Joey Carbstrong
Joseph Armstrong
OccupationAnimal rights activist
Known forAnimals rights advocacy

Joseph Armstrong, known professionally as Joey Carbstrong, is an Australian animal rights activist. A former criminal,[1] he has since undergone a personal transformation towards advocacy for animal liberation and veganism, through social media and public speaking engagements, as well as debates and various televised interviews.

Personal life

Carbstrong was born Joseph Armstrong in Adelaide, Australia.[1] He has publicly stated that before his fame he was involved in substance abuse and crime.[1] He became a vegan after his release from incarceration.[1] He has a "Vegan" tattoo behind his right ear.[2]

At the age of 14, he had left school and developed a heavy drug addiction.[1] He had various blue collar jobs before receiving welfare at age 22. By this point he had gained a lengthy criminal record which included three assaults.[1] He spent 18 months under house arrest. An arrest in September 2011 was the result of police discovering a concealed, loaded shotgun which Armstrong was bringing to a drug deal. Multiple weapons and additional ammunition in his hotel room were also discovered and he spent six months in jail.[1] In May 2021, he released a video to celebrate his completion of eight years being sober.[3]

Animal rights advocacy

Carbstrong has been involved in animal rights street activism in Australia, Hong Kong,[4] and the United Kingdom, promoting groups such as Anonymous for the Voiceless and the Save Movement, an organization that holds vigils outside slaughterhouses and promotes veganism by sharing images and footage from farms and slaughterhouses on social media.[5]

During one protest against a slaughterhouse in Spennymoor, he stated, "Slaughterhouses are usually on the outskirts of towns and hidden away. I am sure if they had glass walls not so many people would be eating flesh. We are here to bear witness to the animals being sent to slaughter. We take their photos and show them to the public so they know where the meat they are eating comes from. These animals are individuals and they want to live. We don’t need meat to survive and we hope to make people think more about the food choices they make."[6]

Carbstrong has also commented that "We can't love animals whilst we're consuming their flesh or paying for them to go into a slaughterhouse," and that "Slaughterhouse workers are a product of a sick society who want to consume animal flesh."[5]


In January 2018, he began a 'Vegan Prophecy UK tour', which involve protesting against multiple slaughterhouses.[1] During this, he had multiple televised debates, including on the Jeremy Vine Show,[7] This Morning,[8] and Good Morning Britain.[9]

In 2018, Carbstrong appeared on the British TV programme This Morning to debate farmers Jonny and Dulcie Crickmore.[8] During the heated discussion, Carbstrong described artificial insemination of cows as a form of sexual abuse and said the dairy industry "sexually violates" cows.[8] On the Jeremy Vine Show, Carbstrong criticized Vine's ham and cheese sandwich that was on his desk.[7][10] Carbstrong stated that "cheese comes from a mother who had her children taken from her, and had hands shoved in her anus and was artificially inseminated with bull semen. Probably why vegans would say that a dairy farmer is akin to a rapist. I wouldn’t call a farmer a rapist, I wouldn’t use any of those words without explaining to them the process and why they involve themselves in these types of practices."[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Hayley Dixon and Jonathan Pearlman (9 February 2018). "'Peaceful vegan activist' Joey Carbstrong compared dairy farmers to Hitler and told them to kill themselves". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  2. ^ Lewis, Carly. "Thanks to vegans, my vegetarianism has become a source of shame". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  3. ^ My demons nearly took my life from me, this is what saved me..., retrieved 2021-05-16
  4. ^ "Hong Kong Pig Save activists stage vigil at city slaughterhouse". South China Morning Post. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  5. ^ a b Haque, Amber (2018-01-29). "'Vegans call me murderer and rapist'". BBC News. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  6. ^ "Celebrity vegan stands shoulder-to-shoulder with animal rights activists during abattoir vigil". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  7. ^ a b c "Vegan Activist Blasts Jeremy Vine After Spotting His Ham And Cheese Sandwich". HuffPost UK. 2018-02-01. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  8. ^ a b c Young, Sarah. (2018). "Vegan campaigner Joey Carbstrong criticised after confronting farming couple who received death threats". The Independent. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  9. ^ Is Milk Murder for Cows? | Good Morning Britain. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  10. ^ Street-Porter, Janet. (2018). "Vegans hurt their case by being too extreme". The Independent. Retrieved 2019-11-13.