Pets can provide individuals with emotional support, and Robert Downey Jr. has a well-known affection for animals as evidenced by his portrayal of Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series. The superhero’s softer side is showcased through his love for his dogs. Additionally, he played the famous veterinarian character Doctor Dolittle who has the unique ability to communicate with animals. Communication with animals seems like a fantastical idea to most people, but for Robert Downey Jr., it might not be too challenging considering he has a variety of pets in his home in Malibu. He and his wife, Susan, have even adopted two cats who are now part of their family.
The Hollywood actor has named his two rescued kittens as Monty and D’Artagnan. According to Robert, he cherishes the presence of these creatures so much that life without them seems meaningless.
In 2017, he became the proud owner of Moly, a black cat who was in dire need of a safe and secure home. Having had a rough past, Moly finally found the love and protection he deserved. With a friendly and sociable nature, Moly feels blessed to have found a family that cares for him deeply. Susan shared that understanding D’Artagnan can be quite challenging, as it’s hard to read his emotions. Despite being categorized as a sleepy feline, he comfortably coexists with other pets in his abode.
According to the actor, he initially had reservations about adopting rescued animals due to feeling saddened by their difficult circumstances. However, he ultimately couldn’t resist giving them a permanent home and now considers them an integral part of his life. In addition to cats and dogs, the Downey household also welcomes alpacas as pets. The animals are given ample space to frolic and play in their expansive green backyard, providing them with a sense of freedom akin to their natural habitat.
The sustainable garden, which houses a variety of rescued animals including goats, chickens, pigs, cows, and alpacas, has been attracting visitors for quite some time now. It’s no secret that Robert Downey Jr. is a vegan and this lifestyle choice came about after he was exposed to the cruel treatment of animals.
During the Dr. Dolittle premiere, he praised his wife’s talent as a producer, stating that she was the most amazing creative producer in the history of film. Meanwhile, he joked about his own profession of making funny faces for a living and admitted to no longer eating chicken as he has decided to switch to a plant-based diet.
The thespian established the Footprint Coalition with the aim of utilizing robotics and nanotechnology to address global environmental issues. His adoption of a vegan lifestyle will be advantageous in fulfilling this objective, as the meat industry is one of the primary culprits of climate change, generating a substantial amount of plastic waste that is polluting our oceans.
Did you know that Ruby Rose, the talented actress who portrays Batwoman in DC’s Arrowverse, is also a passionate advocate for animal rights and the environment? Her commitment to these causes prompted her to become a vegan after learning about the cruel treatment of animals in the food industry. It was a rude awakening for her when she discovered that the shark fin soup she had been consuming regularly was made from actual shark fins. Her mother had lied to her, saying it was not real. The revelation left Ruby devastated, and she spent three weeks crying over the deception.
The thought of sharks swimming around in the ocean without their fins and unable to eat anything made me feel even more disturbed. It’s heartening to see how Robert Downey Jr. and other real-life heroes are advocating for animal and environmental rights, and their actions inspire fans to follow suit.