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Long Live the Solution

Welcome to the Solution 2.0

When we started this blog two years ago, we did not think we would still be writing for it now.  We hoped that SoLVe would attract new writers to the blog each year.  We hoped that this would become a self-sustaining student initiative.

That did not happen.  The Solution has been in limbo for the last four months.  As some of you no doubt know, the Society of Legal Vegans and Vegetarians was wound up at the end of 2010.  It had a good run, forging strong friendships, and opening a lot of students’ minds to vegan and vegetarian alternatives.  But, unfortunately, we failed to really pass the baton on.  No younger crop of vegan and vegetarian law students seized the reins.

So, we wondered: What about the blog?

We could have let it wither away, or stand as a memorial to a student group that was.

But we decided not to do that.  We took a leave of absence, and now we’re back.  Better looking, faster, cleaner. Welcome to the new Solution.  Of the five original writers, two remain.  The rest have left Auckland, for Canada, Latin America, and Wellington.

Things are a bit different around here.  The new look is the most obvious change.  The Solution has had a makeover.  A more subtle change lies below that though.  Vernon and I are no longer just writing about veganism and animal law.  We are writing about what we want to write about.  From the start, we have both seen veganism and ecology as intimately connected, so expect to see more about the environment here.  This isn’t a blog about animal law anymore – if it ever was.

This is the blog we want to write.  And we want to write about a finer world and the practical ways we can make that happen – like veganism.

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Regular Transmission Will Resume Shortly

It’s been a quiet few weeks here at the Solution, but we have a few opinion pieces and articles in the pipeline.  Where have we been?

  • David and James have been frantically training, fundraising, and walking the Oxfam Trailwalker 2010.  Last weekend, Team Vegan knocked off the 100km in 22 hours and 26 minutes – and, no, it’s not a relay. Team Vegan finished 64th out of 265 teams. Go Team Vegan!
  • Vernon has been polishing off his thesis, coming up on the final weeks of his Master’s degree in law.
  • Ed has been fighting the (mostly) good fight, buried in work at the Manukau District Court.
  • Peter has spent six weeks back home in Canada.

Regular transmisson will resume shortly.  In the meantime – or any time – if you’re interested in writing a guest column for the blog, email us at contribute@thesolution.org.nz.

Blogging at The Solution

I’ve posted a new blog on my personal web site that explains why I’m blogging more here – at The Solution – and less there! The blog provides some additional SoLVe background that might be of interest.  Check it out!

Peter and James

The Solution on the Radio

Yesterday morning, Debra from Animal Rights and Wrongs interviewed me for their Wellington Access Radio slot.  I expect that it will be up online shortly.

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Welcome to The Solution

Welcome to the Society of Legal Vegans and Vegetarians’ blog: The Solution. We are a loose collective of vegan and vegetarian law students, graduates, and academics from Auckland, New Zealand.

For more information about the blog, check out the this page. For details about SoLVe, check out this page. To see who’s contributing and read about us, visit this one.

Finally, you can find an introduction to veganism and vegetarianism right here.