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.

Chapters:
00:00 Trailer.
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
http://www.jamesaspey.com.au/
James Aspey on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcKFPLxaWvKMwbjd5GjhzKg
James Aspey on Facebook
https://en-gb.facebook.com/jamesaspeyactivism/
James Aspey on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/jamesaspey/
James Aspey on Tumblr
https://james-aspey.tumblr.com/
James Aspey Clothing
http://jamesaspey.bigcartel.com/

Topics discussed:
The Ragged Edge of Silence by John Francis
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ragged-Edge-Silence-Finding-Peace/dp/1426207239
Gandhi (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandhi_(film)
Earthlings (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthlings_(film)
Cowspiracy (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowspiracy
What the Health (documentary)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_the_Health
Tyson Foods CEO announcement
http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/03/07/tysons-new-ceo-future-food-isnt-meat.html
Best Speech You Will Ever Hear – Gary Yourofsky
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5hGQDLprA8
The Happy Vegan by Russell Simmons
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Happy-Vegan-Living-Healthy-Successful/dp/1592409326
The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss
https://www.amazon.co.uk/4-Hour-Body-Uncommon-Incredible-Superhuman/dp/0091939526
Bulimia nervosa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulimia_nervosa
End Emotional Eating by Dr Jennifer Taitz
https://www.amazon.co.uk/End-Emotional-Eating-Dialectical-Behaviour/dp/1608821218
Vipassanā (meditation)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vipassan%C4%81
Limitless (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limitless_(film)
Forks Over Knives (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forks_Over_Knives
Challenge22+
https://www.challenge22.com/challenge22/

People mentioned in this episode:
John Francis (environmentalist)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Francis_(environmentalist)
Mahatma Gandhi
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahatma_Gandhi
Martin Luther King Jnr.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Jr.
Malcolm X
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_X
Bill Gates
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Gates
Cameron Hanes
https://www.wikifame.org/wiki/Cameron-Hanes
Ido Portal
https://londonreal.tv/ido-portal-just-move-documentary-live-q-and-a/
Albert Einstein
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein
Timothy Shieff
https://londonreal.tv/timothy-shieff-the-vegan-prince/
Russell Simmons
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Simmons
Tim Ferriss
https://londonreal.tv/tim-ferriss-blast-from-the-past/
https://londonreal.tv/tim-ferriss-the-4-hour-phenomenon/
Kevin Kelly
https://londonreal.tv/kevin-kelly-the-inevitable/
Louis Cole
https://londonreal.tv/louis-cole-fun-for-louis/
Crazy Legs
https://londonreal.tv/bboy-crazy-legs-rock-steady/
Storm
https://londonreal.tv/bboy-storm-stay-hungry/
Brian Avocado Wolfe
https://londonreal.tv/david-avocado-wolfe/
Dr Michael Gregor
https://londonreal.tv/dr-michael-greger-how-not-to-die/

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James is a lovely guy and right about so much BUT…Go out into the bush/wilderness and see how long you could last on plants only or spend time with indigenous people all over the world and you find they absolutely depend on meat for sustenance and these people have the lowest carbon footprint on the earth. When/if times get hard the people most likely to survive would be hardy farmers and indiginous folk who have a wide range of foods available in the event of a crop failure or virus that spoils all the plants/vegetables and vice versa with the… Read more »

Julie
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Julie

You are an amazing person, you are inspiring, I am one of those people who are very emotional over the killing of animals and I want it to stop because I can’t stand seeing the pain they go through, I love that you do this and making it happen.

awpelleg969
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awpelleg969

James you do great work.

vincentvonglasow
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vincentvonglasow

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride still would love her sitting in this chair brian. Vegan-Meat question

Dominic Jones
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Interesting interview. Thank you for sharing.

Stephen
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Stephen

this was awsome thanks.his story is inspiring.he has overcome allot and the binging part and social media part really hit home with me.this monthe i celebrate 2 years vegan and cant picture going back.
thanks to brian for bringing on vegans that are really pushing the movement and he takes the time for a real interveiw.he is very inspiring himself and watching his vegan iron man challenge was great.

Sagar
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Veganism is not new. Enlightened people have been abstaining from consuming animal products since thousands and thousands of years.

chris-macpherson
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There is no reasonable argument against it. The future is veganism. It’s just a shame so many people are blind to it. Like most of us all were at some point.

kasia_dob89
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kasia_dob89

this guy is absolutley freaking legend !!! Love ya James !

Maria Angelova
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Maria Angelova

It’s always interesting to me when people come up with these incredible scenarios ….like the desert island, like the if you are in the woods and blah, blah, blah …. hunter-gatherers yadda yadda yadda …when we live in a society where we no longer need to do any of this!! Just amazing! There is not one logical argument against veganism. Go vegan, peeps, be on the right side of history!

Sam
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Sam

Everybodies goiiiing vegaaaan!

Ryan
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Ryan

James is the best. Such an inspiration.

Irasema
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Irasema

Brilliant interview! James is such an amazing man. I saw him live the day he spoke after his vow of silence and he changed my life forever. I’m forever grateful for what he does. Peace and live vegan my friends

Myriam
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Myriam

James is a wonderful human being! A true inspiration and not just by being vegan, but by being true with all things that he encountered so far in his life, by admitting he doesnt know it all and finding and then sharing a way out of all those situations and by radiating this palpable joy! Many great things are still ahead James ❤

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Hi Brian! it’s awesome to have someone in the world who brings relevant topics like global warming and animal rights activism, something nobody else would talk about! respect for that!! I love London Real!

abilicious
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abilicious

This guy has inspired me to go Vegan … been thinking about it for a while and was veggie for 6 years a few years ago. James I’m all Vegan now baby for all the reasons you should be. I’m just a week in and truly feel great about my decision 🙂

Simon
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What an absolute inspiration, this man is.

stattert
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stattert

enjoyable and inspiring

Kyla
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Kyla

Love. Love! Love!!! Biggest thanks to all involved in this.

snooze96778
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snooze96778

please, anybody tell me the 2nd and 3rd documentary James mentioned at the end? thanks.