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Proposition: Mary Kathryn Howard (Tiftarea Academy) vs. Opposition: Richard Chen (Cornell University)

Judge: Shree Awsare (James Madison University)

Resolution: RESOLVED: The United Nations should adopt a resolution decrying or demanding an end to the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan.

  • Mary Kathryn Howard
    Mary Kathryn Howard
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    Richard Chen
    Richard Chen
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    Posted at April 28, 2014 10:17:58PM EST by Mary Kathryn Howard

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    http://www.un.org/en/sc/documents/resolutions/index.shtml
    http://arkitecturadellenguaje.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/mirror-neurons-and-the-evolution-of-brain-and-language-advances-in-consciousness-research-by-maksim-i-stamenov.pdf
    http://www.apa.org/monitor/oct04/smarter.html
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/mid_/6669469.stm
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1439-0310.1997.tb00160.x/abstract
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/4750471.stm
    http://www.livescience.com/4272-elephant-awareness-mirrors-humans.html
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wayne-pacelle/japans-shameful-butchery_b_4646890.html
    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23380-new-japanese-method-for-killing-dolphins-is-inhumane.html#.U1XVPfldX4U
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ambassador-muhamed-sacirbey/is-animal-rights-the-next_b_4568717.html

    Posted at April 30, 2014 01:04:38AM EST by Richard Chen

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    No distinction from livestock:

    Pigs in a Blanket. (2014, July 27). In National Geographic. Retrieved April 22, 2014, from http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/episodes/pigs-in-a-blanket/.

    Negotiating standards:

    Dozens of dolphins killed in Japanese hunt. (2014, January 24). In Australia Network News. Retrieved April 30, 2014, from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-22/an-japan-dolphin-hunt-done-in-a-22humane-way223a-official/5211914

    Cultural tradition:

    Walsh, B. (2010, August 23). Oceans: Defending Dolphin Killing. In TIME. Retrieved April 22, 2014, from http://science.time.com/2010/08/23/oceans-defending-dolphin-killing/.

    McNeill, D. (2011, September 6). Taiji: Japan's Dolphin Cull and the Clash of Cultures. In The Asia-Pacific Journal. Retrieved April 22, 2014, from http://www.japanfocus.org/-David-McNeill/2306.

    Hofilena, J. (2014, January 28). Japans PM Abe defends Taiji dolphin hunt, cites culture and tradition. In Japan Daily Press. Retrieved April 22, 2014, from http://japandailypress.com/japans-pm-abe-defends-taiji-dolphin-hunt-cites-culture-and-tradition-2843160/.

    Defend dolphins, not a tradition. (2014, February 1). In The Japan Times. Retrieved April 22, 2014, from http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2014/02/01/editorials/defend-dolphins-not-a-tradition/#.U1Z4eBbba9Y.

    Seal hunts example:
    Seal Hunt. (n.d.). In Liberal Senate Forum. Retrieved April 30, 2014, from http://www.liberalsenateforum.ca/Issues/seal-hunt

    Human rights > animal rights:

    Hasegawa, M. (2014, January 27). Who is inhumane? A discussion regarding dolphin fishing in Taiji. In Japan Daily Press. Retrieved April 30, 2014, from http://japandailypress.com/who-is-inhumane-a-discussion-regarding-dolphin-fishing-in-taiji-2743059/

    Failure of UN to stop hunts:

    Wakatsuki, Y., & Brown, S. (2014, April 24). Japanese whaling fleet set to sail despite recent ruling. In CNN World. Retrieved April 30, 2014, from http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/24/world/asia/japan-whaling/

    Ito, S. (2014, April 26). Japan launches first whale hunt since ICJ ban. In The Japan Times. Retrieved April 30, 2014, from http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/04/26/national/japan-kicks-off-first-whale-hunt-since-icj-ruling/#.U2BuvPRdW3Q

    Posted at May 1, 2014 12:01:55AM EST by Mary Kathryn Howard

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    Posted at May 1, 2014 09:42:31PM EST by Richard Chen

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    Posted at May 3, 2014 12:15:36AM EST by Mary Kathryn Howard

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    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet

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    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at May 4, 2014 04:45:00PM EST by Shree Awsare

    Category Mary Kathryn Howard Richard Chen
    Use of evidence: 3.1 4.5
    Delivery skill: 3.8 3.8
    Coherence of arguments: 4 4.3
    Responsiveness to opponent: 3.9 4.7
    Identification of key points: 4.1 4.5
    Comments: You need to answer their framing arguments that what's most important is practicality (since the resolution is written as a policy statement). I think you need to suggest that ethics trumps these questions of practicality, and even if the UN's demand itself is unsuccessful, the ethics intrinsic to countering anthropocentrism is important in its own right. I think you should have a more robust defense of humanism. Humanism would certainly be able to check slavery and Nazism (because it reinvests value in the human & human beings cannot be divested of dignity simply because they are different). I think you should have offense explaining why anthropocentrism (or at least limited variants) might be acceptable-- these arguments are elaborated pretty late in the debate ("humans must sacrifice animals for tools, etc") but more concrete examples like medicine and food can be made earlier.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Richard Chen

    Reason for Decision:

    The negative team is granted their framework for the debate that I should consider the resolution through the lens of practicality. Ultimately, I find that any UN demand on whaling will be ignored by Japan, and the negative explicitly carries through this argument through the constructive and the rebuttal, using evidence about how Japan continued whaling anyway in March. Although the proposition closing has decent arguments in response, I thought this point was undercovered in the rebuttal and there was not sufficient evidence proving that the UN would solve anything.


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