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Proposition: Candace Hamilton (San Diego Christian College) vs. Opposition: Alfred Molier (Binghamton University)

Judge: Josh Cangelosi (San Diego Christian College)

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

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    Candace Hamilton

    Alfred Molier
    Alfred Molier
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    Posted at October 7, 2014 01:15:40AM EST by Candace Hamilton



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    Posted at October 8, 2014 02:29:49AM EST by Alfred Molier



    - Information from Green Peace about Factory and Family Farms:

    - Information from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations about lowering environmental impact of meat-eating:

    - Quote from Dr. Jacka:

    - Information from Dr. Mercola's article, "Red Meat Can Be Part of a Healthful Diet.":

    Posted at October 8, 2014 10:33:13PM EST by Candace Hamilton



    None available for this speech.

    Posted at October 10, 2014 02:45:38AM EST by Alfred Molier



    - Information from The Certified Human Program:

    -Information from WWF:

    - Information from American Heart Association:

    Posted at October 10, 2014 09:19:08PM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz



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    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at October 11, 2014 03:51:18AM EST by Josh Cangelosi

    Category Candace Hamilton Alfred Molier
    Use of evidence: 5.5 5.7
    Delivery skill: 5.5 5.7
    Coherence of arguments: 6 5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 6 6
    Identification of key points: 6 4
    Comments: Great clash, and great speaking! Great clash, and great speaking!

    The decision is for the Proposition: Candace Hamilton

    Reason for Decision:

    Good clean debate.

    Opp does a great job, but the problem is that all his argumentation is purely defensive. That is, the Opp provides no arguments as to why meat eating is a good thing and vegetarianism is a bad thing. The Opp just argues that family farming can help solve some of the problems of factory meat farms. But I have to decide the round on whether being a vegetarian is in the better interest of animals and humans. And if family farming simply mitigates the harms to the environment, hunger, and health that vegetarianism solves completelyand there are no reasons why vegetarianism harms people or animalsthen being a vegetarian is the better ethical choice (i.e., is in the best interest of animals and humans).

    Specifically, family farming might help reduce farm animal methane emissions, but ending meat eating reduces such emissions even more. Moreover, Opp drops stat that 90% of deforestation results from clearing the way for cattle. And family farming, with its emphasis on providing even more land to animals for grazing, would seem to exacerbate that problem. Also, Opp drops part of the world hunger contention, which states that the same amount of land can produce more crops than meat and thus help feed more people who suffer from starvation. And finally, Prop gets the last word on heart disease being caused primarily by consumption of animals.

    Also, Candace provides good reason to believe that family farming will not be able to solve the problems of factory farming as well as Prop suggests, given the problem of enforcement. Candace effectively argues that abuse of animals takes place even with laws on the books and agencies in place to stop cruelty, so there is some reason to believe that such animal cruelty could even take place on family farms.

    So in the end, with no offense provided as to why being vegetarianism would harm people or animals, and every reason to believe that vegetarianism will help people and animals more than family farming, being a vegetarianism is the more ethical choice in terms of the Props definition of ethical.

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