How long could you go without talking?  Without any verbal communication at all?  One hour? Two? A day? A week? A month?  How about 365 days of complete silence?  That’s exactly what James Aspey did.  And he did it for the animals.  I had the pleasure of interviewing James and then being interviewed by him as well!

Check out the video above for my full interview with James, but here are a few select nuggets:

On being vegan to stop animal cruelty:

“The only rational response if you’re against animal cruelty is to be vegan.  Otherwise, you’re just against a little bit of cruelty over here, you’re against that cruelty, but not that one, or you’re against cruelty to these animals but not those, and that doesn’t really make sense.” [tweet this]

On being voiceless:

“Just because someone’s voiceless shouldn’t mean that their life, their wants and desires and who they are shouldn’t [matter, and it] shouldn't mean that they don’t matter.”

On eating meat and masculinity:

“Eating meat is manly?  I was like, ‘what’s manly about doing this to vulnerable beings? That’s cowardly.'”

Definitely check out the full interview above for even more golden vegan nuggets.  And check out my interview on James' channel where I say some cool-ish stuff too! [tweet this cool-ish stuff] [or tweet this cool-ish stuff]

I’d love to hear your thoughts on his activism and the interview in the comments below!

See ya next nugget!

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4 thoughts on “He Didn’t Speak for An Entire YEAR- For the Animals | James Aspey

    Friderike Hirsch-Wright says:

    Dear Emily and James,

    Cool interviews and awesome content! Thank you both of you for what you are doing. You are both such an inspiration, such guiding lights.

    Love from Frid

    Nice one Emily and James!
    I’ve heard of James some time ago and thought that was a unique idea to stay silent for a year for the animals..any activity which brings awareness to our fellow friends on this Earth is valuable and thank you both for this ‘public service’, I’d say. It’s very much needed. And yes, James is a hot guy, which I hope will make more girls go vegan for him:)).

    thanks Sofia! glad you liked it…and yep- let’s use all the tools we have- even hotness ;)

    […] He Didn’t Speak for An Entire YEAR – For the Animals | James Aspey I loved this interview from Emily at Bite Size Vegan with James Aspey, who, as the title makes clear, didn’t speak for 365 days in an effort to bring awareness to animal suffering. I especially loved the part of the interview in which he talks about his journey to veganism; so much of it felt familiar to me, and, while the details were certainly different, echoed my own progression from it being based in something self-centric to being a process of discovery, leading to a reevaluation of my values and worldview, and ultimately being based in something larger than/outside of myself. I imagine this resonates with a lot of vegans. The whole interview is great, though. James is highly watchable, well-spoken, and conveys the ideas he’s sharing in a very relatable, easy-to-grasp manner. […]

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