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Humanity should be vegan
After 87 people attended the Big EU Debate, the 26th Big Debate will munch into the increasingly popular and meaty topic, veganism. Big Debate motion: Humanity should be vegan Are you For the motion? Against the motion? Undecided? “Stop being a vegan and start enjoying what you eat.” Jamie Oliver. Veganism is a new topic that has gained a lot of increased support and debate over the recent years. What exactly do vegans stand for and how are they different from vegetarians? Wikipedia describes veganism as “the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals.” It goes on to explain that whilst vegans don't eat meat they also don't eat eggs and dairy products whose production involves animals. Should we all be vegan? The For side may make the argument that killing and causing animals harm for our taste buds is morally wrong. This side may also claim that meat consumption is damaging the environment and so humans should protect the planet and stop eating meat. They may also cite recent research that claims the vegan diet is actually more healthy for humans, so could conclude that harming animals and damaging the environment is not worth it especially if we can eat healthily without meat. The Against side may claim that meat has always been part of the human and many animal diets and that this is simply healthy evolution. They may claim that humans are different to animals and therefore different moral standards apply and killing/harming animals for our benefit is acceptable. This side may also point to food like hamburgers, fried eggs and chicken being very tasty for many humans. The camel will serve the Big Debates special (beer and burger + drink). Non-meat food options also available. 30RMB pre-paid price. 40RMB at the door. Payment methods: Liam's wechat wallet add: liam-mcmanus, Liam's Alipay:[masked]. Some thought provoking links: For the motion: Against the motion: Debate format: Each Debate will have 4 Front Line Debaters, 2 For the motion, 2 Against the motion. *All front-line debaters need to contact Liam McManus as soon as possible to be considered as a Front-line debater. Contact Liam via Wechat@liam-mcmanus. Initial Vote: All debaters/audience members will cast their vote for the motion, against the motion or undecided. Opening Statements: Front-line debaters will be each be given 4 minutes of uninterrupted argument presentation time. Rebuttal: The floor will be opened to the Front-line debaters to respond to each others opening statements. Full Scale Debate: The audience join in with questions, comments and challenges for the Front-liners. The Moderater will facilitate full scale all out debate through a variety of key battle areas. Closing Statements: One Front-line debater and one audience members for each side will each have 2 minutes uninterrupted closing statements. Final Vote: All debaters will cast their vote for, against or undecided. The side that changed the most minds from the initial vote shall win. *No criticism of the our host nation is permitted. Our Facebook page will live stream this event if you can't make it and also host future Big Online Debates: Big Debates Facebook page ( ) Check out the highlights from our past debates on our Big Debates Youtube Channel:

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Respond by: 9/26/2018

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