The Town Hall Hornton Street
London, England W87NX


Steak and kidney pie. The Sunday roast. Mmm, delicious. In fact more than delicious, part of our way of life. Part of our common humanity, too, since eating meat is probably what allowed our brains to grow big enough to become fully human in the first place. So how could anyone be persuaded to give up eating it? Easy, say the vegetarians. Go to an abattoir. Listen to the shrieks, look at the fear in the eyes of the cow. Then go to a supermarket and look at the results of that bloodfest all neatly packaged up to disguise the cruelty and suffering that preceded the shrink wrap. No one with a streak of compassion, no one who calls themselves human could then stretch out their hand, plonk the slaughter in their shopping basket and feel they were doing right. Or could they? Come to the debate and find out.

Speakers include:

For the motion:
Heather Mills - Campaigner and fundraiser for animal rights and other charitable causes.

Peter Singer - Live via video link. Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and author of the 1975 book Animal Liberation.

Abbas Daneshvari - Professor of Art History, California State University.

Against the motion:
Julian Baggini - Philosopher whose books include The Pig that Wants to be Eaten: 100 Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher.

Robin Dunbar - Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Oxford University and author of The Human Story and How Many Friends Does One Person Need?

Paul Levy - Food writer, broadcaster and editor of The Penguin Book of Food and Drink.

Sir Simon Jenkins - Author, columnist on the Guardian and Evening Standard, and chairman of the National Trust.

Doors open at 6:00 pm. The debate starts at 6:45 pm and finishes at 8:30 pm

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Added by intelligence.squared on July 16, 2010