“As a child, your parents just say, ‘It’s fish’ and you don’t know the difference between fish or broccoli. And to suddenly realise that this thing that we’ve eaten once used to be full of life and we can see it struggling for its life,” he trailed off.
Joaquin and his siblings then vowed to change their ways. “My brother, River, and my sister Rain said, ‘If we’re not going to eat this then we shouldn’t take their milk, or wear leather.’ That was 43 years ago,” he added.
Baby River is, in fact, named after the elder River, who died at age 23 in 1993.
Last month, Rooney spoke about how motherhood has changed her outlook on life, while supporting an environmental campaign by the vegan Farm Sanctuary.
The Carol actress wrote, “Raising our baby, River, has opened my heart to a whole new life filled with hope and more determination than ever to create a kinder and more sustainable world.”