Friday, July 25, 2014

NZVP Ep.120 - Why I oppose SAFE's 'ban factory farming' campaign

Listen HERE

Here is the link to the Facebook thread:

It has died down now so I wasn't as time consuming as I thought.  Good!  Because I plan to do this more often as it needs to be done, as a lot of new vegans get sucked into welfare which is a terrible thing to happen.  We need to expose new vegans to abolition as quickly as possible - if only at the very least to give them the option to see the alternative.  Rather than them not even knowing it exists, or them only being exposed to the deliberate distortions of abolition by the welfarist movement.

Please read the following essay:

Please listen to the following debate (they talk a lot about the HSUS sow crate campaign in this debate so it's worth a listen and is relevant to this SAFE campaign which is focused on 'factory farmed pork'):

Saturday, July 5, 2014

NZVP Ep.119 - self realisation is painful but necessary

Listen HERE

Or here: 

Here is the link to the article debunking 'reverse racism' that I mentioned and quoted from, *please* read it:

Here is the link to the articles on the modern feminist movement that I mentioned, I especially learned a lot from the second article, especially the similarities and conflicts within the feminist movement that mirror a lot of the welfarist/abolitionist debate.

I especially LOVE this comment by one of the commentators on the article whose moniker is "MLM":

"I think part of the problem, and part of what makes certain radical thinkers so easy to demonise, is that the very notion of compassion itself has also been hijacked and distorted. People think compassion is about protecting somebody’s feelings, and sometimes it is. But sometimes it’s having an understanding that there are more crucial issues at stake. And doing the right thing may actually hurt someone’s feelings, and not make you or them feel good. Sometimes the deepest compassion is the type that requires you to be the sword which cuts through the bullshit and say “No, Im sorry. I can’t and won’t go along with that. It’s not good for me or you or anyone”. (I’m learning this more and more as a parent…)

Going along with falsehood and delusion just because you are afraid of hurting someone’s feelings or because you feel sorry for them is not compassion, it’s a type of sycophancy. And while it’s so important not to lose sight of the fact that you are dealing with another human being when you find yourself in opposition with them, it’s every bit as important to point out that facilitating injustice in the name of “compassion” is actually precisely the opposite. Fierce defence of justice is actually the truest kind of compassion, but often also the easiest to mischaracterize." 

Here is a link to one of the articles by Gary Francione on the Kapparos Campaign:

Here is a link to the articles about The "Vegan" Society's betrayal of the moral baseline:

Thank you for listening.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

NZVP Ep.118 - my first vegan party!!!

Listen HERE

Or here: 

Here is the link to Kaiaroha Nut Cheeses who also do the Vegan Deli at the Parnell Farmers Market:

Here is the link to La Noix Vegan Cake Shop:

Here are the photos!  I couldn't get decent ones of the food because it was flying off the plates too fast for me to get it all haha:

Here is the cake!  It is the chocolate mousse cake:

Friday, April 25, 2014

NZVP Ep. 117 - work conundrums

Listen HERE

Or here: 

Here is the fantastic chick pea salad recipe I mentioned from the TAVS website:
- I use homemade vegan mayonnaise instead of hummus.  Delicious!!!

Here is a link to the posters from Gary Francione's Facebook page if you want to print any out and stick them up at your job :

Here is a link to the TAVS posters so you can use them too:

Thanks for listening.  Feel free to share any great vegan gluten free ginger cake recipes for my mother's birthday cake :)

Here is the link to the clip about Muhammed Ali's Poem "Me, We" -something which should be the baseline for all our vegan advocacy I reckon:

Sunday, March 23, 2014

NZVP Ep.116 - Veganism is EASY

Listen HERE

Or here: 

Here is the podcast I mentioned where Sarah Woodcock and I discuss SICS:

Listen on Youtube: here
Or listen/download the mp3: here

Listen to all the TAVS Audios:

Here is that interview of Sarah by on the Heather McCoy Show:  listen on Youtube: here

Remember to do vegan advocacy.  TAVS is a great way to do it!  Do the TAVS Challenge:

Sunday, March 2, 2014

NZVP Ep. 115 - Please stop making people feel better about exploiting others

Listen HERE

Or here: 

Here is the link to Go Vegan Radio's archives where you can listen to the weekly segments with Gary Francione:

and they are also regularly announced on Gary Francione's Facebook page:

Here is the link to the TAVS Audio on Youtube:

Jamison's interview in mp3 is available here:

OH and I forgot to mention (Damn!) this amazing interview with Sarah K. Woodcock by a nonvegan interviewer, it is such a brilliant interview and so inspiring please listen:

And another interview with Sarah from some vegan podcasters:

Darn I will definitely talk about them in the next episode

This is the quote from Gary Francione I mentioned:

"To believe in a principle of justice and promote that principle clearly is not be "angry." That term is simply a way of putting the principle down by not focusing on the substance and, instead, focusing on the person articulating the principle. 

People always "like" people who don't challenge them but in the world in which you and I live, challenging others is what morality *requires*. It's not optional!"

(In response to a comment on the Gary L. Francione: The Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights page in which the commentator said: "I was overwhelmed by all the "angry vegan" personal attacks this week and wanted to be seen as 'nicer' by encouraging this, which did not prove to be effective and went against my conscience anyway.")

Original post on the thread, by the way, was: 
"*All* animal products involve suffering and death. All of them. We should be crystal clear that the *only* rational response to recognizing the moral status of nonhumans is to go vegan. If animals matter morally, then *any* exploitation--however supposedly "humane"--is immoral. To say that being "compassionate" requires that we promote something other than veganism is to say that we are morally obligated to promote immorality. That makes no sense, If you agree that animals matter, veganism--and only veganism--is what makes sense."

Here are the links I mentioned from the SAFE Facebook page:

Hope I got them all

Here is the link to the Esther the Wonder Pig posting:

Here is the link to My Face is on Fire Facebook page:
Here is the one I mentioned (but there are heaps more): 23 de noviembre de 2013

And finally here is the link to the Abolitionist Approach Article: Making a Mockery of Gandhi:

Sunday, January 5, 2014

NZVP Ep.114 Special Guests Gary Francione and Anna Charlton, the authors of Eat Like You Care!

Listen HERE

Or here 

Please go to this link to get a copy of Eat Like You Care:

Just read some of these amazing reviews so you get an idea how profoundly this book is helping people:

Abolitionist Approach Website:

Please read ALL of these books:

Here is a link to the TAVS Facebook page photos where you can see lots of wonderful ideas for creative nonviolent vegan education: TAVS Challenge photos

Check out TAVS [The Abolitionist Vegan Society]:

Thanks for listening and a huge thanks to my lovely guests Anna Charlton and Gary Francione

Monday, December 16, 2013

NZVP EP. 113 - Special Guest Sarah K. Woodcock founder of TAVS!

Listen HERE

or here: 

Here are the links mentioned:

Sarah's story on why she became an abolitionist vegan - Must Read!:

The Abolitionist Vegan Society (TAVS) website:

TAVS Facebook page (where you can find the weekend challenge):

Link to information about TAVS Chapters:

TAVS Pin Campaign:

The wonderful posters we mentioned:

Please read Gary Francione's books!:

Enjoy!  Thanks for listening :)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

NZVP Ep.112 - Introducing Tuainekore 'Bubs' Peters and the official TAVS NZ Chapter!

Listen HERE

or here 

Here is a link to the abolitionist vegan society register page: TAVS Register

Our TAVS NZ Chapter email address is

This is the festival we will be at on 30 November 2013:

Grey Lynn Park Festival

Thanks for listening :)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

NZVP Ep.111 - What's in a name? Nothing, as it turns out.

Listen HERE

or here 

Here is information about TAVS Chapters:  TAVS Chapters

Here is the TAVS Facebook page where you can get into the TAVS Weekend Challenges (note - I forgot to say you don't have to be a TAVS Chapter to do the weekend challenges):  TAVS Facebook Page

This week's TAVS Weekend Challenge (pretty sure you can RSVP here for the next one too)

Here are some photos of Tuainekore at the stall at Waitakere (we had SUCH a GREAT DAY):

Here is the link to that awful status update I ranted and raved about for an hour lol:

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

NZ Vegan Episode 109 - on being a smart educator

listen HERE

sorry it's so all over the place

Here is the article I read from: Making a Mockery of Gandhi

Here is the poster I mentioned:

here is the Abolitionist Approach Facebook Page:

Friday, September 20, 2013

NZVP Ep. 108

Listen HERE

Relevant quote:

"The fact that people won't go vegan immediately does not mean that we should ever promote anything less than veganism as morally okay. We ought always to be clear that if animals matter morally, we cannot justify consuming them. If someone who cares about animals wants to do less than go vegan, or want to go vegan in stages, let that be their choice and not our recommendation. We should *never* promote non-veganism as a morally good thing. We should *never* put a stamp of approval on animal exploitation--however "humane" it is (and it's never "humane" anyway)."  ~Gary Francione

Saturday, August 31, 2013

NZVP Ep. 107 - Stall stories from the first week of Spring 2013.

Listen HERE

Here is the TAVS pin campaign so you can order your pin:

Here is the article I spoke about: Enabling Exploitation

Here is one of the discussions on Gary Francione's facebook page:

Oh and you HAVE to read this article!!!:

Animal Welfare Regulation, “Happy Exploitation,” and Speciesism

Thanks for listening

Sunday, August 4, 2013

NZVP Ep.106 - TAVS Pin Campaign and also remember don't get participation in animal slavery mixed up with involuntary harm

Listen HERE

Here is the exciting TAVS Pin worldwide campaign!

Here are those lovely TAVS pamphlets again, or leaflets: Order here [make sure to donate something if you can to help towards the cost of them]: TAVS Leaflets
or print your own HERE

Here is the facebook post I wrote: "Anyone who thinks there is no moral difference between, say, driving a car or taking public transport in vehicles that to our dismay may contain animal by-products, and for example eating a piece of cow's milk cheese, obviously doesn't realise that animals are property and what we are trying to abolish is slavery.

There is a *huge* difference between the two examples. As vegans, we are frustrated, horrified and dismayed when we learn that there are some things that we must use that against our will contain animal by products. Such as sidewalks or footpaths, plastics, car tyres etc. Huge difference.

The difference is thus: those things, those industries, those products, are not products based upon animal slavery. They are simply not. It is perfectly conceivable to have cars, concrete, paint, plastics etc, without any animal by-products in them whatsoever. And we are going to abolish that too, you just wait.

However, cow's milk cheese is a product entirely based upon, produced by and dependant on animal slavery, and slaughter. You will *never* have cow's milk cheese without exploiting cows. It is a *slave* industry.

So while as vegans we are working towards eliminating as much harm to others as we can, such as living in a world that doesn't use plastic at all would be lovely, a world in which no vegetable or fruit is produced with nonhuman slaves' manure, and in which we develop alternatives to a lot of harmful products and practices while of course eliminating any animal by products in their making, the NUMBER ONE THING we must do now is ABOLISH SLAVERY. And you *don't* do that by making twisted, incorrect comparisons between products such as vehicles (nothing to do with animal slavery, and yes we hate that there are the products of exploitation in there against our will, and watch us abolish that too! - but those products are in no way dependant on animal slavery) and animal products that people eat, wear or use that are *intrinsically* and *unavoidably* from slavery.

I hope that clears up this silliness so we can get on with being consistent in our advocacy and no more making excuses for "vegans" who deliberately and directly participate in slavery by reminding us that we can't levitate, build entire new vegan painted city buildings/homes on our own (yet) or avoid the use of transportation to our jobs.

Hey - if you can levitate - more power to you I am jealous. If you own a vegan car I love you for it. If you live in a custom house that is completely vegan painted/no animal by-product containing plastics/computer and phone the same - more power to you that is where we *all* should be headed.
But don't get it twisted, and please don't EVER EVER justify or defend slavery."

Here is the link to Gary Francione's Videos:

Please watch them all.  You can see the Animals As Property video directly here also:

Read this book to inform yourself also (read ALL HIS BOOKS):

And of course the new book Eat Like You Care  Here is the official website:  If you have something positive to say, please leave a review!

Finally here are those GORGEOUS new street stalls I told you about:

Saturday, July 13, 2013

NZVP Ep. 105 - The Abolitionist/Welfarist Debate goes live

Listen HERE

Please register with TAVS:

Here is the link to Gary Francione's Plenary Speech:

There is also a link to the audio from the debate in the above article however here is the Youtube video of it:
Thank you to Alanna Andrews for uploading it, much appreciated.

Here is that pdf I mentioned that talks about human rights (from Bruce Friedrich's part of the debate): NZ Vegan Facebook posting

Here is that poster I mentioned (FB Link only sorry):

Forgot to mention this wonderful statement from the TAVS newsletter! :

""Bruce Friedrich used his opening statement to claim that when it comes to animal advocacy, he and Professor Francione agree on all but one thing – whether animal advocates should oppose animal welfare (as if pursuing animal welfare is a passive position instead of an active position against animal rights). By claiming they agree on all but one thing (which reflects outright denial, a lack of understanding of The Abolitionist Approach, or both), he was attempting to dismiss the fundamental differences between The Abolitionist Approach and the welfare approach. The more he could dismiss the fundamental differences, the more he could try to make Professor Francione appear divisive and actually opposed to alleviating animal suffering. But clearly there are disagreements about fundamental principles here; why else would we need a debate at “the world’s largest and longest-running animal rights gathering”? Denial of the differences in the fundamental principles is just that - denial."

Here is the article I mentioned from My Face Is On Fire:

Hope I remembered everything!  Thanks for listening.

Monday, June 10, 2013

NZVP Ep 104 - Street Stall evidence of the paradigm shifting. Also exciting news! Check out: TAVS!

Listen HERE

This is the essay I mentioned:  Revolution of the Heart

Quote from the essay: "The abolition of animal exploitation requires a paradigm shift. It requires that we reject violence at its most fundamental level. It requires a recognition that violence is inherently wrong.The abolition of animal exploitation requires a nonviolent revolution–a revolution of the heart."

This is, of course, the WONDERFUL vegankit!

The Boston Vegan Association:
Facebook page (to see all the activities they do!  Always have wanted to emulate them)
Here is their website:
Their wonderful Nutritional Pamphlet:

And finally, the most exciting news I have had all year!!!!

The Abolitionist Vegan Society or TAVS was launched the other day.

We actually have an abolitionist vegan society!!

I am so happy :)

Facebook page:


Go and Register!!! -

Thanks as always for listening

Please excuse the terrible sound quality (all the popped p's and t's for example) - it's just going to be that way for a while till I get Pro Tools again.  I am really sorry!!!!

Monday, May 27, 2013

NZ Vegan Podcast Episode 103 - Please don't link veganism with animal welfare

Listen HERE

Things I mentioned:
 My podcast episode about being unequivocal:

Article I mentioned from the Abolitionist Approach website: Veganism: Just Another Way of Reducing Suffering or a Fundamental Principle of Justice & Nonviolence?

The supremely important book I mentioned:  Introduction to Animal Rights - Your Child or the Dog?

Here is an example of an article from The My Face is on Fire blog that is quick to analyse misrepresentations of veganism in mainstream media:

My website: and the page I mentioned about sanctuaries and rescue orgs I link to: Sanctuary

Here is the group in Brasil that I mentioned: GEFRAN (run by

An example of the posters from the Abolitionist Approach facebook page with the motto: Go Vegan, Educate Others, Adopt/Foster: POSTER

Finally the New Series: TIWISBD (Things I Wish I had Said But Didn't) that I spoke about on my NZ Vegan facebook page lol. I am sure I will be adding to this repertoire:

Here is the link to the Huffington Post article that I mentioned in the beginning(NOTE - I forgot to mention that it only addresses diet *sigh* oh and don't look at the "celebrity 'vegan'" slideshow - MFIoF could write a few articles about that alone):  Interest in Vegan Diets on the Rise

Thanks for listening. :)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

NZ Vegan Podcast Episode 102 - This is a MORAL issue

Listen HERE

Welcome back to the continuing series of NZ Vegan Podcast!

My final episode was not my final episode after all :)

This episode I address the one of the common issues arising from the dialogue about vegan advocacy, specifically those who say it is preferable to concentrate on the dietary and health aspect of veganism when advocating to people, rather than the moral issue.  Needless to say, I disagree.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

NZ Vegan Podcast Episode 101 - What do we MEAN by vegan education? What don't we mean? Plus a special announcement!


In this episode I hope to address many misconceptions.

Thanks for listening to my final episode of NZ Vegan Podcast!

New podcast coming soon....... stay tuned :)

Friday, May 25, 2012

NZ Vegan Podcast Episode 95 - NO! to "stealth" veganism! and other stories

Listen HERE

"People say that being a vegan creates a social problem in that others may react negatively. But isn't that the case if you take a principled position on any issue, whether it's racism, sexism, heterosexism, violence as a general matter—or speciesism? The key is to educate others about *why* you take the position." ~ Gary L. Francione

Links and articles and other things I talk about:

The Vegan Times  (website is and also the Vegan Times Facebook page by  Maya Shlayan

Vegan Cupcake Cards by Emmy James - PLEASE NOTE: correct link address is:

Vegan Information Stall at School by Clare Wu

Shame, Shame: Vegan Stereotypes by Mylène Ouellet

"Please stop apologising for refusing to participate in violence" ~ Live Vegan

"Wherever the truth is injured, defend it" ~ George Bernard Shaw (not Bertrand Russell - my apologies!)

Gary Francione's Facebook Page

Animals, Property and the Law by Gary Francione - a must read for all animal advocates!

Am I Vegan? Clearly defining who is and is NOT vegan by Butterflies Katz

"The Challenge of Going Vegan" (As Explained by a Non-Vegan) also by My Face is on Fire

Sunday, March 11, 2012

NZ Vegan Podcast Episode 93 - On getting started and not being discouraged, and other ramblings.

Listen HERE

Here is the quote I was trying to say on the show
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead

This is the Gandhi quote I have on my 'cubicle' wall at work:
"Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another." ~ Gandhi

Here are the posters I have on my cubicle wall at work

Here is a link to the interview of Gary Francione by Erik Marcus: MP3 or listen on the Abolitionist Approach Audio page.

Here is our Facebook Group that I talked about: Oz Vegan & NZ Vegan

Here is the link to Emmy James' new podcast that I mentioned: Activism and the Message We Want to Send

Thursday, January 26, 2012

NZ Vegan Podcast Episode 92 - With Special Guest Jeffrey Coolwater!

Listen HERE

This week I am very pleased to welcome fellow abolitionist advocate Jeffrey Coolwater. You can find Jeffrey on twitter as MacVegan

You can find all the audio interviews of Professor Francione on the Audio Page of the Abolitionist Approach website

Here is a link to the book Jeffrey mentioned by Bob and Jenna Torres: Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World (Also available at the Auckland Library)

This is the cartoon I talked about in the podcast. (HEE HEE!! I just love it!)
~ Credit for this hilarious cartoon goes to Ignatz Ziller.

Thanks so much Jeffrey for coming on the show!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

NZ Vegan Podcast Episode 91 - Either not existing or exploiting someone - these are not valid options!

Listen HERE

This week I talk about something that was inspired through a conversation from the last street stall we did and also by a lot of things going on lately and in fact by all the things I have learned over the last 4 years since I went vegan.

Here is the link to the story I talked about from the Horn of Africa (note - ignore the bit about the "cattle" and please investigate the other related stories on there such as This One and This One)
Here is a link to a petition against the NZ Food Bill, and here is the link to the Food Bill itself, and THIS is an interesting article that someone kindly sent to me about it.

Thanks for listening

Monday, January 2, 2012

NZ Vegan Podcast Episode 90 - Happy Vegan New Year 2012


This week I revisit something that is old news but I think still very relevant for the coming year and all years of the vegan movement, which is that we have no excuse for not promoting veganism unequivocally.

"All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take." ~ Ghandi

I mention a discussion where things "clicked" for me and I always recommend to all advocates to listen to this discussion between Gary Francione and Erik Marcus: listen here or access it on the Abolitionist Approach audio page (scroll down to find the interview)

Here is Randy Sandberg's fantastic Quotes on Slavery website where you can find a lot of history about the history of the Abolitionist Movement against slavery in the human context which can teach us a lot about the movement today to abolish all slavery, human and nonhuman.

I mention that Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary residents need hay for the winter, but anyway they always need help and also I have links to some local sanctuaries and other rescue groups in NZ - please if you are going to donate money to anyone please donate directly to helping animals such as sanctuary, adoption and rescue, rather than to welfare campaigns and organisations.

Here is a message of nonviolence for 2012 from Trish Roberts of Lobsa and LiveVegan: A Message of Nonviolence for 2012

Here's a great new article just released by Dan Cudahy and Angel Flinn for the New Year: Make the Vegan Resolution

Here is a great new article by Vincent Guihan: Vegan Outreach: how not to do it

Happy New Year everyone! :)
UPDATE: I just want to add that this particular rant of mine was not a commentary on vegans who are unequivocal vegans in their own lives, and live vegan uncompromisingly, yet don't advocate it as such as an extra activity outside of normal life as vegans, because they are just not really interested in actually being an 'activist" as it were or they are advocating other social justice issues that take up all their free time, however they live vegan; it was specifically due to experiences with vegans who are welfare advocates, with whom I was discussing activism, and their preference of promoting welfare reform, their resistance to promoting veganism at all, and their absolute refusal to do it unequivocally.

I recognise that these vegans and all vegans are challenging the status quo by being vegan, and are to an extent being advocates with regard to the example they set to those around them. I am glad for all vegans for being vegan. So I want that to be really clear. This is specifically in regard to the above-described position of welfare advocates.

Friday, December 9, 2011

NZ Vegan Podcast Episode 89 - The importance of promoting ideas

Listen HERE

This week I talk about lots of things, including the wonderful cupcakes offered by the Vegan Education Cupcake Stall from The Alice Springs Vegan Society and their inspiration for offering free cupcakes to people, and I mention the Six Principles of the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights among other things. I also talk about focusing on IDEAS not PEOPLE.

"Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people"
~ Anonymous or Eleanor Roosevelt.

Thanks for listening :)

NOTE: I wasn't going to do this because I really didn't want to spend the time, but someone left a really long comment and I am not going to publish it, and I know they would have spent time writing it, so out of an attempt to be fair I am offering this heads up in order to prevent anyone else wasting their time on a comment that I won't publish, and I hope this can be seen as an action I am taking out of respect for other people's time:

Anyone who wishes to make guesses about any individuals I may refer to in any podcast episode whom I choose not to name (for reasons I think I have done my best to make very clear), well if that how you want to spend your time then that is your prerogative; but please do not attempt to do so here.

I am really not interested in talking about people per se, except to talk about actions and ideas, and how they relate to the issue of exploitation, and I do my best, as a human being can, to stick to that. I don't claim to be 100% successful and but I try.

When I am speaking positively, I feel comfortable naming individuals, also of course I want to promote work and ideas that support nonviolence, and the abolition of exploitation. When I am speaking critically or negatively, I prefer not to name individuals because I loathe drama, but even if I didn't it inevitably takes the focus off the real issue which should always remain the victims of exploitation, and I refuse to allow that to happen. And as this is my blog I thankfully have that ability. I also thankfully have the ability to refuse to join in on any drama to do with egos and personality clashes that are going on anywhere else. Thank goodness. :)

As hard as it is to believe, I really do just want to focus on the issues of exploitation and violence and animal use, and stand up unequivocally against them in everything I say and do, and I refuse to promote or support anything that I believe is in opposition to that. Or to waste time on anything that detracts from that.

In fact, that was the whole point of this podcast episode. Thanks for your understanding

Thursday, December 1, 2011

NZ Vegan Podcast Episode 88 - Special Guest Peaceful Abolitionist Emmy James!


This week I have a very special guest over for dinner and cupcake making and podcasting - Emmy James from Peaceful Abolitionist and the Vegan For Life podcast

Emmy is the very talented designer of our NZ Vegan logo and check out these wonderful designs she hand painted onto shirts and sweatshirts also. See also the photo of Clare who we mention who has helped us at the stall and is so much fun!

Thanks for listening!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

NZ Vegan Podcast Episode 87 - Finished website and new literature for the street stall!

Listen HERE

This week I talk about the new website and and the literature I have been wanting to make for ages.

I also mention the interviews that Corey Wrenn the Roanoke Vegan Examiner has recently allowed me to be part of.

Finally I say a special thanks to Gary L. Francione. Congratulations Gary, you did it :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

NZ Vegan Podcast Episode 86 - Part 2 of interview with Gary Francione on Helping Animals NOW (Including human animals)

Listen HERE

Part two of the interview with special guest Gary L. Francione

Here is a link to the website page I am working on about Adoption/Fostering and Sanctuaries. You can find links to some of the sanctuaries and rescue organisations we mentioned in there:

Thanks for listening and thank you Gary Francione for coming on the show.

NZ Vegan Podcast Episode 85 - Part 1 of interview with Gary Francione on Helping Animals NOW (Including human animals)

Listen HERE

Part one of the interview with special guest Gary L. Francione

Here is a link to the website page I am working on about Adoption/Fostering and Sanctuaries. You can find links to some of the sanctuaries and rescue organisations we mentioned in there:

Thanks for listening
Part two is next

Thursday, August 4, 2011

NZ Vegan Podcast Episode 84 -On being too scared to promote veganism and must-haves for a street stall


"People say that being a vegan creates a social problem in that others may react negatively. But isn't that the case if you take a principled position on any issue, whether it's racism, sexism, heterosexism, violence as a general matter—or speciesism? The key is to educate others about *why* you take the position." ~ Gary L. Francione

Here is the link to the wonderful new magazine by Vegan:UK - The Abolitionist that I mentioned wanting to write an article for: The Abolitionist Issue #1
And look at these fantastic resources they have created, this is the kind of thing I am talking about: Vegan:UK Downloads

Here is a link to the fantastic Nutritional Pamphlets from the Boston Vegan Association or you can contact them for some copies here

Also don't forget their wonderful Vegan Pamphlet

Here is another must have for any street stall: Becoming Vegan Pamphlet

Friday, July 8, 2011

NZ Vegan Podcast Episode 83 - On "right" and "wrong"

Listen HERE

What an idiotic absurdity it is to say that earnest, persistent, uncompromising moral opposition to a system of boundless immorality is the way to strengthen it; and that the way to abolish such a system is to say nothing about it!
~ William L. Garrison (April 23, 1858)

Monday, June 20, 2011

NZ Vegan Podcast Episode 81 - We are an abolitionist movement


This week I talk about how important it is that we recognise and help others to recognise that our abolitionist movement for nonviolence is still an abolitionist anti-slavery movement, and our practical focus right now with regard to addressing this problem of violence and animal use has the primary goal, initially, of creating a society in which we can address the abolition of the property status of animals, because that is still where we are at. We haven't even begun to address that! The animal movement still doesn't even have veganism as the moral baseline! But the abolitionist movement does :) By promoting veganism we will create an environment in which we can actually address that, finally! Welfare reforms are useless and do not address the property paradigm. Vegan education does. As Gary Francione said in his latest interview, part of which you can read HERE:

"At this point, it makes no sense to focus on the law, because as long as we regard animals as things, as a moral matter, the laws will necessarily reflect that absence of moral value and continue to do nothing to protect animals. We need to change social and moral thinking about animals before the law is going to do anything more."

Let's not allow people, neither other vegans nor anti-vegans, to shift our focus to the defeatist, overwhelmingly negative attitudes, which seem to be fixated on all the things still currently out of our control as individuals (the majority of food production, sidewalks, tyres etc) and which prompt the vegans to identify their reason for opposing vegan education as being "too pure" or "unrealistic" (which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever) and anti-vegans to make absurd claims that animal use is an action that is equal in morality to veganism.

I want us to remind people what being vegan really means, and what our abolitionist movement really means, especially at this point in history, where we are still in this incredibly non vegan world, in which chattel slavery of sentient beings is still very much accepted as the norm and in which new welfarism is the dominant paradigm and therefore welfarism is still provided and marketed by the majority of vegans as the correct response to the issue of animal use. Wrong answer! Veganism is the correct response, as we know. We just have to continue to be a clear voice, and our voice is growing. Thank you all so much, for being such wonderful, clear voices.

Please read Gary Francione's work to learn about the importance of the abolition of the property status of animals and why veganism and the promotion of veganism is the correct response, the only response to that immoral status which still exists in our world today.

I mention Randy W. Sandberg and his wonderful advice about not feeding trolls (I am still trying to find the article he shared, will post when I find it..)

I mention Trisha Roberts from LiveVegan and her wonderful messages about insects, and I mention her organisation

I mentioned a video about nuclear pollution, posted by Renata Peters from The Alice Springs Vegan Society which you can also check out here at the latest article on Myl ène Ouellet's blog My Face is on Fire

Thanks for listening :)