the ethics of eating meat

The New York Times issued a call a few weeks ago for essays making an ethical case for eating meat. I couldn’t think of a single ethical justification myself, so I’ve looked forward to the results. Out of thousands of submissions, the panel of judges (including Michael Pollan, Peter Singer, and others) selected six finalists—all brief, engaging, and worth a read. The winner will be selected by reader votes, and if you do vote, you can see where the entries stand among the readers so far.

[Spoiler alert.] For the sake of good survey methodology, I hope that they are varying the order in which the submissions appear when readers visit the site. The results show the first entry (“I’m about to eat meat…”) far ahead in votes, which could be due to readers only reading for and voting among the first few entries. But surely the Times knows better.

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