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High School Debate Teams Nationwide Argue for Animal Rights

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Posted September 9, 2011 by Ryan Huling

As you may recall, peta2 really put animal rights and veganism on the national debating map with our long-running series of high-profile “Is Eating Meat Ethical?” debates, held at major universities from Princeton to Texas A&M.

Now, we’re thrilled to announce that the National Forensic League, a nonprofit organization that coordinates America’s 120,000 high school debate students, has chosen animal rights as their fall theme. Students will argue both sides of the issue, with the discussion focused on the fundamental question “does justice require the recognition of animal rights?”

The national debate organizers also contacted PETA, asking that we submit a video statement about the importance and history of animal rights, to provide some context for how students should approach this crucial issue. Here’s what we put together:

We’re confident that once students research the hideous abuses animals face when raised and killed for food, clothing, experimentation, and other industries, they’ll be able to make an ironclad case in support of their protection.

As for the unlucky students tasked with opposing animal rights? Well, good luck with that. :)

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  • 1414 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m still shaking from debating/listing reasons…

  • 1414 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I didn’t join the speech and debate team because of the writing. Minutes later, I posted reasons why animals should have rights on a friend’s (who’s on speech and debate) facebook wall. Isn’t that just messed up? I’m just interested in this topic, nothing else. Also a reason I didn’t join the team.

  • 1416 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Yes! I am a debater and actress for the NFL and I cannot wait!

  • 1416 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m taking debate for the first time this year and I can’t wait to start! Mainly because my teacher did mention we’ll be discussing animal rights. It’s about time this enters classrooms around the nation.

  • 1416 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Good video.

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    1417 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m so sad I will not get to debate this! I do Lincoln Douglas Debate with the NFL but our season doesn’t start until November which is when we get a new topic. :(

  • 1418 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Yay! I <3 Forensics. I'm so happy that they're doing this!! xD

  • 1418 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    that would be fun!

  • 1418 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    AWESOME!!! You are so well spoken, Ryan!!

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