Australian animal rights activist James Aspey will be joining the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society in a march this weekend to highlight growing opposition to animal-based research and a proposed new $50 million animal laboratory in Dunedin.
James, 29, made headlines around the world after breaking a one-year long vow of silence in an interview on Australia’s Sunrise show.
His first words were a plea for the world to align their actions with their beliefs and live a compassionate lifestyle and avoid contributing to animal cruelty.
Since then James has travelled around the world giving talks on his journey from a cancer survivor turned personal trainer who didn’t care about animals at all, to becoming one of Australia's most well-known and respected activists.
James will be talking about veganism and animal rights on April 21 from 6-8pm in the Burns building at the University of Otago in Dunedin. This event is open to all members of the public.
On Saturday, April 22 in honour of World Day for Lab Animals, he will join a march from 12.30pm from the site of the new animal laboratory, 309 Great King St, to the site of the current animal laboratory, the Hercus Building. This march is open for all members of the public and their animal companions to attend.
James will give a speech about animal experimentation and why he is against the University of Otago’s plan to build a new $50 million animal laboratory.