Monday, December 16, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

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

Listen HERE

or here 


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:

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

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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.

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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 - Don't get participation in animal slavery mixed up with involuntary harm

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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

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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):

Hope I remembered everything!  Thanks for listening.

Monday, June 10, 2013

NZVP Ep 104 - Street Stall evidence of the paradigm shifting. ***NOTE: I AM NO LONGER AFFILIATED WITH OR SUPPORT TAVS


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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:

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:

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

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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.