Longtime vegan and animal rights supporter Joaquin Phoenix used his Oscar worthy acting skills to make a statement about the brutal slaughter of fish.

In a new PETA video the actor shows what fish must feel during their final moments when they are suffocating to death. For those worried about seeing animal suffering, no fish are shown in the video. Just Phoenix as he mimics drowning and explains why fish deserve to be treated better.

The actor said about his first memories of fish and fishing, “My family and I were on a boat, catching fish. As one fish was caught, he was writhing, then he was thrown against the side of the boat. You couldn’t disguise what it was. This was what we did to animals to eat them. The animal went from a living, vibrant creature fighting for life to a violent death. I recognized it, as did my brothers and sisters.”

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