Phoenix Narrates New PETA Film

click image to enlarge
July 2, 2010 | 4:17pm EST

Animal-lover Joaquin Phoenix has returned to the spotlight after a two-year hiatus to front a new PETA video about the horror of turning exotic pets into fashion accessories.

Phoenix quit acting in 2008 to embark on a career as a rapper and he hit the headlines throughout 2009 for a string of bizarre incidents – but his love for snakes and lizards has brought him back.

Phoenix has narrated a hard-hitting new PETA video which features undercover footage of the way snakes are skinned for bags and shoes.

He says, “Exotic animals are mostly unknown to us, and so is what they suffer before being turned into belts and bags.”
The film, currently available on PETA’s websites, features footage of a live snake which is nailed to a tree by the head.

The snake’s body is cut open and the skin is ripped off – all while the animal is still alive.

The video also shows lizards being decapitated and writhing in agony as they’re skinned alive. In one scene a crocodile farm worker is seen clubbing one of the creatures to death.

As well as narrating the film, Phoenix also sent off copies of the video to high-fashion shoe designers Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin and asked them to stop using exotic skins.

He adds, “Animal welfare is simply not a consideration at all for those who hunt, poach, factory-farm and often skin alive animals.”