Monday, January 30, 2012

Love Hen Mother drafts printed! :-)

Drafts of "Love Hen Mother" have been printed, an A4 size poster, A5 (a laminated copy will be kept in the INVSOC Advocacy Kit) and sticker :-)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Episode 74 Pigs with iPads

Episode 74 Pigs with iPads

Chicken Friends make for "…a wonderful world" video, New Zealand boats, Cow Crushes and Crushed Cows (or Horses), Bulls labelled with gender identity issues, Mayor Cull, Angle Grinders, Young Farmers, Pigs with iPads, Coal Action Network Aotearoa and "Keep The Coal In The Hole" protest, Fantails, Damn the Dam, The Mighty Boosh and The Hitcher!

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Hello and welcome to Episode 74 of Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals Pigs with iPads

I've got a lot of newspaper stories to cover this episode, I've tried to throw in a bunch of audio clips in between, so you wont fall asleep listening to me drone on and on.  To those who listen to Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals as a sleep aid, sorry, you'll be kept awake this episode for a change!

I recently recorded a video of my lovely Hen Friends, "Wonderful World", Hens enjoying themselves in the warm sun, backed by the TOTALLY free to use song "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong.

I hope gentle videos of other animals as they should be can be a positive force for Veganism, I've gotten a few positive comments already:

Lisa wrote
"My grandkids have watched this about a half dozen times this morning. They love your hen friends!"

and Barbara added
"I also know a little boy who will be delighted. He smiles every time he hears about chicken friends. Thanks so much Jordan. "

I wonder how young children who see other animals living peacefully will feel growing up, if decent exposure to such things will stay with them all their lives.  I know that once I was sick, in bed as a young boy, and my family brought in some newly hatched chicks, presumably so they would catch my flu, and thus create the dreaded Bird Flu, you know, I never knew until now my parents actively wanted to bring about armageddon, you learn something new every day, I'll never forget those chirping chicks on my brightly covered duvet, and thanks to photos taken, I never will.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

We Are INVSOC project, photos wanted!

I'm working on a future website project, making a page filled with nice photos of Invercargill Vegan Society members, those who live here in Invercargill, and honorary friends around the world! :-)

Sneak Peek!  When I have more submissions, I'll figure out the best size for the small photos to be, so they work together, when you highlight your mouse over the photos, the persons first name, region and country will show, ie "Jordan, Invercargill, New Zealand", when the photo is clicked, the full size original photo will be shown.

If you could have a photo of yourself taken like my friend Mitch here, with your INVSOC badge/pin, I would love to include you :-)  The more the merrier!

Its kind of like "We Are Weaned",

and Faces of Vegan

Thanks for your time :-)


Sunday, January 22, 2012

"Wonderful World" Chicken Friend Video :-)

I love my Hen Friends :-)

Its easy to be Vegan, and something Other Animals will really appreciate, not to be seen as a thing, as an "it" but respected as our friends :-)


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Episode 73 Dr Tuttle Has A Rolling Home

Episode 73 Dr Tuttle has a Rolling Home

Hello and welcome to Episode 73 of Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals, the Dr Will Tuttle special!

"Dr Tuttle has a Rolling Home….wherever he parks, that is his home,
wherever he goes, this Vegans on the roaaaaaaam"

I hope you'll enjoy this interview with the wonderful Dr Will Tuttle, whose Wikipedia article describes him thus:

"Dr Will Tuttle, PhD, is an award-winning American author, speaker, educator, pianist and composer. He is a former Zen monk and a PhD graduate from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been awarded a Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience award"

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You can find the script for this episode, as well as downloads for every episode of Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals at

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"Billie Jean", "Beat It", "Man in the Mirror", "We Are The World" all by Michael Jackson
"Papa Was A Rolling Stone" by the Temptations

Monday, January 16, 2012

Episode 72 Vegan food….FROM HELL!

Episode 72 Vegan food….FROM HELL!

>44,000 litre dumping of "diluted effluent" mucking up a $11.6 million NZD lake cleanup, Vegan Brownies, Estate Lots, Freezers, Hannibal, Scouring of the Shire, Dumping of cats, American Pie, Vegan hotdogs are from Australia, Vegan Pizzas are from New Zealand!

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Hello and welcome to episode 72 of Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals, your favourite show from the bottom of New Zealand.

In the latest news about priceless New Zealand waterways being messed up big time by high quality quote "dairy nutrients", we have this lovely story about a local polluter, from The Press, a Christchurch newspaper:

"The deliberate pollution of a Canterbury waterway with tens of thousands of litres of effluent will jeopardise a multi-million dollar plan to clean up Lake Ellesmere.
Canterbury farm manager Blair John Lloyd narrowly avoided home detention after causing one of the region's largest ever illegal effluent discharges.
Instead, Lloyd was fined $20,000 and sentenced to 260 hours of community service when he appeared in the Christchurch District Court in November after allowing more than 44,000 litres of effluent to discharge from a Springston property into a waterway flowing into the environmentally-sensitive Lake Ellesmere.
Appalled Ngai Tahu (the main local tribe of native Maori New Zealanders) chairman Mark Solomon said the pollution had jeopardised an $11.6 million plan to clean up the lake.  (Thats around 10 million USD.)
"Government, industry and Ngai Tahu are pumping a huge amount of time and resource into reversing the degradation of Te Waihora [Lake Ellesmere], and if we don't succeed, the consequences will be considerable."
Solomon said the lake's condition was the result of 150 years of poor farming and development practice in the area, which was no longer acceptable.
Federated Farmers North Canterbury dairy chairman Kieran Stone said news of the discharge was "hugely disappointing".
"You'd like to think that everyone would have upped their game and this sort of thing wouldn't happen. It's not too flash."
In what was slammed by Judge Paul Kellar as "very deliberate" offending, Lloyd disconnected a pipe from a blocked irrigator and placed it under nearby trees, allowing diluted effluent to spill over into nearby drains.
More than 44,000 litres of diluted effluent was discharged over four days in October 2010 before Environment Canterbury (ECan) staff noticed the discharge."

To put "more than 44,000 litres of diluted effluent" into perspective, diluted with water no doubt, taking clean, fresh water, quite possibly from one of the Canterbury regions fossil water reservoirs, the water that accumulated over hundreds, thousands of years, and here they are pumping it out of the ground and using this precious water to water down cowshit, so they can claim their pollution is "diluted", 44,000 litres….ok, I drink a fair amount of water a day, about 1 to 2 litres….so, if Jordan drinks two litres of water each day, thats about one five thousandth of the amount of watered down shit this farmer negligently pumped out each day.  And the thing about water is, it tends to be naturally recycled, so every time Jordan fills his waterbottle, guess what used to be in that water?  That water came from a river, a river that stretches far out into rural Southland, by the way, I'm just trying to accentuate my accent on R sounds, water, river, rural, all these lovely farmers dumping "dairy effluent", "diluted" or not, it goes into our water, gee, thanks farmers!

Like the yearly event "townies" accurately predict called "Winter", which always seems to have farmers caught without preparations, leaving staving baby animals to die in the paddocks, pollution is a nonstop problem.  I took a screenshot of a farmer saying how he would flout the new rules placed upon him, how he was meant to move the sewage hoses each day, to spread the "nutrient" around, he couldn't be bothered, so he'd just move them when he felt like it.  Its simply a fact of farming life, nice animals go in, huge tones of "dairy nutrients" come out, tens of millions of animals are killed each year in this country alone, and stolen calf food is sold for a quick profit, regardless of the cost to everyone else where, or, Lake Ellesmere.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Episode 71 New Zealand Apples (and Pears) take on the world!

Episode 71 New Zealand Apples (and Pears) take on the world!

Surviving 2012, Michael Jackson, Te Anau Rodeo, Aging farmers, Bruce Willis…*correction*…WILLS, Voice control news reports (with Vegan presenters!), Facelift, Fonterra's Future of New Zealand, New Zealand Apples (and pears) take on the world, starting with Australia, Americas Cup and Team New Zealand, little underground snakes, the New-New Zealand economy : $200 USD per New Zealand apple, $150 USD per New Zealand pear!

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OH, hello?  We're still here?  Really?  No giant meteor strike?  No Tsunami of top quality "dairy nutrients" washed the islands of New Zealand away?  Well, I'd better start the show then…….cue bumper and intro:

Hello and welcome to Episode 71 of Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals, New Zealand Apples (and pears) take on the world!

Well, we somehow survived instant defenestration once our smartphone clocks hit 2012, 6 billion people didn't fall through plate glass windows to their deaths on the streets below their single story houses.

How was your New Years Eve?  Lots of drunk people?  Police with riot shields and batons?  

I went downtown to Wachner Place Invercargill, in our bustling CBD, free music, and big crowds!  ….. …last night of existence…..

< countdown clip>

I'm always excited to hear what the first song of the new year will be, the first song I hear, no cheating, I don't play any music until I've heard a random song passing by.  The live band picked a good song….to mutilate!

Hey guys, Beat It isn't meant to be BAD, its on the Thriller album!

The chorus wasn't HORRIBLE….but……the famous solo…..was reduced to THIS

I'll let Kanye critic it

Harsh, but fair.  Of course, we all know how the REAL solo goes:

Marvelous, marvelous song!

An interesting video showed up early in the new year a Killer Whale or Orca beating the hell out of sharks, the sharks beaching themselves in an attempt to get free from the whale, all this happened about an hours drive from where I live, so, I guess the list of dangerous animals found on land here in New Zealand expands from just that bloody spider from Australia, to including Sharks.  Snakes on a Plane, meet Sharks ON the Beach!  A video of a family recording the thrashing in the breaking waves, the sharks coming up onto the sand and getting stuck, whirling about while a dog trained to hurt and kill Pigs growls and snaps at the larger shark can be found in my shownotes.

I'd like to say hello to Nick Pendegrast, who emailed me saying

"…I started listening from the four corners/live export episode, which was great - and have listened to all of the episodes since then, as well as some of the older ones. "

Thank you for letting me know you listen Nick!  

New Zealand radio show Animal Rights and Wrongs is changing hosts, Debra and Eric are stepping down, and leaving the show in the hands of new host Julie Gunn.  I got a hello on the second last episode of the current format, from this radio show broadcast in New Zealand capital Wellington, bottom of the North Island, for a listener at the bottom of the South Island!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Comment to The Southland Times RE rodeos and Non Veganism

Theres recently been a few articles about a local "rodeo", where innocent young animals are thrown about, or "ridden" in a display of fear and pain, showing how very "strong" and "dominating" we are to other "lesser" animals.

Google Images for "Te Anau Rodeo"

The Southland Times had a poll online, which I posted on my Facebook page, asking for votes *against* and to use the comments as an example to promote Veganism instead, it started off being nearly 50/50, but after my friends reposted it to their friends, we ended up with well over 80 percent against rodeos.

I'm glad that we're moving to a world where people can question our current practices, what we do to other animals, and am taking this as a great opportunity to promote Animal Rights, to add a third option of "I'm Vegan, lets not harm and kill other animals, its the least they deserve!".

An opinion piece was written by the newspaper after we displayed our dominance over the poll, which you can read online here:

"OPINION: Are rodeos a guilty pleasure?
That's really two questions. Are they pleasure and, if so, a guilty one?
It depends on how inclined you are to think like an analytical behaviourist, emote like an empathetic ethologist, fret like a liberal or reckon like a redneck.
A behaviourist accepts only the result of tests and isn't likely to be all that impressed by wailing exhortations to "look into the animal's eyes and see the anguish".
He would observe, dispassionately, that the flank strap elastic band is put around a horses' midriff to encourage it to buck – and that it keeps bucking once the rider is off.
The ethologist might substitute the word "encourage" with "torment" and would be open to wider questions about whether animals can feel not only physical pain but emotional distress.
The behaviourist might note that the animal injury rate reported from rodeos is less than 1 per cent and record the cowboy contention that the most use a bucking horse would get each year would total something like 64 seconds, if the riders were able to stay on that long. He might note some bruising, such as might also be observed at children's sports events.
(To the reproach that children, unlike animals, would be taking part voluntarily and would be free to express how they really feel, the behaviourist might have to defer to the liberal, who would retort that if you looked into the eyes of some of the parents on the sidelines, you'd conclude that such freedom is illusory.)"

I wrote in this letter, taking up two whole comments:

"Political affiliation doesnt come into it, you could be a money kissing ACT-er or an environmentally friendly Green-ie, the issue is about harming other animals.  "Keep politics out of sport" was the warcry decades past, but issues such as human rights and animal rights (animal rights *are* human rights, we other animals) transcend wanting to play some little game of "sport".

I've attended local "rodeos" before, and its pretty plain to see the distress and fear, as the other animals are being thrown about into the dirt.  A festival of treating other animals as things (indeed, as they are described as "its" rather than "he" or "she" here), we can do so much better in 2012.


"We are entitled to have mixed feelings about rodeos. Some among us just want to feel the adrenaline. Some just want the rest of us to cut it out and leave animals alone, period.

Most, surely, see a capacious middle ground that affords room for manoeuvre, giving rodeo a future based on appropriate controls on behaviours to be fairly expected of man and beast."

We most certainly cannot find a middle [way], either we are for harming and killing someone, or we are fully against it.  How would you "nicely" throw other animals about?  Drug them up so they feel nothing but "happy thoughts"?  A rink lined with cotton wool? (the best kind of wool!)  Soundproof glass around the braying and inebriated mob?  Even after the construction of this hypothetical hundred million dollar stadium in Te Anau, we'd still be left with the issue of seeing other animals as mere playthings, to be "dominated" in a public display of humiliation.

As the English Sociologist Dr Roger Yates might say, its a matter of societal norms, what we see as normal, and what we participate in ourselves.  If we grew up believing it were ok to harm cats and dogs, we would do so, while mocking "[fretting] liberals", "wailing exhortations to "look into the animal's eyes and see the anguish".

We have grown up otherwise, where we currently have a demand from mainstream New Zealand for "harsher penalties" on those who harm animals (as in Cats and Dogs), with some being so enthusiastic as to wish for a "death penalty" to those who would hurt a cat or dog!

Might these same people attend rodeos?  Quite possibly.

Yesterday I drove past four Southland slaughterhouses with a friend.  We live in a province where you'll find vet clinics next door to "meat warehouses"

where only a two lane national highway separates the community swimming pool and a gigantic slaughterhouse, and where we celebrate "Cardigan Bay", "the worlds first million dollar pacer", a horse forced into dragging around a little Napoleon, for the "athlete" (the human!) to receive glory, for the "owners" to receive exorbitant profits.

Right behind the sign is a slaughterhouse, aptly demonstrating the link between the two industries, exploiting animals for our "sport", of exploiting other animals weakness to stainless steel and violence, for our dinner plate.

We can choose not to harm others, human animals and nonhuman animals alike.

Deciding to be Vegan is a great New Years resolution! :-)

Jordan Wyatt
"all animals are equal" "

Never let a good opportunity to talk with Non Vegans about Veganism go by! :-)

Have a lovely 2012 :-)