Hello and welcome to a fine episode of Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals.
I may have recently dissed Liberia, but one country I'll never mock is Latvia, I have a listener from Riga, Latvia who often visits my blog. So uh, Hi! I hope I pronounced your cities name correctly.
You can see on the right side of my website where visitors are from, I think its a great widget. It shows you that people from all around the world are interested in Veganism. You'll notice a lot from Invercargill New Zealand, its not like I'm desperately checking my own blog to see who else is visiting…its um….that I have lots of listeners here in my rural city of dairyfarmers,…..yeah.
I've recently finished all the Arthur C Clarke Space Odyssey books, 2001, 2010, 2061 and 3001: The Final Odyssey. The last book has mention of food. Franke Poole, the astronaut who is presumably killed by HAL 9000 in the first movie, who drifted through space, DEAD, was magically brought back to life a thousand years later. Future society is weird, but somehow he quickly gets over missing any friends or family from his past, which I thought was not very nice. The food of 3001 is mentioned,
Sadly, Frank thinks to himself about how he misses "real food", I certainly don't miss any non Vegan product.
Oh, and I had a sudden thought explosion, I've had difficulty telling people why I wont wear woolen clothing, there are many sheep in New Zealand, and wool is common. "got your winter woolies on Margret? oh yes yes" is what elderly white people will say when winter strikes. I remember my Aunty, having "sheep skins", the entire torso skin of a sheep, preserved and put on her mattresses, for warmth. Its as if they cut the animals head and limbs off, and keep the rest as a rug. I'm very glad times have changed. I had a bolt of inspiration, at least in New Zealand, we use the term "fleeced", as in, "damn, I got fleeced by that jerk", fleeced meaning "something you had was stolen" according to an online definition. Hmm, fleeced, when you cut the wool from a sheep, and we use it as "when someone stole from you". This usage can join "don't try and pull the wool over my eyes" as negative points for wool. We use so many awful figures of speech in regards to animals . A recent newspaper had a high end fashion retailer mentioning "its killing two birds with one stone". Well, I may not live in the most civil of societies, we only JUST got the iPad today you know, but surely, even for Invercargill, our fashion retailers are not out there killing birds with rocks, surely? So why would we be boastful of killing TWO animals with a single stone? Does that make you more attractive as a person? Hardly.
Many of the welfare groups attack wool because of "crutching", when parts of the sheeps backside are cut off, for fear of flystrike. I don't believe thats common, if performed at all in New Zealand, our temperatures are so much…I'm trying to avoid saying "we're colder"….we have a more NORMAL temperature, instead of those soaring deserts next door. But wool is really no different from any animal product, in my area, there are sheep shearing contests, when a couple men in t shirts called "wife beaters" see how many animals they can shear. The frightened sheep are picked up and thrown upside down against the floor, quickly shorn, and then shoved away, for the process to begin with the next sheep. If a hairdresser for any other animal threw a non-sheep upside down against the floor, they would end up in jail. Its plain wrong to treat so called "farm animals" any worse than say, cats or dogs. Especially when Chickens are superior in every possible way. Wool is a terrible product.
I found an interview with Paul McCartney that was interesting.
"He felt that one day a week was "do-able". "If you ask people to go completely vegetarian, it may be too challenging. This wasn't asking so much."
What would he say to those who argue that one day a week isn't enough? "I think any move in the right direction is enough. If you want my real point of view then, yeah, I would encourage people to go vegetarian, but that's not what this campaign is about. And it's not what the UN campaign was about."
McCartney says he has a lot of friends who eat meat, and likens it to religion. "I wouldn't want someone to be bossing me, saying, 'You should be a Buddhist.' I'd say, 'Lay off, I'll make my own mind up, thank you!'. I don't want to go laying it on people – 'You really should be vegetarian.' I like them to come to it themselves."
I came across his interview on a Welfare promoting Vegan messageboard. Paul McCartney is not Vegan, he is Vegetarian, whatever that means. I came across Veganism by myself, and it took an awful lot longer than if someone had been there promoting Veganism to me. Paul, when you yourself decide to have your rights signed away, to be artificially inseminated, to be milked, to be kept in a cage for your eggs, and to be killed at a young age, NOT