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The Oxford Union Made History by Publicly Supporting Veganism: The Vegan Team Wins the debate

In a pivotal moment last week, the esteemed Oxford Union, boasting a 200-year legacy, embraced veganism, reflecting a significant shift in mindset. The majority of members rallied behind the motion, "This House Would Go Vegan," marking a triumph for ethical and sustainable living.

The Oxford Union's Bold Stance

Renowned for its tradition and intellectual prowess, the Oxford Union made history by publicly supporting veganism. This groundbreaking decision not only holds historical significance but also symbolizes a collective move toward ethical and sustainable lifestyles. With 112 members boldly declaring, "This House Would Go Vegan," the union sparked hope for a compassionate future.

*The Oxford Union, founded in 1823, is a renowned debating society that hosts influential figures from politics, academia, and popular culture. Established during a time of restricted discussions at The University of Oxford, it remains dedicated to free speech, fostering diverse debates on a wide array of ideas and opinions.

Joey Carbstrong's Ethical Advocacy

Joey Carbstrong, a force to be reckoned with, passionately presented the ethical case for veganism at the Oxford Union. His eloquence and conviction echoed, emphasizing the urgency of dismantling "speciesism" and exposing the societal impact of animal exploitation. The animal rights activist made a few controversial claims during his speech, such as referring to meat eating as the “greatest atrocity in human history”, and called it the “new Holocaust”.

The ex-gang member and defender of animal rights stated in his social media post: "The debate will be uploaded soon, and I will notify you all once it’s available online." - And we can't wait!

“This House would go Vegan”

Following numerous embarrassing and futile arguments against veganism, the motion secured a victory with 112 votes in favor and 84 in opposition.

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I found deep inspiration in Joey Carbstrong's enduring advocacy for animals over the years. Witnessing his impactful actions ignited a fire within me to contribute in my own creative way. I decided to create a wearable mark of what we stand for: 

"Animals don't have a voice, so you'll never stop hearing mine." 

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This is the essence of our shared commitment to be the voices for the voiceless. I invite you to support this cause by wearing the shirt, available for purchase here! Together, let's make a statement and stand united for the animals.

Juicy Details: Controversy and Counterarguments

Disha Hegde, the current Union President presiding over her final debate in this role, initiated the discussion on the proposition. Encouraging the audience to approach the debate with an open mind, she underscored the significance of viewing going vegan as a "transition process" where "small steps" hold considerable importance.

The debate stirred controversy with the inclusion of polarizing figure Katie Hopkins, sparking dissent with provocative statements. Hopkins had previously made public comments on the topic on her social media accounts, see example here. She voiced strong disapproval toward vegans, condemning what she perceived as their "barbarity, cruelty, and hatred." amongst other things, while also describing them as a collection of "miserable little friends who are all short." She proudly declared her practice of consuming an entire cow, from head to tail, on a daily basis. Katie also stated that vegans lie and hate themselves. Employing the "survival of the fittest" argument, Hopkins asserted that vegans possessed lower testosterone levels and sperm counts, insinuating that adopting a vegan lifestyle would jeopardize the biological future of the community. She concluded her remarks by sharing her personal experience of having an unpleasant evening. 

In the dynamic exchange of ideas, Dr. Chidi Ngwaba highlighted the health benefits of veganism, aligning dietary choices with overall well-being. Simultaneously, Dr. Sailesh Rao underscored the environmental consequences of animal agriculture, and arguing that going vegan would help reverse climate change. Rural geographer Dr. David Rose, head of the "Change in Agriculture" research group, introduced counterarguments challenging prevailing notions about the environmental impact of animal agriculture, as well as commenting on still being hungry after the vegan dinner he was served before the debate - the joke was met with no reaction from the audience. Rose even utilized props during his presentation, showcasing a cow milk bottle alongside an almond drink carton. Through a nutritional comparison, he determined that cow milk exhibited superior overall nutritional value compared to the almond drink.

Beyond the Debate: A Flourishing Vegan Movement

The Oxford Union debate is only a chapter in a broader narrative, emphasizing the increasing awareness of the ethical, health, and environmental benefits of veganism. Initiatives like Plant-Based Universities and successful student votes at various institutions, along with commitments from entities like Oxfordshire County Council, underscore the growing global resonance of the vegan movement.

The resounding echoes of the Oxford Union debate signal a transformative moment for veganism. Joey Carbstrong's ethical advocacy, the clash of diverse ideas, and the broader global perspectives unveiled at the debate mark a paradigm shift towards a more compassionate and sustainable world.




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