"When I was old enough to realise that all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard." - River Phoenix
"Once when we were fifteen, River and I went out for a fancy dinner in Manhattan, and I ordered soft-shell crabs. He left the restaurant and walked around on Park Avenue, crying. I went out and he said, 'I love you so much, why?' He had such pain that I was eating an animal, that he hadn't impressed on me what was right." - Martha Plimpton
River......... You chose to speak out about injustice, the welfare of animals, human rights and the planet. You believed we all have a responsibility to each other. You believed speaking the truth carries no risk but silence in the face of things that matter has the potential to destroy us all. You believed in the truth inside each of us. You didn’t let ignorance, cruelty, bigotry, racism, sexism or the selfishness in our culture make you apathetic. You knew there was a choice. You chose to choose differently. You inspired a generation. Here’s to your timelessness as you continue to inspire for generations to come.
"I'm working with Students Against Dissection because I believe that students have a special role to play in alleviating animal suffering. Dissection teaches the cruel lesson that animal life is cheap and expendable. Choosing alternatives to dissection in biology classes is a simple and direct way for students to show respect for animals." - River
"If I have some celebrity, I hope I can use it to make a difference. The true social reward is that I can speak my mind and share my thoughts about the environment and civilisation itself. There's so much shit happening with people who are exploiting their positions and creating a lot of negativity."