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 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.

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.