Joaquin Phoenix is a longtime vegan. His eco-conscious parents raised all of their children as vegans. As a child, Joaquin turned down many commercial appearances because they were for meat or milk products. Later, when he was asked to wear leather for his role in Walk the Line, he refused, so the costume department made his jackets and cowboy boots out of other materials. He also refuses to wear wool and is a regular PETA spokesperson, speaking out about China's dog leather trade.