An extreme vegan has been slammed by social media users for comparing farming to the Holocaust and slavery.
James Aspey, an Australian vegan influencer with more than 246,000 Instagram followers, called African American musician Kelis a ‘murderer’ on Tuesday after she posted a photo of herself holding up headless chickens she intended to eat.
‘There is no need for you to treat other earthlings like they are NOTHING!,’he wrote in a scathing post to the Milkshake singer.
Using the hashtag #EndTheAnimalHolocaust, he added: ‘They are more than just your flesh-producing slaves.’
His reference to slavery and the Holocaust sparked uproar online, with the prominent feminist activist Clementine Ford accusing him of ‘using abhorrent’ racism to generate attention.
Pictured: James Aspey, who is a vegan influencer on Instagram and travels the world preaching a plant-based diet
Pictured: A post by singer Kelis holding up dead birds that she intended to eat. The post was shot down by Mr Aspey – who compared eating animals to the Holocaust
Mr Aspey and his wife Nikki (pictured) travel the world preaching about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle
‘This post has nothing to do with activism and everything to do with you trying to one up your grotesque exploitation of the Holocaust to further your own profile,’ Ms Ford wrote in the comments section.
She also accused him of ‘mobilising a black woman with the horror of her ancestors’ history, referencing his use of the word ‘slavery’.
Instead of responding to Ms Ford’s accusations, Mr Aspey mocked the feminist and asked if she ‘would feel a little more’ if the dead birds were female.
‘Forget her colour, look at her action,’ he wrote. ‘You are no better. The only difference is you pay someone to cut the heads off for you.’
Clementine Ford (pictured) accused Mr Aspey of exploiting the Holocaust to make his political point about veganism
In the post, Kelis (pictured) said the birds were lunch and said killing animals that were farmed ethically is the ‘best way to eat’
‘This post has nothing to do with activism and everything to do with you trying to one up your grotesque exploitation of the Holocaust to further your own profile,’ Ms Ford wrote in the comments section (pictured)
Ms Ford doubled-down on her criticism, blasting the influencer for ‘screaming the words rape and slavery at the very people most likely to have experienced those things’.
‘My thoughts are that seeing a white man who has absolutely no personal or generational history of slavery exploit the brutal narrative of slavery,’ she wrote.
Ms Ford then accused him of not caring that Kelis kills her own food and does not partake in factory farming, and for picking on her because ‘she’s an easy target’.
In response, Mr Aspey denied that he was using terms like slavery and holocaust to exploit victims and claimed he’s not interested in generating publicity.
The activist also claimed he ‘hates’ talking about ‘the slaughterhouses, the rape, the extermination of babies who don’t produce milk or eggs’.
‘I hate talking about it, I wish I didn’t have to but while people like you still support it, someone like me has to say something,’ he said.
Ms Ford doubled-down on her criticism, blasting the influencer for ‘screaming the words rape and slavery at the very people most likely to have experienced those things’ (pictured)
The 34-year-old (pictured) has made multiple posts comparing the agricultural industry to the Holocaust over the past few months
The 34-year-old has made multiple posts comparing the agricultural industry to the Holocaust over the past few months, despite being continually called out on using ‘the wrong kind of comparison’ by followers.
‘Wow you are trivialising the Holocaust and slavery,’ one woman wrote in response to a post where Mr Aspey shared side-by-side images of Hitler and black slaves in chains, next to photos of butchered animals.
‘Holocaust trivialisation is considered a form of antisemitism and trivialising slavery is considered racist,’ she continued.
Another said: ‘This is where I unfollow you why are black people always compared to f*cking animals! Its the wrong kind of comparison and your ego is blinding you.’
James Aspey is pictured with his wife Nikki. His Instagram bio says: ‘Animal rights is an anti-holocaust movement’
Instead of cutting his use of the term Holocaust down, Mr Aspey fought against continual backlash by spouting the dictionary definition of the term to social media users to prove the word is being used in the correct context.
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.
The activist previously told Daily Mail Australia ‘it is a fact that non-human animals are experiencing a holocaust’.
‘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,
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
In February, 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)
He added thatanimals slaughtered for consumption are gassed to death in chambers, like one-third of Europe’s Jewish population during WWII.
Earlier in February, Mr Aspey took aim at British comedian-turned-activist Russel Brandand accused him of telling people it’s ‘OK to consume the flesh of holocaust victims’.
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.’