Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Episode 12 Benjamin Zephaniah, Dennis Kucinich, Avatar

Episode 12 Benjamin Zephaniah, Dennis Kucinich, Avatar

Hello and welcome to episode 12 of Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals, Benjamin Zephaniah, Dennis Kucinich and Avatar.

My first story is about Benjamin Zephaniah, I love his name. His surname is spelt " z or "zee" for the uncultured, e p h a n i a h ". Zephaniah is one of the most interesting Vegans that I know of. I like mentioning him, as he breaks all kinds of stereotypes of what vegans look like. Hes an African Englishman, a rastafarian poet, AND hes vegan! I love it.

I've known about Zephaniah, for a few years, but I've only recently started watching videos of him online. On the Animal Rights and Wrongs podcast I listen to, linked to in my notes, a Zephaniah poem was played recently. Here it is.

"Vegetarian Scouts Trip Aided By Sausages" Newspaper

" Running a sausage sizzle is tough when you are a vegetarian, but that is the sort of sacrifice a scout will make to get to a jamboree.

It's a sacrifice 14-year-old Pip Prouting was willing to make.

Pip is one of 11 Southland scouts who have packed their bags for the 22nd Australian Jamboree at Cataract Lake, just south of Sydney, which will be held from this Saturday to January 15.

The group of nine boys and two girls, along with Pip's scout-leader father Mike, flew out last night.

After 18 months of fundraising – during which Pip and her father estimated they sold about 3500 sausages outside The Warehouse – the time had finally come to head across the ditch."

Friday, December 25, 2009

Dennis Kucinich interviewed by Reddit

Dennis Kucinich, the vegan who ran for US President! Kucinich was interviewed for reddit, unfortunately, the super hot Elizabeth Kucinich wasnt with him :(

Straight to the Vegan part!

Full Interview

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Episode 11 "Cow Cubicles" , The Vegan Menace, "Rabbits Do Their Bit", Eating A Rat

Episode 11 "Cow Cubicles" , The Vegan Menace, "Rabbits Do Their Bit", Eating A Rat

Hello and welcome to episode 11 of Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals. "Cow Cubicles" , The Vegan Menace, "Rabbits Do Their Bit", Eating A Rat

This episode I'd like to mention a few different news stories.

I have a short clip about a farmer angry with paul mccartney promoting meat free monday. This is a fun story, about how farmers find vegans and vegetarians offensive!

I'd been trying to avoid covering it, but finally I'm going to mention New Zealand quote "cow cubicles", which are being branded as a type of factory farming. Also, a local newspaper story "rabbits do their bit for playground", about the noble act of shooting rabbits to sell for fundraising. And finally, getting in trouble for killing and eating a rat. How is this any different to how farm animals are treated?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Episode 10 Day Old Chicks

Episode 10 Day Old Chicks

Welcome to episode 10 of Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals, Day Old Chicks.

I wanted to make a special, short episode about todays great news. Ms Chicken's chicks hatched today! So far, I dont know how many there are in total, at least two chicks, possibly 3, because Ms Hen is sitting where the eggs are. The hatched chicks are all sheltering under her, they burrow under her feathers for warmth. The ones I have definitely were either the traditional blonde chick colour, or a dark brown. The darker chick will most likely be the same glossy black colour as its mother in time.

I've uploaded some photos of the chicks to my flickr account. You can find it on my blog, coexistingwithnonhuman animals I also have photos of some of the Wandering Ringtail Damselflies I found, the first of that kind this year. Two videos of the chicks are uploaded, mainly so you can hear the noises they make. Heres a generic sound effect of chicks peeping, 

Photos of day old baby chickens :)


I dont know how many we have for sure, there were 10 eggs, at least
two, one "blonde", one "dark". There could be more, Ms Hen hasnt
moved yet and I dont want to force her aside.

Also, the first "Wandering Ringtail" Damselflies of the year :)

I use a photo of one on my hand for this podcast's logo

Hope you've had a great day :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

"Rabbits do their bit for playground"

What a nice thing eh? Under that headline, Id suspect maybe a bunch of children brought their animals for a "show and tell", with a school etc charging admission? Nope,

"Cardrona Valley rabbits were caught on the hop as they were rounded up as the signature ingredient for "Conie Casserole" at the Cardrona Village Fair yesterday."

"We reckon there is a market for bunnie burgers, she said."

I covered a "dead rabbit throwing contest" on my podcast,( ), might have to cover this too.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Twitter #veganpodcast meme

I'd like to start a meme, for Vegan Podcasters to post new episode's on twitter using the " #veganpodcast " hash tag. This way, people interested in Vegan Podcasts can just click the hashtag and see all other vegan podcasts! It should be a good way to find new podcasts, and will always be "alive and growing", as old podcasts that are no longer updated will not be mentioned.

Thank you to anyone who takes it up :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Episode 9 Mcdonalds Free Range Eggs, Veganism On TV

Episode 9 Mcdonalds Free Range Eggs, Veganism on TV

Welcome to episode 9 of Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals. Mcdonalds Free Range, and Veganism on tv.

Before I begin, I'd like to say hello to Gordon, who left a comment recently on my blog, coexisting with nonhuman animals ., and also to Jay , who sent me a positive email. You can follow Jay on Twitter, her username is "Calif_Vegan", for californian Vegan, c a l i f underscore vegan". If anyone else enjoys this podcast, I'd love to hear from you personally, you can twitter or facebook or email me. My username is Jay wont dart everywhere, jaywontdart or on twitter or on facebook. J a y w o n t d a r t.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Episode 8 Circus Elephant Freed

Episode 8 Circus Elephant Freed

Welcome to the eighth episode of Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals.

On my first podcast, Jay Wont darts podcast, I covered the story of Jumbo, a circus elephant in New Zealand. I absolutely hate the name "Jumbo", I prefer to call her "Mrs Elephant", the idea of naming an elephant "jumbo", after the famous circus elephant, really bothers me. I met Mrs Elephant, and she is definitely more than just a stereotypical item of a circus's property. For one thing, shes now free from the circus!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Letter in newspaper

I've been known to write into The Southland Times newspaper from time to time,
and got a response back from someone (presumably joking) that they tried a
"no-meat diet of beans, greens and onions", and have had nothing but trouble
from it!

heres the full letter,

"We'll meat again
Since Mr Wyatt's suggestion (November 4) I have tried a no-meat diet of beans,
greens and onions but sad to say after the increased emissions I now have no
friends, am sleeping in the garage, the cat clawed the sofa to pieces, the dog
bit my leg and the pigs thought I was talking to them.

It's now back to a healthy balanced diet of meat and vegetables.

(Did you know that pigs, like most other animals and birds, also eat meat in
their natural environment?)
Neville Stronach, Te Anau"

Newspaper Website

I've sent this reply in, let me know what you think :)

"(In reply to Neville Stronach, Te Anau's letter)

Hi Neville,

If you did indeed try living on a diet of three things, "beans,
greens and onions", no wonder you ran into difficulty :) Variety is
the spice of life!

If you're ever in Invercargill, I'd love to prepare a Vegan Culinary
Tour de Force for you, err, thank you for warning me in advance of
your digestive difficulties :) I've never ran into any of the problems
you mentioned and its been years since I've eaten meat. Perhaps you
just hit a bad batch of "beans, greens and onions"?

Humans can thrive on a Vegan diet, I'm trying to arrange an interview
time with Auckland vegan Dusan Dudas, a very successful bodybuilder,
he runs , it would be great to
have him on my podcast "Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals".

(while we are playing "Animal Trivia", there are actually more
herbivorous animals than carnivores, and many are spectacular! From
the cutest Rabbits and Lambs, the tall Giraffe, the strong Elephant,
or our second closest relative, the Gorilla. Three of the "Big Five"
most dangerous African animals are herbivores.)

Best wishes,

Jordan Wyatt

Monday, November 23, 2009

Episode 7 Presidential Turkey Pardon

Episode 7

Presidential Turkey Pardon

Hello and welcome to episode 7, Presidential Turkey Pardon.

That was my second bumper, sent in by Elizabeth Collins. I have a total of 6 bumpers so far, I'll cycle through them at the beginning of each episode. I hope to have at least a further 2 on the way, please, if you are interested in sending me a bumper, I'd love to have you on. You can find out more on my blog, coexisting with nonhuman, or email me,

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Episode 6 Live Export

Episode 6 Live Export

Hello and welcome to episode 6 of Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals. Just before the intro, I played the first "bumper" I've received, from Sam Tucker. I've asked other vegans, from around the world to send me a recording as they mention who they are, where they can be found, and "youre listening to coexisting with nonhuman animals", as if my podcast were on tv. If you would like to make a bumper for me to play before each episode, you can go to my blog, coexisting with nonhuman and see the post about Bumpers there. I'd like them all to follow the same format and to be about 15 seconds or less.

Anyone want to record a "bumper"?

Hello :)

I'd like to make some "bumpers", short intro ads for my podcast, featuring Vegans from around the world!
Just before each episode of my podcast Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals starts, I'd like to play a bumper. My blog can be found here The first bumper, by (Sam Tucker ) can be heard on episode 6, Live Export.

Any Vegans worldwide who can record their voice are welcome to send me their version! My idea is just to make my podcast more interesting, with many different voices over time, and to help promote other Vegan websites/podcasts etc. Would you like to be included?

I'd really like it to stick to the same format each time, for consistency.

*An introduction to who you are
*Where you can be found online
*and a mention of my podcast at the end, "you're listening to Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals"

My example,

"Hello, Im Jordan Wyatt, an abolitionist Vegan from Invercargill, New Zealand. You can find me at coexisting with nonhuman animals . You're listening to Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals!"

If possible, could you please stick closely to my above example? I'd like all the bumpers to be short, 15 seconds or so, but if want to be a bit longer, thats fine :)

I'd use a unique bumper at the start of each episode for as long as I could, perhaps cycling back through them again. If I get enough submissions, maybe each episode could have a unique bumper though!

If you could record yourself on your computer, and email me an mp3/aac/wave file to play, that would be great!

Thank you very much for your time :)

Jordan Wyatt ( )
"Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals"

Monday, November 9, 2009

Episode 5 NZ Pork Scandal Followup

Episode 5 NZ Pork Scandal Followup

Welcome to episode 5 of Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals.

Before I'd begin, Id like to mention that New Zealand once again has a Vegan society! Very cool, you can find the New Zealand Vegan Society at

For this episode I'd like to follow up on what I call the "NZ Pork Scandal", mainstream coverage of how pigs are treated New Zealand. I covered the initial story 6 months ago, on my other podcast, I've included a link to that episode on this podcasts blog, at coexisting with nonhuman

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Episode 4 Changing Stereotypes: World Vegan Day!

Episode 4 Changing Perceptions: World Vegan Day!

Welcome to another episode of Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals.

Happy World Vegan Day to everyone listening! The first of November each year is World Vegan Day, I think its a great idea.

I'm celebrating by wearing my Team Vegan shirt. Team Vegan is a great New Zealand group, for Vegans who enter into sports events. You can find out more at .

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Episode 3 Strife After Death: Using Dead Animals

Episode 3 Strife After Death: Using Dead Animals

Welcome to the third episode of Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals.

I'd like to say a very big hello to Barbara, of Veganacious . Barbara sent me an email thanking me for my other podcast. I've thanked Barbara for the articles she posts online. You can find her on twitter under the username Veganacious or at veganacious .com .

This episode, that I've called "strife after death", I'd like to talk about how we use dead animals in somewhat unusual ways. We all know how meat comes from the Beef Tree, requiring only sunlight and five hugs a day to produce steak, but do you know whats really in normal petfood?

My first story is from New Zealand. It pretty much speaks for itself, a very small rural town, where killing animals is celebrated.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My Birthday :)

I've turned 22 today, 24th of October. Thank you to Bea Elliot for sending this my way :)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Episode 2 Catcha Cray

Episode 2

Catcha Cray

Hello and welcome to the second episode of Coexisting with Nonhuman Animals. This episode, Catcha Cray, a cruel and unusual arcade game where you catch living Lobsters with a claw, New Zealanders commonly call Spiny Lobsters "Cray fish".

The Catcha Cray machine is a modified Skill Tester machine, where you steer a smooth claw to grab your prize, and drop it down a chute, so you can take it out of the machine through a door. Except, in "Catcha Cray", the claw goes into a glass lobster tank, with 6 lobsters (or "crayfish") inside.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Episode 1 Crafar Bobby Calves

Episode 1 Crafar Bobby Calves

Welcome to the first episode of Coexisting with nonhuman animals. This will be my new podcast, where I release all animal rights related episodes. If you havnt listened to my older podcast, Jay Wont dart's podcast, there are still plenty of interesting animal rights related episodes. I'll link to those on my blog, you can see all episodes of Jay Wont darts podcast at , with direct download links. Or, you could get the episodes from iTunes, by searching for " jay wont dart ".

Im going to leave all previous episodes alone, but this podcast, Coexisting with nonhuman animals, will be where all future episodes about animal rights will be released. Perhaps you would like to subscribe to both of my podcasts, my general topic podcast, and this podcast you are listening to now, covering Animal rights.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hold on :)

Should have my first real episode up soon :)

In the mean time, I have direct download links to my previous animal rights/vegan episodes on the right.

Thank you for your patience :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Letter published in local paper, company reply

I sent a letter to The Southland Times, about the transplant of pig organs into humans. The local coverage of the issue had been one sided, that having this pig farm in our region, we would be gaining an enormous amount of wealth, as the pigs were mysteriously turned into a life saving (for human animals!) product, trademarked as "Diabecell"

First my letter that was published, then the company reply. I'd love to know what you think!

What happens to the diabetes pigs?

"I would like to know the actual plan when it comes to using pigs for organ transplant. I've asked both the mayor and Living Cell Technologies to be honest about what their procedures involve.
How I understood the mayor's last article, investors are being asked to spend $3 billion on a factory farm.
From what I understand of the process – admittedly very little – the pigs will be monitored in a sterile cell block, kept alive for their organs and blood? Will it be like in The Matrix: bodies encased in a pink slime, tubes every which way? Who knows?
And for this, these poor pigs will find themselves being trademarked as "Diabecell". What is that exactly? Is it an organ attached to a person? A series of injections?
I would genuinely like to be informed.
Can't we return these poor pigs back to their lovely remote holiday home on the Auckland Islands to live their lives free of mad science? Or will the dollar signs win out?
Jordan Wyatt, Invercargill"

"Living Cell Technologies chief executive Paul Tan replies:
Living Cell Technologies (LCT) is breeding pigs in special facilities in Invercargill. The intention is to use pig tissue to treat human diseases rather than as a source of food.
No experiments are conducted on the pigs. They are housed in environmentally controlled facilities that give them a very comfortable existence and protect them from the viruses that modern pig herds have. They each have their own pen, which is a large area so that the pig can move around and lie out full length in any direction. They are let out of their pens twice a day for their exercise, to play and socialise with the other pigs. The pigs are given toys and the staff spend time grooming, bathing and giving attention.
The pancreas of young piglets are taken to obtain cells that produce insulin. The piglets are anaesthetised for the pancreas to be removed and they are then humanely euthanized while still under anaesthesia. In a separate manufacturing unit the cells are processed into gel capsules and the product, Diabecell (registered trade mark), can be implanted into the abdomen of someone with type-1 diabetes. In this form of diabetes, the insulin producing cells of the pancreas have been destroyed and the person becomes insulin deficient. It is treated with lifesaving insulin injections but this still causes life threatening swings in blood glucose levels. The implanted pig cells produce insulin when blood glucose is high and switch off when blood glucose returns to normal.

Pigs are used because pig insulin is very similar to human insulin. Prior to genetically modified human insulin becoming today's standard treatment, pig insulin was routinely used to treat human diabetes for many decades.
The pigs were left on the Auckland Islands by sailors as a food source. DOC would like to remove all the pigs from the Auckland Islands to protect the plant and birdlife there.
By breeding these unique pigs in comfortable conditions not only are we preserving the breed, their tissues are used to save human lives.
We are aware that Southland has an active social and economic development programme and our company is pleased to be part of its progress."

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Episode 0 Introduction

Episode 0 Introduction

Hi, welcome to the introduction to my new podcast, Coexisting with nonhuman animals.

I've decided to have two podcasts, my main "Jay Wont darts podcast" where I talk about anything that interests me, and this, Coexisting with nonhuman animals, that will focus like a laser on being vegan, and animal stories. You could just subscribe to one of my podcasts, or you could subscribe to both.

I asked for help naming this podcast, and my friend Sam suggested the title. Its very long, but I like it. Sam also designed the artwork, using a photo of a Wandering Ringtail Damselfly that rested on my hand. I think it looks very peaceful, its a very pretty little insect, so delicate compared to my giant clunky hand. Thank you very much to Sam for his contributions.

Hopefully I'll soon have a marvelous new intro to play at the start of every episode, I think its best that I stick to one intro/outro clip for this podcast to unify my message better. I hope I can have that ready for the first real episode.

No doubt I'll have lots of New Zealand animal news stories to cover in coming episodes. At the moment, news of a farmer allowing baby cows, calves, to starve to death has been a big issue. More shocking to me, MAF, the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, in charge of Animal Welfare, tipped off the farm, to get rid of evidence. That evidence was the dying animals, they were dispatched by being hit on the head with a hammer. As MAF say < " thats not approved clip "> I dont think needless killing of animals is ever humane, but in this case, perhaps the animals couldnt be saved, I dont know.

I have many more ideas for episodes, but if you have any ideas for topics I should cover, you can email met at

Hopefully the first actual episode will be up within a week or so.

Thank you very much for listening.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

first post :)

Preparing the first episodes, just waiting for some elements to tie the podcast together.

Be patient, hopefully I'll have the first episode up soon :)