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Great Debate On Should Animals Be Off the Menu?

Animals Should Be Off the Menu

Intelligence Squared’s 2012 series of debates kicks off with a look at the ethics of eating meat. Six speakers are divided into two teams for lively and insightful arguments for and against the proposition, ‘Animals Should Be Off the Menu’.

Debate: Intelligence Squared: Animals Should Be Off the Menu… click here

Speaking for the proposition are:

Philip Wollen

Animals must be off the menu because tonight they are screaming in terror in slaughterhouses,’ he began, going on to detail what he witnessed when he visited slaughterhouses in his former life; an experience that changed him forever…read more

Timeline: 29:00 – 38:20

Veronica Ridge

The Age’s Life&Style editor (and former Epicure editor) Veronica Ridge spoke like a true foodie; arguing that taking animals off the menu doesn’t mean saying goodbye to inventive, delicious meals…read more

Timeline: 48:20 – 57:30

Peter Singer

‘We can live a healthy life with animals off the menu,’ he said, citing the long and healthy lives of lifelong vegetarians – and of second or third generation vegetarians – to prove his point. “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” …read more

Timeline 10:00 – 19:30

The Age’s Life&Style editor (and former Epicure editor) Veronica Ridge spoke like a true foodie; arguing that taking animals off the menu doesn’t mean saying goodbye to inventive, delicious meals.

‘There has been a revolution in vegetarian and vegan cooking in the last decade,’ she said, before going on to describe some of those meals in salacious detail. Refrains of ‘you’re making me hungry’ briefly filled the active Twitter feed (#iq2oz).

Like Singer, Ridge concluded that ‘there is no such thing as humane slaughter’.

Credits: Intelligence Squared: Should Animals Be Off the Menu?

Speaking for the against are:

Adrian Richardson

57:37 – 1:05:45

Adrian Richardson is head chef at Melbourne’s La Luna Bistro and a co-host of Ten’s Good Chef Bad Chef programme…read more

Fiona Chambers

Timeline 19:50 – 28:25

Fiona Chambers is a lecturer at Marcus Oldham Agricultural College in Geelong. She holds a Diploma of Applied Science in agriculture, specializing in animal health, nutrition and genetics and is undertaking a Master of Animal Breeding Management at Sydney University… read more

Bruce McGregor

Bruce McGregor is an animal scientist with international standing in his fields of animal production science. His voluntary community environmental work has been acknowledged with a Centenary of Federation Medal. read more…

Timeline: 38:45 – 48:00

Full Debate – Animals Should Be Off The Menu; The St James Ethics & Wheeler Centre

Their cases are followed by questions from the floor and finally, the audience vote.

Best rebuttable

1:18:33

1:26:47

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