Joaquin Phoenix: Militant celebrity vegans accused of harming farmers’ mental health | News

The militant brand of veganism espoused by celebrities like Joaquin Phoenix is harming the mental health of Britain’s agricultural workers, the head of the National Farmers’ Union has said.

Minette Batters criticised the actor, who has been a vegan since the age of three, for “hurting” the wellbeing of farmers. She said: “Celebrities have to be careful — there are real life consequences for others.”

She added that Phoenix should remember that “there are people at the end of this. There are small family farms and they get hurt too. It’s just about instilling this philosophy of being kind”, adding: “We all need to think about our mental wellbeing in this world of social media. We just need to take a step back sometimes.”