Silent ve­gan speaks out

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JAMES PASLEY

For some­one who didn’t speak for a whole year, James Aspey has got a lot to say.

The an­i­mal ac­tivist, who took a year-long vow of si­lence to protest against an­i­mal cru­elty, is speak­ing in Auck­land next week.

The Syd­ney-born ve­gan will speak at the Ve­gan Food Fair on April 23 and at the Univer­sity of Auck­land on April 24.

In 2014 the 29-year-old spent 365 days trav­el­ling around Aus­tralia to raise aware­ness about an­i­mal cru­elty with­out speak­ing.

Dur­ing his si­lence Aspey wrote a blog and cy­cled 5000 kilo­me­tres from Dar­win to Syd­ney to prove peo­ple could eat a ve­gan diet and still be healthy and ath­letic.

In 2015 he ended his vow of si­lence on Aus­tralian morn­ing news show Sun­rise.

‘‘The rea­son I took the vow of si­lence was to raise aware­ness for the voice­less vic­tims of this planet,’’ Aspey said.

‘‘So much cru­elty hap­pens be­cause of us and at the same time with a few small changes we can fix it.’’

Aspey has given more than 150 free speeches en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to be­come ve­gan, and call­ing for ve­g­ans to be­come more ac­tive.

His free talk at the Univer­sity of Auck­land is at 6pm in the Gen­eral Li­brary and en­try to the Ve­gan Food Fair at the Alexan­dra Park Race­way is $10 on the door.

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