‘My parents thought it was all a phase’: Activist’s bullish spirit (and naked ambition) helps grab volunteer award

Robert Crussell promoting veganism at the Olympics
Robert Crussell promoting veganism at the Olympics

Stripping bare for a cause is popular among protesters but one former Aylesbury College student kept his clothes on when he received his international volunteer award.

Robert Crussell, 22, has only been a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals since the beginning of this year.

However, his dedication to several demonstrations has seen him receive the volunteerism award after being selected by the organisation.

Mr Crussell said: “It’s always nice to be appreciated.

“I just got sick of sitting on my hands, so I thought I would go and make some statements.”

He has already attended several prominent protests this year including the famous running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, where the animals are later slaughtered for entertainment.

Mr Crussell joined 34 others in their underwear to spell out the words ‘stop bullfighting’ at the event. He also stripped off during the Olympic Games to promote veganism to athletes and the public.

He now studies an electrical engineering degree at University College London but still returns to his family home at Walton Road frequently.

He added: “At first my parents thought it was all a phase.

“They are really happy I’m getting involved in community things rather than just standing on the sidelines.”

PETA special projects coordinator Abi Izzard said: “Robert is a model of what an activist for positive social change should be: determined, knowledgeable, tireless and compassionate.

“Most importantly, he’s an inspiration to others.”

Next on his agenda is a protest at the premiere of The Hobbit next Wednesday against the irresponsible care of 27 animals which led to them dying during filming.