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James Aspey - Planet Slaughterhouse


James Aspey is a passionate vegan activist, speaker, and public figure who has dedicated his life to advocating for the voiceless inhabitants of our planet.

From Sydney, Australia, at the age of only 17 he was diagnosed with leukaemia and was told he had six weeks to live. He beat cancer after three 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.

His journey changed direction when he met a wise Indian man who told him eating animals is bad karma. He went vegetarian for a seven day experiment and felt surprisingly great.

Having researched the health benefits, James Aspey realised how much he has been missing out. Upon more investigation, 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 2015, Aspey embarked on a powerful and symbolic journey known as the “Voiceless365” campaign. For an entire year, he took a vow of silence to raise awareness about the plight of animals and the cruelty inherent in industries such as factory farming. His silence became a potent statement, drawing attention to the voicelessness of animals and the urgency of addressing their suffering.

Following the conclusion of the Voiceless365 campaign, James Aspey embraced a role as an outspoken and influential advocate for veganism. He began travelling extensively, delivering talks, participating in interviews, and engaging with diverse audiences to spread awareness about the ethical, environmental, and health implications of animal agriculture.

Aspey’s approach to vegan activism involves engaging in conversations rather than confrontation. He has participated in numerous debates and discussions with individuals who hold opposing views, aiming to foster understanding and empathy rather than hostility. Aspey’s calm and rational demeanour has contributed to creating an open space for dialogue around veganism and its associated concerns.

In addition to his vocal advocacy, James Aspey launched “The Kindness Project,” a platform dedicated to promoting compassion, empathy, and positive change. Through this initiative, Aspey collaborates with various organisations and individuals to inspire kindness and create a more compassionate world.

James Aspey’s impact extends to social media, where he leverages platforms such as Instagram and YouTube to share informative content, engage with his audience, and spread the message of veganism. His captivating storytelling, coupled with his genuine passion for creating a more compassionate world, has garnered a substantial following and inspired countless individuals to reevaluate their choices.

James Aspey’s journey from a leukaemia survivor to a global vegan advocate is a testament to the transformative power of personal choices and the impact one individual can have on the world. Through his eloquent speeches, educational campaigns, and compassionate approach, Aspey has become a beacon for those seeking positive change in their lives and the world around them.

As he continues to amplify the voices of the voiceless, James Aspey stands as a compelling force for a more ethical, compassionate, and sustainable world.


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.


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