James Aspey

James with sheep

At 17, James was diagnosed with leukemia and told he only had 6 weeks to live. He beat the cancer only to slide into a life of drugs and alcohol punctuated by a eating disorder. Then a chance encounter with an Indian man would forever change the trajectory of James’ life forever

Motivated to raise awareness for the planet’s forgotten victims, in 2014 James Aspey took a 365-day vow of silence. After an entire year without speaking, he ended his vow on Australian national television with an interview that reached tens of millions of people and inspired many to make more conscious and compassionate lifestyle choices. This cemented him as a charismatic new force in the fight for the ethical treatment of animals.
Ranked #3 among the “Top 25 Most Influential Vegans” by Plant Based News, James has gone on to cycle 5000kms across Australia to prove that vegans can be fit & healthy. He got tattooed for 25 hours straight to raise $20,000 for charity. He’s been featured in a multitude of prominent mainstream media outlets; given free speeches at countless schools, universities, and conferences; and attended local activism events, slaughterhouse vigils, and street outreach events all across the world.
He transparently shares his life and campaigns online to a massive tribe of global followers. Online, his speeches have reached tens of millions of people. His most popular speech has been viewed over 13 million times.
Enthusiastic, accessible and highly skilled behind a podium, James is inspiring a new generation to change how we eat and live in communion with the animals that share this home we call Earth.