The ethics of meat eating

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The Ethicist column at The New York Times recently held its first essay contest on why it’s ethical to eat meat.

As described by columnist Ariel Kaminer, thousands of submissions came in, which were whittled down to 29 semi-finalists, from which the judges’ panel (an esteemed but entirely male group comprising Mark Bittman, Jonathan Safran Foer, Andrew Light, Michael Pollan, and Peter Singer) selected six finalists.

Readers have until the end of the day tomorrow (April 24) to vote for the one they believe best makes the case for meat eating. I just read all the thought-provoking pieces and was glad that I did. Since they’re fairly short (600 words or less), it didn’t take long to read them all. Head here to check out the finalists’ entries yourself and cast your vote.

UPDATED 5/6/2012: The judges’ selection for winner appears in The New York Times Magazine today. You can read it online here.

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