Saturday, November 8, 2014

NZVP Ep. 123 - there is no such thing as "Ahimsa" cow's milk

Listen HERE

I am reluctantly putting a link to the FAQ I talked about although I dislike even promoting their site at all:
http://www.ahimsamilk.org/faq/

This is the photo of the little bull with the ring in their nose on the Facebook page that I talked about: https://www.facebook.com/266909179987461/photos/a.293516217326757.79424.266909179987461/883563834988656/?type=1

Here is the article about nose ringing a bull I mentioned:
http://www.lifestyleblock.co.nz/lifestyle-file/livestock-a-pets/cattle/item/21-nose-ringing-a-bull-.html

Here is the article about artificial weaning of cows I mentioned:
http://www.awionline.org/lab_animals/biblio/jaaws7.html

Thanks for listening

Saturday, October 18, 2014

NZVP Ep. 122 - tales from a damp and noisy street stall, and Gary Francione - the voice of our conscience

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Here is the CNN interview: http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2014/10/04/smerconish-cat-kicked-10042014.cnn&video_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.abolitionistapproach.com%2Fandre-robinson-king-confused-thinking-animal-ethics%2F

Here is the NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/10/01/enforcing-the-legal-rights-of-animals/eating-meat-is-also-animal-abuse

And there was a Daily News article too!  I forgot to mention! : http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/gary-francione-stop-scapegoating-cat-kicker-article-1.1969363

>>This is, I am pretty sure, the unedited and originally titled version of the NY Times article or at least that's what it seems to be:  http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/andre-robinson-king-confused-thinking-animal-ethics/#.VEH4pL4Qe3w

This is the Facebook discussion I was talking about re: "mock" animal products: https://www.facebook.com/abolitionistapproach/posts/867250949961327

Thanks for listening!

Here is me at my damp stall!  I wouldn't normally go in weather like this to be honest, but I had 2 dozen cupcakes and there was nuthin gonna stop me!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

NZVP Ep.121 - first winter street stall and the disintegration of The Vegan Society

Listen HERE

Here is the link to the Vegan Printer: www.veganprinter.com

Here is links to heaps of the articles and Facebook postings about The Vegan Society debacle:

THE "VEGAN" SOCIETY WITHDRAWS "THERE, WE SAID IT. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE VEGAN." - Facebook post about the 'rebrand' and the changes they made after the first protest of the new TVS campaign

http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/moment-silence-donald-watson-founder-vegan-society/#.U-9o90sQcbS

http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/vegan-society-ambassador-fiona-oakes-veganism-not-for-everyone-probably-not-many-people/#.U-9cK0sQcbS

http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/manager-vegfestuk-tim-barford-many-people-get-ill-vegan-diet/#.U-9clEsQcbQ

http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/cant-make-stuff-vegan-society-ambassador-fiona-oakes-says-promoting-veganism-moral-imperative-causes-damage-animals/#.U-9cF0sQcbQ

http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/vegan-society-corporate-partners-sustainable-animal-agriculture/#.U-9cBEsQcbQ

http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/brought-vegan-society-disrepute-insisted-vegan-society-vegan/#.U-9cb0sQcbQ

http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/vegan-society-decide/#.U-9cqEsQcbQ

Part 1 of the debate between Tim Barford and Gary Francione: http://www.goveganradio.com/2014/08/04/3-august-2014/

Part 2 of the debate:  http://www.goveganradio.com/2014/08/13/10-august-2014/

Facebook events page for the debate: https://www.facebook.com/events/809889079061401/

This is the debate between Gary Francione and Erik Marcus: a MUST listen for any advocate:  http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/audio/#erik-marcus-20070225  There is also a pdf of the transcript the relevant part I was referring to is here:

"...as far as what we say to people who don’t ... I’m not really interested in designing campaigns – I mean look, Erik, there are going to be people who disagree, they’re going to be people who aren’t interested at all. So shall I design
my campaign and shall I target my efforts to the people that don’t care?

You know, last night I saw this movie Amazing Grace, it wasn’t a perfect movie, but it was certainly, given the grand scheme of horrible movies these days, it was a worthwhile movie to see. It was about Wilbur Wilberforce, who actually with Richard Martin, I
think this is accurate, that he started the RSPCA in England, but William Wilberforce
was also an abolitionist with respect to slavery. And it was very interesting, because he had to confront this very issue. That, at the time that he decided slavery should be abolished most people thought slavery shouldn’t be abolished, and yet, he didn’t propose that we ought to make slavery more humane. He took an abolitionist position continuously, and eventually he prevailed. So I’m not really interested in worrying

about – yeah, are there some people out there that don’t care?
You used the expression “gratuitous cruelty” I don’t even know what the hell that means, Erik. I really don’t even know what that means, gratuitous cruelty. What does that mean? We don’t need to eat animals at all. Nobody maintains – its 2007, nobody, not even the United States government maintains that we need to eat any animal products to be optimally healthy. Indeed an increasing number of mainstream healthcare people are telling us that eating animal products isn’t good for us. So, all suffering in connection with animals that we’re raising for food is gratuitous. So I don’t know what you mean when you say gratuitous cruelty.
But, are there people who don’t care? Yes, Erik, there are people who don’t care, and there are a lot of people who do care. And what I’m interested in doing is reaching those people, and when I reach them, the last thing in the world I want to tell them is, “Hey look, you’re going to go from Abu Ghraib to a minimum security Connecticut prison if you buy cage-free eggs.” I’m not going to tell them that. I’m going to tell them if they care about this issue there’s one choice: go vegan. And you know what? Some people are going to turn off to that, and some people are going to turn on to that, and what I’m interested in is the people who turn on to it, because every person I turn on to it decreases demand. That’s what we’ve got to do, is decrease the demand. And the way you decrease demand is you get people to stop using these products altogether. You don’t do it by imposing opportunity costs that are so deminimist that producers can pass those costs along to consumers and not lose a cent of profit. Indeed, there is a huge markup. I don’t know if you’ve shopped at Whole Foods recently, but they’re making a lot of money. Those products are marked up tremendously. Those producers are making a tremendous profit. I don’t think that’s the solution. As a matter of fact, I’m sure it’s not."

Here is my Facebook status I read out:  https://www.facebook.com/NZVegan/posts/541388332629761

"Listening to the second part of the debate between Gary Francione and Tim Barford. So far we are at just the first question, re: having groups like "Part-Time Carnivore" attend Veg Fest. Tim is justifying this by saying cutting down to say 20% animal products is still going to have an immensely positive effect on the environment and human health, as well as decreasing by 80% the amount of animals used.

Nobody is disputing that less harm is better. Nobody is disputing that or has ever disputed that. It is not an issue that is focused on in human rights campaigning against fundamental human rights abuses like rape (I mean, less rape is better right? So should we campaign for 'less rape'? NO!!! We should and do campaign for NO RAPE!)

The main theme of Tim's position and of every single other welfarist I have debated myself in various places, is the same one. Their position is: if you advocate for veganism unequivocally, not only will people not even begin to think about these issues at all, and therefore because they won't even begin to think about them that means they will therefore never start to examine their animal use, leading them to start to cut down on their animal use anyway, of their own volition, based on these issues they are beginning to think about because they were talked to about veganism - not only will they not do that, but that they will completely and utterly, down to the last person, freak out, reject the entire thing entirely, and will make NO reductions and might even increase animal use out of some kind of perverse notion and will never, ever go vegan, or ever cut down, or ever have their consciousness awoken in the slightest bit about the immorality of animal use.

This is their claim. Based on this erroneous belief, they claim we *have* to promote "meat free Mondays" or "part time Carnivore" or welfare 'reforms' or 'cutting down' etc and we cannot promote veganism unequivocally or hold veganism as the moral baseline. Otherwise, they claim, NO ONE will make ANY CHANGES. EVER. That's their position.
Does that make sense to you? That doesn't make sense to me either." 

Thanks for listening

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: https://www.facebook.com/NZVegan/posts/532236813544913

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:

http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/the-four-problems-of-animal-welfare-in-a-nutshell/#.U9FdgFYQcbQ

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'): http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/my-dinner-at-eriks-happy-meat-diner/

Saturday, July 5, 2014

NZVP Ep.119 - self realisation is painful but necessary

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Or here: 

Here is the link to the article debunking 'reverse racism' that I mentioned and quoted from, *please* read it: http://feminspire.com/why-reverse-racism-isnt-real/

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.

http://www.newstatesman.com/lifestyle/2014/03/sex-positive-feminism-doing-patriarchys-work-it

http://feministcurrent.com/8879/the-divide-isnt-between-sex-negative-and-sex-positive-feminists-its-between-liberals-and-radicals/

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:
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/the-kapparos-campaign-a-good-example-whats-wrong-single-issue-campaigns/#.U7dbBxYQcbQ

Here is a link to the articles about The "Vegan" Society's betrayal of the moral baseline:
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/moment-silence-donald-watson-founder-vegan-society/#.U7fUEhYQcbQ

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: http://www.kaiaroha.co.nz

Here is the link to La Noix Vegan Cake Shop: http://lanoixvegancake.com/Home/Cakes

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:  http://www.abolitionistvegansociety.org/mashed-chickpea-salad-sandwich/#.U1miB17Dqv8
- 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 : https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.393908680628892.94280.156275557725540&type=3

Here is a link to the TAVS posters so you can use them too: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.470035596419290.1073741825.375698192519698&type=3

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXQ_IjzWN7A




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: http://www.abolitionistvegansociety.org/tavs-audio/#.Uy5N9Nz79s4

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: http://www.abolitionistvegansociety.org/tavs-challenge/#.Uy5OeNz79s4

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:
http://www.goveganradio.com/archives/

and they are also regularly announced on Gary Francione's Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/abolitionistapproach

Here is the link to the TAVS Audio on Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/user/abolitionistvegansoc?feature=watch

Jamison's interview in mp3 is available here: http://www.abolitionistvegansociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/TAVS_Audio_20140216_Episode_2_Jamison_Scala.mp3

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: http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/1144/Sarah%20Woodcock%2002%2025%202014.mp3

And another interview with Sarah from some vegan podcasters:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gingerburr/2014/02/25/what-does-it-mean-to-be-an-abolitionist-vegan

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:
https://www.facebook.com/SAFEnewzealand/photos/a.10150641855485434.697966.417859725433/10153770995105434/?type=1&stream_ref=10
https://www.facebook.com/SAFEnewzealand/posts/10153707967115462?stream_ref=10
https://www.facebook.com/SAFEnewzealand/posts/10153693040105434?stream_ref=10
https://www.facebook.com/SAFEnewzealand/photos/a.10150641855485434.697966.417859725433/10153686609385434/?type=1&stream_ref=10

Hope I got them all

Here is the link to the Esther the Wonder Pig posting:
https://www.facebook.com/estherthewonderpig/posts/532716096835619?stream_ref=10

Here is the link to My Face is on Fire Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Face-Is-on-Fire/177471362269051
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:
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/making-mockery-gandhi/#.UxKJ9NzDqv8

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: www.eatlikeyoucarebook.com

Just read some of these amazing reviews so you get an idea how profoundly this book is helping people: http://www.eatlikeyoucarebook.com/what-people-are-saying.html

Abolitionist Approach Website: www.abolitionistapproach.com

Please read ALL of these books:  http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/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]: http://abolitionistvegansociety.org

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!: http://www.farmedanimalfriends.org/1/post/2012/11/why-i-became-an-abolitionist-vegan.html

The Abolitionist Vegan Society (TAVS) website:  http://abolitionistvegansociety.org

TAVS Facebook page (where you can find the weekend challenge): https://www.facebook.com/abolitionistvegansociety

Link to information about TAVS Chapters: http://abolitionistvegansociety.org/tavs-chapters/#.Uj8VDn_Zh8E

TAVS Pin Campaign: http://tavspin.com

The wonderful posters we mentioned: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.393908680628892.94280.156275557725540&type=3

Please read Gary Francione's books!: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/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 tavs.auckland.nz@gmail.com

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: https://www.facebook.com/abolitionistapproach/posts/686541261365631


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: https://www.facebook.com/abolitionistapproach

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:  www.tavspin.com

Here is the article I spoke about: Enabling Exploitation

Here is one of the discussions on Gary Francione's facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/abolitionistapproach/posts/647496038603487

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! www.tavspin.com

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:  http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/video/#.Uf4k_BZD38s

Please watch them all.  You can see the Animals As Property video directly here also: http://vimeo.com/4807775#at=0

Read this book to inform yourself also (read ALL HIS BOOKS): http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/books/animals-property-and-the-law/#.Uf4lXhZD38s

And of course the new book Eat Like You Care  Here is the official website: http://www.eatlikeyoucarebook.com  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: http://abolitionistvegansociety.org/other/forms/register/

Here is the link to Gary Francione's Plenary Speech: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/my-plenary-talk-audio-at-the-animal-rights-2013-national-conference/#.Ud_0PBZD38t

There is also a link to the audio from the debate in the above article however here is the Youtube video of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=akFdn-sa3EM
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): https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=386347634800499&set=pb.124140001021265.-2207520000.1373629842.&type=3&theater

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." http://abolitionistvegansociety.org/other/tavs-e-newsletters/tavs-e-newsletter-july-2013/#.Ud_14BZD38s

Here is the article I mentioned from My Face Is On Fire: http://my-face-is-on-fire.blogspot.ca/2013/07/finally-abolitionist-animal-rights-at.html

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! www.vegankit.com

The Boston Vegan Association:
Facebook page (to see all the activities they do!  Always have wanted to emulate them) https://www.facebook.com/bostonvegan?fref=ts
Here is their website: http://bostonvegan.org
Their wonderful Nutritional Pamphlet:  http://bostonvegan.org/system/files/page/attachments/BVA_Nutrition_Pamphlet.pdf

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: https://www.facebook.com/abolitionistvegansociety

Website:  http://abolitionistvegansociety.org 

Go and Register!!! - http://abolitionistvegansociety.org/other/forms/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

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Things I mentioned:
 My podcast episode about being unequivocal: http://nzveganpodcast.blogspot.co.nz/2010/06/nz-vegan-podcast-episode-57-key-word-is.html

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: http://my-face-is-on-fire.blogspot.co.nz/2013/04/vegan-challenges.html

My website: www.nzvegan.com 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 http://www.veganospelaabolicao.org)

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:  https://www.facebook.com/NZVegan/posts/371795796255683

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

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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!

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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

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"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 http://vegan-times.com/) and also the Vegan Times Facebook page by  Maya Shlayan

Vegan Cupcake Cards by Emmy James - PLEASE NOTE: correct link address is: http://emmyjames.com/vegancards.pdf

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.

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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!

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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!

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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

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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.