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Editorial Board. An Appetite for Ethics. The Chronicle. 23 March 2012.
For students concerned with animal welfare, some of Duke’s most loved foods may taste a little bit sweeter in coming years. Bon Appetit Management Company, which manages vendors like the Marketplace and the Great Hall, has recently committed to purchasing 25 percent of its meat and eggs from producers that treat their animals humanely and, beginning 2015, will no longer purchase eggs laid by chickens confined to battery cages or pork raised in gestation crates. Continue Reading…

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Meat-Eating Contest

Not sure if you’ve heard or not, but the New York Times announced last month a nationwide essay contest for meat-eaters,  inviting them “to make the strongest possible case for this most basic of daily practices.” Judging the contest are some pretty famous writers and intellectuals, like Peter Singer, Michael Pollan, and Jonathan Safran Foer.  While the judges are not all vegan or vegetarians, they have all – in one way or another – challenged the practice of eating meat.

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Johnson, Eric Michael. The Case for Non-Human Personhood Rights. The Huffington Post. 12 March 2012.
Americans take their rights seriously. But there is a lot of misunderstanding about what actually constitutes a ‘right.’ Religious believers are correct that they have a right to freely express their beliefs. This right is protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that prohibits Congress from making any “law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” However, as a result, devout believers feel it is a violation of their rights when intelligent design creationism is forbidden in the classroom or when prayer during school sporting events is banned. After all, shouldn’t the First Amendment prohibit the government from interfering with this basic right? Continue Reading…

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Happy Belated Easter!

Happy Belated Easter! It’s been a long time since I’ve celebrated Easter (i.e. received large baskets full of treats from my parents), so the holiday’s really not that important to me.  If anything, it’s my least favorite day of the year.

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Gorman, James. Animal Studies Cross Campus to Lecture Hall. The New York Times. 2 January 2012.
Once, animals at the university were the province of science. Rats ran through mazes in the psychology lab, cows mooed in the veterinary barns, the monkeys of neuroscience chattered in their cages. And on the dissecting tables of undergraduates, preserved frogs kept a deathly silence. Continue Reading…

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