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Proposition: Garrett Lawley (San Diego Christian College) vs. Opposition: Danielle Roman (Binghamton University)

Judge: Christian Chessman (University of Florida)

Resolution: Resolved: This house believes that being a vegetarian is a better ethical choice than meat eating.

  • Garrett Lawley
    Garrett Lawley
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    Danielle Roman
    Danielle Roman
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    Posted at October 7, 2014 01:26:21AM EST by Garrett Lawley

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    Posted at October 8, 2014 12:08:35AM EST by Danielle Roman

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    Kneidel, Sally, and Sara K. Kneidel. Veggie Revolution: Smart Choices for a Healthy Body and a Healthy Planet. Golden: Fulcrum, 2005. Print.

    Yuen, Carmen. The Cosmos in a Carrot: A Zen Guide to Eating Well. Berkeley, CA: Parallax, 2006. Print.

    "More Reasons to Go Vegan." PETA. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Oct. 2014. <http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/reasons-go-vegan/>.

    Posted at October 9, 2014 02:32:25AM EST by Garrett Lawley

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    Posted at October 9, 2014 07:23:33PM EST by Danielle Roman

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    Posted at October 11, 2014 08:46:52AM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

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    Submitted at October 13, 2014 11:21:37AM EST by Christian Chessman

    Category Garrett Lawley Danielle Roman
    Use of evidence: 1 1
    Delivery skill: 1.9 2.5
    Coherence of arguments: 1.2 1
    Responsiveness to opponent: 0.6 0.7
    Identification of key points: 0.2 0.3
    Comments: See RFD. Do not comment on opponent's time usage - rude and unnecessary.

    Watch filler language. "um" and "like" in a video where rehearsal is possible are a lot less acceptable.

    Identify arguments clearly. The speeches regularly ramble without clear implications for the debate.
    See RFD. Use full time.

    Watch filler language. "um" and "like" in a video where rehearsal is possible are a lot less acceptable.

    Identify arguments clearly. The speeches regularly ramble without clear implications for the debate.

    The decision is for the Proposition: Garrett Lawley

    Reason for Decision:

    This debate had a lot of potential, and fell short of meeting it. Neither side explained the relationship between their arguments and the topic, nor the relationship between their arguments and my vote. Suppose I evaluate that being a vegan is a good ethical choice. So what? How does that answer the question "Is veg better than carnivore?". Neither debater answered that question effectively.

    I conclude that the negative wins that being a vegan is the best ethical option because it harms fewer animals. I do not conclude that pertains to the debate for two reasons. First, the negative does not explain why "veganism good" is a reason to reject the topic. Counterplans do not make sense when the topic asks a normative ethical question with specific parameters for comparison (i.e. it doesn't say "how should we eat" it says "it eating veg better than eating meat". The veganism counterplan wins the debate in the former topic and loses on this one.)

    Second, absent explanation from debaters, both aff and positions suggest that I should err against hurting nonhuman animals.

    The topic is a comparison of carnivorousness and vegetarianism. Because I conclude that vegetarianism harms nonhuman animals less, I vote aff.


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