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Round 1. wormwood13 vs Airspoon: Cook Wanted (Must Love Dogs).

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posted on Oct, 27 2010 @ 02:54 AM
The topic for this debate is "Eating the meat of animal species which are commonly kept as pets is unacceptable.”

wormwood13 will be arguing the "Pro" position and begin the debate.
Airspoon will be arguing the "Con" position.

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posted on Oct, 28 2010 @ 10:29 PM
First things first. I would like to thank Vegas Bail Bonds for setting this up, and for giving us a topic that has such wonderful pictures! They will haunt me forever. Semper-Fudge too, you get an 'A' for effort. Of course, all the future judges, may you render as impartially as possible. The fighters, the others, and especially the readers. Your all right in my book. Airspoon your posts have been good things and it is my pleasure to debate you.

"So let's turn on the juice and see what shakes loose!" Beetlejuice

Our topic, "Eating the meat of animals commonly used for pets is unacceptable."
I will handle the pro side.

I will take it that dogs and cats would be the most commonly used for pets, and that that is where this is going so I will focus on them If my esteemed opponent wants to get into gerbils and goldfish then we can do that too.

In this debate I will talk of the history of the domestic dog and cat. How and why they were bred and domesticated and what particular traits were favored in their artificial selection.

I will of course speak of zoonotic diseases and other health concerns associated with the consumption and slaughtering of these carnivores, such as rabies, and toxoplasmosis.

Milling. Yeah, its not pretty, and I will refrain from posting pictures and videos for this reason, however if eating these animals is acceptable then these farms are an inevitability.

The intelligence levels of these companion animals will also be called into question. They don't call dogs man's best friend for no reason. Their ability to feel complex emotions and even to save the very lives of their human counterparts will also impact this discussion. The mutual benefit system that has bound them to us, or vice-versa has nothing to do with eating them.

Good ole tradition might also take the stage so we will touch upon that as well. Now look, while some mornings the neighbors dog barks so loud that I wouldn't mind eating him/her, that act would be unacceptable to most people. If you don't think so try ordering a pizza with dog meat and see what they tell you.

Sure, you can eat anything that has meat, and cats and dogs are a cheap easy source, but the ethical issues involved with devouring a species that we've spent so long making as intelligent as possible. They hunt, they heard they are fiercly loyal, they kill rodents, which helps prevent the spread of disease. It is just plain unacceptable for us to turn around and slaughter them for food..

Is eating it unacceptable? No ma'am/sir!

Remember if they had eaten Lassie then Timmy would have died in that well....

Airspoon its on you.
"Make my millenium!" Beetlejuice.

posted on Oct, 30 2010 @ 02:38 AM
First, I would like to thank the moderators and ATS for setting up this debate tournament and giving wormwood13 and I such an interesting topic to chew on. Then, I would like to thank the wonderful member wormwood13 for being my first debate opponent and the judges who will ultimately decide our fate.

The topic, "Eating the meat of animals commonly used for pets is unacceptable", is an interesting one to say the least and I look forward to getting to the bottom of just how right or wrong the subject matter really is.

With our subject, "Eating the meat of animals commonly used for pets is unacceptable", I will be arguing the con side or why it should be acceptable to eat the meat of these animals.

It's important to note that my goal is not to argue the acceptability of eating our beloved "Fido" or "Lilly", but rather the species is general. I will not be arguing the better points of eating your own pets, only the meat of animals that are most commonly kept as pets. There is a huge difference here and I plan on distinguishing that difference.

In this debate, I will talk about different cultures and their customs or taboos of eating certain animals commonly kept as pets and any health benefits derived from that practice. I will also talk about the hunger problem and food shortages that the human population of this planet faces, along with the overpopulation of certain animal species that are commonly kept as pets. I plan on talking about the euthanasia programs of these animals, where the flesh and meat sadly goes to waste.

Regardless of how much we love our pets or benefit from their companionship, they are still animals who lack the ability to think in an abstract manner and we are still carnivores who benefit from eating their flesh. I can't think of one valid reason that the meat of euthanized animals couldn't or shouldn't be used to combat the hunger problem that much of the world faces.

As far as the issue of "mills" or "milling" the animals for food, we already have that problem with these animals for pets, so that would be nothing new. In fact, it could be argued that animals "milled" for food are treated much better than animals "milled" for pets. Not only that, but these animals don't have to necessarily be raised for food, rather the animals that are already being euthanized, due to over-population problems, can be turned into food to turn back the tide of world hunger.

Again, I look forward to chewing on this topic and hopefully putting to bed the social stigma that is causing a lot of good meat to be wasted, meat that could otherwise be combating the severe hunger problem and food shortages in many corners of the world.

Wormwood13, it's a pleasure debating with you and I look forward to mulling over your points of why you think I may be wrong.


posted on Nov, 3 2010 @ 12:24 AM

Originally posted by The Vagabond
I have had questions about what to do if ones opponent does not post for an exceedingly long time, or longer than may have been agreed upon. My advice is that in order to keep the tournament moving, debaters should consider posting and causing their opponent to forfeit a post. If you do not wish to obtain an advantage, you may post that you are forfeiting your post along with them and that the floor is again theirs. At that point they have another 24 hours (or as long after 24 hours as you refrain from posting- you would be able to end the debate in your favor whenever necessary with another post at that point.)

I am forfeiting this post to not only to allow my opponent a chance to come back on an even playing field, but also to keep the debate rolling. I do not wish to take advantage of a technicality. Wormwood13, I'm passing the Conch shell back to you. Good luck.


posted on Nov, 4 2010 @ 05:53 PM
Unfortunately, my opponent was unable to continue with the debate. Hopefully, wormwood13 will be spared the "pollice verso" so that we may meet at a future date and the stench of combat will grace our nostrils once more.

On another note, I sure hope he is okay and whatever has stolen his attention is for the better, as opposed to the worse.


posted on Nov, 4 2010 @ 06:58 PM
My apologies, most sincere. There has been simpily too many things going on. I'm having another kid! So again good luck to you airspoon and again my apologies to those who set this up. It won't happen again.
Don't eat dogs though. your pal ww13.

posted on Nov, 5 2010 @ 02:26 PM
Airspoon has won by default and will advance to round 2.

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