Did they ever pick a stinker. The winning essay begins:
As a vegetarian who returned to meat-eating…
Then comes about 550 words of blather, culminating with this infuriating conclusion:
For me, eating meat is ethical when one does three things. First, you accept the biological reality that death begets life on this planet and that all life (including us!) is really just solar energy temporarily stored in an impermanent form. Second, you combine this realization with that cherished human trait of compassion and choose ethically raised food, vegetable, grain and/or meat. And third, you give thanks.
Sure, just go ahead and eat animals, so long as you give thanks. After all, animals are merely “solar energy temporarily stored in an impermanent form.”
Maybe in the long view it’s good that such a pathetic essay won. If a panel of experts thinks that, out of thousands of entrants, this essay represented the best defense of meat eating submitted, then the case for vegetarianism and veganism is resounding. Link.