ll support him. That’s my plan.”
Last September, Joaquin and his partner, Rooney Mara, welcomed their first child.
They named their son after the actor’s eldest brother, River Phoenix, who died in 1993, aged just 23, after suffering from a drug overdose.
Rooney wrote a letter that was published in the Farm Sanctuary’s Mother’s Day campaign.
She penned: “Raising our baby, River, has opened my heart to a whole new life filled with hope and more determination than ever to create a kinder and more sustainable world.
“I feel so fortunate to be able to nurture my son in all of the ways that nature intended and I wish all mothers in the animal kingdom could experience that sacred maternal bond with their young, devoid of exploitation by humans.”
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