James Aspey – Planet Slaughterhouse
James Aspey is a animal rights activist from Sydney, Australia.
At the age of only 17 he was diagnosed with leukaemia and got told he had 6 weeks to live. He beat cancer after 3 years of chemotherapy and during that time he began partying and abusing drugs.
He turned his life around once again and became a passionate personal trainer so he could help others with their health.
He spent 7 years working on a cruise ship, and partying a lot was the norm. That lead to an eating disorder. His journey changed direction when he met a wise Indian man who told him eating animals is bad karma.
He went vegetarian for a 7 day experiment and felt surprisingly great. He researched into the health benefits and realised how much he has been missing out!
Upon more research he discovered the shocking and violent truth of what is being done to animals for food, clothing, entertainment and medical testing. It led him to the question, “If we don’t need to kill and eat animals to be healthy, what are we doing this for?” The best justifications he could find or hear were incredibly weak.
In 2014 he took a 365 day vow of silence and cycled 5000 kilometers to raise awareness for animals and promote peace over violence.
He broke his vow during a live interview on Australia’s most popular morning TV show.
James is now travelling the world giving free speeches to make our planet a more sustainable place.
02:00 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
04:22 Brian’s introduction.
04:57 London, like the rest of the world, where Veganism and animal rights movements are growing.
05:43 Vow of silence for 365 days, not many people are prepared to put that much skin in the game.
11:07 What James learned from that experience including the power of non-violent protest.
16:19 Why people don’t think about the life and death of the animal or fish in the products they eat.
20:34 There will be a radical change towards veganism and for animal rights over the next century.
21:51 Why governments dare not tell people what to eat.
23:55 Can you really beat a KFC? Why not eat a salmon you’ve caught or the deer you’ve hunted?
30:42 Are we not natural predators just like those in the animal kingdom?
33:34 How James became a good public speaker.
35:26 The biggest argument he hears against veganism which frustrates him the most.
37:39 If you are a vegan you can still be a world record holding strong man.
41:59 The vegan community which sometimes seems to attract controversy.
48:30 A typical day in James’ life, which next year he intends to change completely.
51:11 How James makes a living.
52:25 What it will be like for 150 people camping and fasting in front of a slaughterhouse for 5 days.
57:26 James is not an animal lover he just respects them.
59:11 Are comparisons of animal killing to slavery or to a holocaust, justifiable?
1:00:21 James’ views on other activists in the vegan movement.
1:01:34 Cancer, drugs, struggle with bulimia and Tim Ferris’ influence,
1:13:11 What the book “End Emotional Eating” taught James that helped him fight bulimia.
1:15:50 Is veganism an eating disorder?
1:17:14 Modern life is contributing to more people becoming vegans.
1:19;52 James talks about Vipassanā meditation from his experience of seven 10-day sessions.
1:27:30 How James thinks fellow vegans would say he has influenced the Vegan movement.
1:30:31 What James thinks his life will be like in ten years.
1:33:29 Success Secrets.
1:34:12 The worst (and there really were some) and best days of James’ life.
1:40:26 What James thinks is his superpower,
1:41:47 What scares James.
1:42:50 What keeps him awake at night.
1:43:41 What James has changed his mind about recently.
1:45:27 James has just hit rock bottom with the pressures of daily vlogging.
1:48:37 Why James has started breakdancing.
1:50:24 Phone call to the 20 year old James Aspey.
1:51:39 Best advice ever received.
1:54:28 Advice to the 20 year old listening now who would like to promote veganism philosophy.
1:57:21 Brian’s summing up.
James Aspey links:
James Aspey’s website
James Aspey on YouTube
James Aspey on Facebook
James Aspey on Instagram
James Aspey on Tumblr
James Aspey Clothing
The Ragged Edge of Silence by John Francis
What the Health (documentary)
Tyson Foods CEO announcement
Best Speech You Will Ever Hear – Gary Yourofsky
The Happy Vegan by Russell Simmons
The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss
End Emotional Eating by Dr Jennifer Taitz
Forks Over Knives (film)
People mentioned in this episode:
John Francis (environmentalist)
Martin Luther King Jnr.
Brian Avocado Wolfe
Dr Michael Gregor