Intelligence Squared: 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’.
Speaking for the proposition are Peter Singer, Philip Wollen and Veronica Ridge; against it, Adrian Richardson, Fiona Chambers and Bruce McGregor. Their cases are followed by questions from the floor and finally, the audience vote.
For analysis of the event – including a transcript of audience vote results – read our article covering the debate.
Peter Singer is a philosopher and author of over 25 books on ethics. He is best known for Animal Liberation, widely credited with starting the animal rights movement.
Adrian Richardson is head chef at Melbourne’s La Luna Bistro and a co-host of Ten’s Good Chef Bad Chef programme.
Veronica Ridge is an award-winning writer and editor, and co-founder of the Issimo publishing platform. She has held leading roles with major metropolitan newspapers, including senior editor of the Saturday Age and Sunday Age during 25 years at Fairfax Media.
During her time as editor of Epicure, the Age’s weekly food and wine section (2007–2010), Veronica won Best Food Journalist at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards for a series of three articles on food ethics and the future of food.
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.
Fiona Chambers is a lecturer at Marcus Oldham Agricultural College in Geelong. She holds a Diploma of Applied Science in agriculture, specialising in animal health, nutrition and genetics and is undertaking a Master of Animal Breeding Management at Sydney University.
Philip was vice president of Citibank, specialising in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions.