Angry vegan compares eating animals to the HOLOCAUST


A high-profile Australian vegan influencer has compared killing animals for human consumption to the Holocaust.

James Aspey has been vegan for eight years and is best known for taking a vow of silence for a year to raise awareness for animal rights. 

The 34-year-old now travels the world preaching about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, while taking donations from strangers on Patreon to fund his lifestyle.

Mr Aspey’s Instagram bio says ‘Animal rights is an anti-holocaust movement’ and, on Monday, he took aim at comedian-turned activist Russell Brand and accused him of telling people it’s ‘OK to consume the flesh of holocaust victims’.

James Aspey (pictured) has been vegan for eight years and is best known for taking a vow of silence for a year to raise awareness for animal rights

James Aspey (pictured) has been vegan for eight years and is best known for taking a vow of silence for a year to raise awareness for animal rights

On Monday, he took aim at comedian-turned activist Russell Brand and accused him of telling people it's 'OK to consume the flesh of holocaust victims' (pictured)

On Monday, he took aim at comedian-turned activist Russell Brand and accused him of telling people it’s ‘OK to consume the flesh of holocaust victims’ (pictured)

The Holocaust occurred between 1941 and 1945 across German-occupied Europe in World War II.

While the word itself is defined as ‘destruction or slaughter on a mass scale’, the term ‘holocaust’ has become synonymous with the genocide of six-million European Jews at the hands of Nazi Germany.

Mr Aspey’s heated response was in response to Brand saying it was possible to eat meat ethically.

‘Take this more seriously,’ he said in a message to Brand.

‘Animal right is not a f***ing joke. They are being murdered in gas chambers. Going vegan is just one step. Ending the holocaust is next.’

James Aspey is pictured with his wife Nikki. His Instagram bio says: 'Animal rights is an anti-holocaust movement'

James Aspey is pictured with his wife Nikki. His Instagram bio says: ‘Animal rights is an anti-holocaust movement’

Mr Aspey has also used social media to fire shots at critics who tried to condemn his use of the term (pictured)

Mr Aspey has also used social media to fire shots at critics who tried to condemn his use of the term (pictured)

He then offered to speak on the celebrity’s podcast, Under The Skin, to ‘explain more thoroughly’.

When asked by Daily Mail Australia why he refers to the consumption of animals as a holocaust, Aspey stood by his word choice.

‘The animal holocaust was happening before, during and after the WWII Holocaust. It is a separate situation but it should be noted there are many parallels,’ he said.

The influencer went on to explain that animals are gassed to death in chambers, like one-third of Europe’s Jewish population, and said it’s ‘an atrocity that has absolutely no place in civil society’.

But Mr Aspey has also used social media to fire shots at critics who tried to condemn his use of the term.

Mr Aspey and Nikki (pictured) travel the world preaching about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle

Mr Aspey and Nikki (pictured) travel the world preaching about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle 

Mr Aspey (pictured) responded to critics and said 'all lives matter' was a 'counter-movement'

Mr Aspey (pictured) responded to critics and said ‘all lives matter’ was a ‘counter-movement’

‘When you shove dictionary definitions of the word ‘holocaust’ in the faces of Jewish people to justify using [the] word to describe animal agriculture, you know that you sounds like the ‘all lives matter’ crowd,’ one woman wrote.

‘All lives matter’ is a slogan associated with criticism of the ‘black lives matter’ social movement, created in response to racism and violence against people of colour.

The social media user continued: ‘Context matters when using historically triggering words.’

Mr Aspey responded and said ‘all lives matter’ was a ‘counter-movement’ and that ‘calling the animal holocaust a holocaust isn’t taking away anything from what happened during WWII’.

Another woman pointed out that simply saying the use of the word ‘holocaust’ is not ‘taking away anything from what happened during WWII’ does not stop people – vegan, Jewish and otherwise – from being offended.

Mr Aspey (pictured with his wife Nikki) claimed the word 'holocaust' is the reason he is getting more media attention

Mr Aspey (pictured with his wife Nikki) claimed the word ‘holocaust’ is the reason he is getting more media attention

She suggested he use a phrase such as ‘humans kill animals in their trillions with no legitimate reason to do so’ instead.

Mr Aspey then claimed the word ‘holocaust’ is the reason he is getting more media attention.

After a media interview, he said: ‘Do you really think if I had just said, ‘trillions of deaths per year?’ OBVIOUSLY NOT because I’ve been saying that for YEARS and nothing.’

‘Now, a week after no longer caring about offending people, [the media outlet] sends me an email.’

When questioned by Daily Mail Australia, Mr Aspey said he knew why the term was causing offence, but maintained he was in the right.

Mr Aspey made headlines in January when he rescued a puppy from a drain in Bali (pictured)

Mr Aspey made headlines in January when he rescued a puppy from a drain in Bali (pictured)

‘They think their suffering is being trivialized by comparing human suffering to animal suffering,’ he said.

‘For one, it isn’t a comparison. It is a fact that non-human animals are experiencing a holocaust. And two, when we suffer, we all suffer the same. Humans are animals, too.’

Mr Aspey made headlines in January when he rescued a puppy from a drain in Bali.

He used social media to ask his 254,000 followers if they knew of a ‘lactating mother’ to feed the puppy, but refused the help of vet services.  

The influencer was accused of putting a newborn puppy’s life at risk to boost his popularity online.

In an update, Mr Aspey announced she had sadly died, despite the best efforts of a local vet.



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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

A technology enthusiast and a passionate writer in the field of information technology, cyber security, and blockchain

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