Vegan community attacks animal activist James Aspey “for risking a dog’s life for tastes”

A prominent vegan activist has been criticized for rejecting a rescue center’s offer to care for an abandoned puppy he found on the streets of Bali.

James Aspey first rose to prominence after refusing to speak for a year to raise awareness about animal rights. He now travels the world preaching about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle and raising awareness of animal rights.

But now the social media influencer has been accused of putting the life of a newborn puppy in danger to increase his popularity online.

Mr Aspey, who is currently based in Bali with his wife Nicky, posted a photo to his 261,000 Instagram followers showing him nursing the female puppy he found on the streets of the popular tourist destination of Canggu early January.

Vegan activist James Aspey (pictured with wife Nicky) has been criticized for rejecting a rescue center’s offer to take in an abandoned puppy

He asked if anyone living in Bali had access to a nursing mother who could help feed the puppy, as the mother’s first few days of colostrom are vital for building newborns’ immune systems.

“We just found this one day old puppy and we can’t find the mother,” he wrote.

“Apparently there were four more puppies, but it rained today and the mother only saved one. She has not been seen since.

Many of his supporters have asked him to take the puppy to a vet or return to where he found the location to see if the mother has returned – with the rescue organization ‘ACT 4 Bali’ proposing to take the puppy to her and make sure she has proper care.

But the rehab center later claimed that Mr Aspey decided to take care of the puppy himself.

“I guess he’s going to do it on his own instead with formula,” ACT 4 Bali Dogs wrote.

Mr Aspey shared a photo of the newborn puppy on Instagram earlier this month after finding him alone in Canggu, Bali

Mr Aspey shared a photo of the newborn puppy on Instagram earlier this month after finding him alone in Canggu, Bali

After seeing the exchange, a woman took to a vegan Facebook page and claimed that Mr Aspey was “putting the life of a newborn animal at risk for likes.”

“Some pretty disturbing things are happening these days with social media ‘influencers’. It’s not something we talk about a lot, but this latest incident is literally life or death,” she said. written.

“Please, please don’t follow the lead of people who are interested in self-promotion and personal gain. “

“If you find a vulnerable animal in need, please send it to someone who can actually care for them. Keeping them to take promotional photos and literally risking their lives doesn’t make you a savior.

The post quickly went viral, with many vegans blaming Mr Aspey for not delivering the puppy to the animal shelter.

ACT4 Bali Dogs Rescue Center offered to take the puppy (pictured) but claimed Mr Aspey told them he planned to take care of the dog overnight

ACT4 Bali Dogs Rescue Center offered to take the puppy (pictured) but claimed Mr Aspey told them he planned to take care of the dog overnight

“He’s like a child with a new toy. Unfortunately, by the time he realizes how selfish and wrong it is to deprive the little newborn puppy of experienced intensive care, it will be too late, ”one person wrote.

Another added, “I’m so angry with him right now. He’s ignoring help to get attention.

‘[He is an] attention seeker and he certainly receives a lot of it. The poor puppy will pay the price for his foolishness, ”wrote a third.

However, others have defended Mr. Aspey, saying the pup is in good hands.

“I’m not getting this message at all. I see a guy taking care of an abandoned puppy to the best of his ability. Talk about judgment, ” read someone else’s comment.

– Maybe he found someone else? We shouldn’t jump on the negatives, ”wrote another.

“If he’s professionally guided, is there any reason he can’t raise the puppy?” Did we all start like this? ‘ said a third.

The next day, the activist posted a video showing the puppy found his mother, explaining that she had been found and led him to three other puppies trapped in a sewer.

After descending the drain, Mr. Aspey was able to winch them to safety, but unfortunately two were already dead.

On Monday, he uploaded a video of the puppy rescue mission to Instagram after members of the vegan community continued to express doubts about his story.

A dog rescue organization offered to take care of the puppy, but later wrote that their proposal was rejected

Members of the vegan community criticized his decision after his exchange with the rescue center was shared in a Facebook group

Members of the vegan community criticized his decision after his exchange with the rescue center was shared in a Facebook group

Mr Aspey told Daily Mail Australia he was following a vet’s advice while caring for the puppy before locating his mother.

“I didn’t trust them because they were spreading lies about me. I was following the advice of a veterinarian who advised me on everything needed to take the best care of dogs, ”he said.

He added that while many members of the vegan community supported him, a few “are obsessed with tearing down others” and “set a terrible example for the community, which is all about justice, peace and respect. life”.

“Most of the vegan community behaved like rational people and applauded my efforts to risk my safety and save the animals,” he said.

“Some in the vegan community, and often the loudest section, like to think of me as a freak and twist my words and actions based on their narrative.

‘[But] some said that I had stolen the puppies, others that I had put everything together and that it was a publicity stunt. I couldn’t care less about these people.

Mr Aspey made headlines in 2015 when he spoke for the first time in 365 days after a year-long vow of silence to raise awareness of animal cruelty.

He has since dedicated his life to activism and has launched numerous campaigns, with supporters funding his lawsuit by subscribing to his webpage.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted ACT 4 Bali Dogs for comment.

Mr Aspey has over 260 Instagram followers and travels the world raising awareness for animal rights

Mr Aspey has over 260 Instagram followers and travels the world raising awareness for animal rights

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