Joaquin Phoenix Shares Disturbing Video Of Dogs Beaten For Leather

Posted on February 25th, 2015 at 12:31 pm
True Joaquin Phoenix dog leather Inherent Vice actor Joaquin Phoenix calls it "one of the worst things I've ever seen." The vegan is talking about a PETA video that exposes China's dog leather trade. Yes, you heard that right. The video is too graphic for us dog lovers at RumorFix to show, but if you dare see it -- Watch here. The video shows how dogs are kicked, beaten over their heads and have their throats slit and their skin peeled off, while other dogs are forced to watch. Joaquin Phoenix dog leather PETA claims the animals' skin is turned into leather—commonly gloves and other small goods such as cat toys and coat trim—and is exported all over the world to be sold to consumers who usually have no clue whose animal parts they're buying. "If you buy leather gloves, belts, or shoes, remember," the Her star says, "there's no easy way to tell whose skin you're really in. If you love dogs like I do, then please never buy or wear leather, whether it comes from a dog, a cow, or any other animal." The footage was captured by a PETA Asia investigator at a facility that reportedly bludgeons and skins 100 to 200 dogs a day. In China, there are still no penalties for cruelty to animals.