… The dairy industry is striking back at Joaquin Phoenix’s tirade against milk… Phoenix, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor on Sunday for his starring role in “Joker,” used his acceptance speech to voice his qualms with dairy farming, saying humans “go to the natural world and we plunder it for its resources,” promoting animal rights… 

 

 

Joaquin Phoenix's Oscars speech slamming cow's milk sparks backlash from dairy industry

Phoenix pleas for animal rights during Oscars speech

 

By Jeanette Settembre, FOXBusiness

Feb 10, 2020

 

The dairy industry is striking back at Joaquin Phoenix’s tirade against milk.

 

Phoenix, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor on Sunday for his starring role in “Joker,” used his acceptance speech to voice his qualms with dairy farming, saying humans “go to the natural world and we plunder it for its resources,” promoting animal rights.

 

“We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth, we steal her baby. We take her milk that’s intended for her calf, and we put it in our coffee and our cereal. And I think we fear the idea of personal change because we think that we have to sacrifice something.”

 

A spokesman for the National Milk Producers Federation responded:

 

"If he [Phoenix] studied the commitment of dairy farmers to animal welfare and had a fuller understanding of the contribution of dairy products to a nutritious diet, especially for children, he might have a different perception of the value that dairy contributes to global health and the importance of the dairy sector to global livelihood,” Alan Bjerga, a spokesman for the National Milk Producers Federation, told FOX Business on Monday.

 

“He’s said these things many times. This wasn’t new to us, but it’s new to many people because he hasn’t’ had a platform like an Oscars acceptance speech,” Bjerga said, adding that he doesn’t anticipate Phoenix’s comments will impact dairy sales or change consumer perception...

 

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