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Debate - Animals should be off the menu - features Peter Singer

This has a duration of 55 minutes and was a debate in Melbourne.  I'm not sure how long it will be available on the ABC website but here is the link.

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Comment by sharon tupper on April 15, 2012 at 19:13

i was fortunate to hear phillip wollen speak at world vegan day in melbourne last year - such a passionate orator... kindness house is worth checking out... actually named winsome constance kindness house for his mother and grandmother...

Comment by Carolyn Bailey on April 15, 2012 at 16:48

I've posted it here, in ARZone as well:

Comment by Kerry Baker on April 15, 2012 at 16:35

Thanks Carolyn.  Phillip Wollen has a building in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, called Kindness House.  It serves as offices for organisations like Sea Shepherd and Wildlife Victoria (who I do volunteer wildlife rescue for).  A very inspiring place and I wish there were more people like him.  He provides resources all over the world for people to do good things.

Comment by Carolyn Bailey on April 15, 2012 at 16:28

That link worked, thanks, Kerry! 

Philip Wollen was part of the debate too, he's a wonderful and very interesting man. I would encourage everyone to take a look at this. Thanks for posting it, Kerry! 

Animals Should Be Off the Menu – this was the central proposition at this IQ2 debate at The Wheeler Centre – a passionate debate about the ethics of eating flesh.

FOR the proposition is philosopher and vegetarian Peter Singer. He’s also the man credited with starting the animal rights movement. He has a lot of vocal supporters in the hall!

The hecklers reserve their ire for Adrian Richardson, head chef at La Luna restaurant in Melbourne who declares he loves meat and will eat anything with a pulse!

The two other members of Singer’s team are Philip Wollen, former vice president of Citibank and founder of the Kindness Trust and Veronica Ridge, Life and Style editor from The Age.

Wollen is highly emotional in his argument, declaring that we murder animals at our peril and ...’ If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we wouldn’t be having this debate tonight”.

On Adrian Richardson’s team is Fiona Chambers, an organic farmer from Daylesford who farms organic pigs. Her argument is that animals are a vital link in global ecology and that breeding rare animals for consumption is a way of preventing them from becoming extinct. Animal scientist Bruce McGregor is the third member of their team.

In every IQ2 debate the audience are polled before and after. Pre debate, those FOR the proposition registered 65%. Pre debate, AGAINST registered 22.5%. Post debate, FOR the proposition – 71.6%. Post debate, AGAINST 19.5%

It was a resounding win FOR the proposition that Animals Should Be Off the Menu


Comment by Kerry Baker on April 15, 2012 at 14:54

I hope this works

If not, go to the ABC iview site, select all programs and click on Big Ideas.  The full program including Q&A from the audience is around 1hr 50mins.

If you still can't get it let me know and I'll try to get the ABC site that you can do the search.


Comment by Carolyn Bailey on April 15, 2012 at 14:04

Kerry, do you have a direct link? I clicked and couldn't find it, and searched for Peter Singer with no results. 



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