Subscribe to our Podcast: iTunes | Google Play | StitcherTuneIn | RSS | Android | Email

Episode 014: James Aspey - From Drugs and Cancer to Vegan Activism and Meditation 

September 25, 2017

At 17 years old, James Aspey was diagnosed with leukemia and was given only 6 weeks to live. He beat the cancer, lived a life of hard partying, drugs, and developed an eating disorder. 

Many years later, his life changed on a cruise ship - of all places! 

Fast forward to today and James has replaced drugs, cancer, and bulimia with surfing, vegan activism, and meditation.

In 2014, James took a 365 day vow of silence to raise awareness for animals… and since breaking that vow on mainstream television, he has not stopped talking and educating people about animal liberation and peace. 

As an animal rights activist, James has taken part in a multitude of different forms of activism, including giving hundreds of talks around the world, with his most popular speech having 12 million views on social media! 

It was a pleasure to catch up with and learn from today’s special guest, James Aspey.


* This podcast episode was sponsored by Mes Amies Soaps. Please check out their website for vegan + cruelty-free skincare products and support the businesses that support our podcast, thank you!

Links to James' social media can be found here on his website 

James' most popular speech is an excerpt from the full version which is pinned here

Instrumental music produced by Chuki


Thanks for Listening!

To share your thoughts:

• Leave a comment in the comment section below.

• Ask a question in the comment section below for our weekly 'Ask TVC' series.

• Share this show on TwitterFacebook, or any of your other social media.

To help out the show:

• Leave a review and rating on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and we read each one.

• Subscribe to our Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Google PlayTunein, or wherever you listen to Podcasts.

Leave a tip or join us on Patreon

Advertise on the show

If you're interested in advertising on the show you can contact us here.

Until next time!

6 Comments on “

  1. I didn’t know much about James and found this podcast really interesting. It has inspired me to think about a possible vegan festival in the town where I live. I think that a festival is a greater positive publicity than a demonstration. During a demonstration, some streets are closed and the locals hate that. In addition to that there is usually aggression or just negative energy (people shouting etc.) which might have adverse effects. Thanks a lot for what you do!

  2. Really enjoyed this podcast. Natasha, Luca and James, you are all doing great things to raise awareness for our animal friends, thank you.

  3. I have been waiting for this podcast. James is so amazing! He is such a positive guy, i love how he spreads the message. Thank you guys for posting this.

    1. He certainly is a very special and unique gift to the vegan movement. Thanks for listening and commenting Melissa 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.