Silent vegan speaks out
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.