The late River Phoenix was not only a supremely talented actor and musician but also a compassionate person who cared deeply for animals. When he was just 17 years old, he wrote this beautiful lyric:
Run to the rescue with love,
And peace will follow.
At a certain point, one can only binge-watch so many shows and spend so many hours on Instagram (even if that’s likely many, many shows and many, many hours). For those of you looking to take a break from the screen during self-isolation, PETA’s got you covered: Get out your crayons, paint, or any other medium of your choice and get to coloring with this anti-speciesism coloring page!
‘Run to the Rescue With Love’
River’s legacy of kindness lives on through the other members of the Phoenix family, many of whom are committed animal rights activists in their own right.
River’s brother, Joaquin Phoenix, has collaborated with PETA and its affiliates on campaigns against the wool, dog-leather, exotic-skins, and fishing industries, among others. He also used his recent moment in the spotlight, as he swept the 2020 awards season for his performance in Joker, to speak up for animal rights and against speciesism. As he concluded the acceptance speech for his Best Actor Oscar, Joaquin paid tribute to his brother by reciting this lyric, which perfectly captured his speech’s theme of empathy.
Each animal on this coloring page represents those who are typically exploited for experimentation, dissection, food, and clothing. PETA’s mission is to remind the world that animals are not ours to use – not as test tubes, not for a meal, and not for bags or shoes.
Keep Your Kids Busy, Too
We also have awesome free coloring sheets that include tips on being a superhero for cats and dogs and that remind kids to treat animals with care this spring. Don’t forget to share them with your friends and family so they can learn, too!
NO PRINTER? NO PROBLEM!
Click here for instructions for coloring the page directly from your computer.
Post your artwork to your preferred social channels, and tag @petaasia! We’d love to see what you’ve done!