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Joaquin Phoenix: Walk the (Skin-Free) Line

Written by PETA | March 25, 2010

Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe– and Grammy-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix is talented, compassionate, and heart-achingly handsome. (I assure you, it’s a harmless crush.)

Joaquin, who is vhegan—right down to his pleather gladiators—has narrated our exotic-skins video in the hope of inspiring both shoe aficionados and luxe footwear designers to shun exotic skins, à la Nike, Cole Haan, H&M, and


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He’s also penned letters to Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin in which he points out that many snakes, alligators, lizards, and crocodiles are skinned alive by people who believe that the practice makes leather more supple. Snakes can remain alive for up to four days after they are skinned.

There are enough skin-free styles to inspire any shoe fanatic and handbag addict to give skins the boot. I personally can’t get enough of the offerings at MooShoes. How do you satisfy your need for skin-free kicks?

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • klarasun says:

    …much work to do my friend

  • Jude says:

    Skinned alive and “wink” … watch Earthlings the seal why don’t you make a mobile movie out of that short footage to bring the people to vomit the seal hunt is running am I right ???

  • Jenn says:

    Awww he’s so cute. He really does care deeply about animals. He narrated an excellent documentary about the exploitation of animals and it’s effects on humans and the environment called Earthlings. Excellent stuff.

  • michelle says:

    Joaquin MIA for so long…. miss him he’s a great actor. Good to see he’s narrating another video for PETA. Matt and Nat bags are the best vegan accessories second only to Stella McCartney.

  • Marnie says:

    Thank you for inspiring me… Found my way!

  • Lucretia says:

    Thank you Joaquin for caring about the animals.I wish there were more people like you in the world

  • Stephen A Marchant says:

    Just once I would like for the animal abusers to get skinned alive throat sliced and hung on a rack as all these animals recieve all because they tried to please their masters with food and clothing. Biting the hand that feeds them then walking on it prodding it … omg. …They did not deserve this and any Terran doing so to another Terran deserves the same done to them. All this for what in the end? MONEY. Funny how money is more valueable then the wellbeing of neighborly Terran. Power to PETA.

  • Natasha says:

    I love him. Too bad he stopped acting. I loved him in Two Lovers.

  • NT says:

    I truly love and respect Joaquin. Too bad he’s decided not to act anymore.

  • Sandra Neto says:

    Today I received an email to reach 1000 names because of animals skinned alive I don’t know where. It was a hidden camera somewhere. I didn’t have the courage to see the video because just the discription on the email made me sick! I just can’t understand why people film this know where this happens and don’t arrest or simple kill this monsters that do this to the poor animals. Sandra Portugal

  • Brien Comerford says:

    The extremely talented Joaquin Phoenix and his late talented brother namely River were and are very animal friendly crueltyfree and staunch vegetarians. They were in a rock band that contributed songs to PETA and IN Defense of Animals.

  • Andre Inglis says:

    Joaquin Phoenix is such a great voice for animals pardon the pun. So many look up to his compassionate ways and I’m certain his contributions have helped countless people go veg. I’ll be watching this video shortly. I’m quite excited to her his narration. And Moo Shoes ROCK!!! D