Judge: Danesh Singh (Binghamton University)
Resolution: Resolved: This house believes that being a vegetarian is a better ethical choice than meat eating.
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Posted at October 13, 2014 09:55:20PM EST by Ruchi Agashe
Posted at October 14, 2014 10:24:06PM EST by Rajesh Burela
Posted at October 16, 2014 02:55:49AM EST by Ruchi Agashe
Posted at October 17, 2014 12:18:19AM EST by Rajesh Burela
Posted at October 17, 2014 11:28:09PM EST by Ruchi Agashe
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Submitted at October 20, 2014 10:47:51PM EST by Danesh Singh
|Category||Ruchi Agashe||Rajesh Burela|
|Use of evidence:||4.5||4|
|Coherence of arguments:||4.5||4.5|
|Responsiveness to opponent:||4.5||4|
|Identification of key points:||4.5||4|
|Comments:||Please see the comments below.||Please see the comments below.|
The decision is for the Proposition: Ruchi Agashe
Reason for Decision:
I think the debate is close. Rajesh's argument about bees is persuasive. He should have emphasized wide-scale environmental/planetary collapse (rather than just the collapse of agriculture or economic collapse) more. If he had, I would have voted for him.
In the constructive, Rajesh talks about how the planet would be affected by the loss of bees, but then doesn't mention it in the rebuttal. Instead, the impact changes to argricultural and economic collape. In the activity of debate, changing one's impacts is not a good idea, especially if you change the impact to something less severe, as you did.
As it stands, Ruchi's impact of saving the lives of millions of animals and people ultimately outweighs. So, I have to vote affirmative.