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Proposition: Richard Chen (Cornell University) vs. Opposition: Reva Agashe (NEI Education)

Judge: Joe Leeson-Schatz (Binghamton University)

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

  • Richard Chen
    Richard Chen
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    Reva Agashe
    Reva Agashe
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    Posted at May 5, 2014 09:23:40PM EST by Richard Chen

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    UN members who import dolphins:

    Watson, P. (2010, September 21). Where do the Captured Taiji Dolphins Go?. In Sea Shepherd. Retrieved May 5, 2014, from http://www.seashepherd.org/commentary-and-editorials/2010/09/21/where-do-the-captured-taiji-dolphins-go-64

    Dolphins are a locally endangered species:

    Earth Island Institute. (n.d.). What species do they kill and how many? . In Save Japan Dolphins. Retrieved April 27, 2014, from http://savejapandolphins.org/take-action/frequently-asked-questions

    Hunts do not minimize suffering:

    Dawn, K. (2014, March). Is Japan's Dolphin Slaughter Really for Food?. In The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 21, 2014, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karen-dawn/is-japans-dolphin-slaughter-really-for-food_b_4656345.html.

    Dolphin Slaughter In Taiji. (2010, June 12). In Oceanic Preservation Society. Retrieved April 21, 2014, from http://www.opsociety.org/issues/dolphin-slaughter-in-taiji.

    Japan Campaign. (2013, October 23). In Dolphin Project. Retrieved April 21, 2014, from http://dolphinproject.org/take-action/frequently-asked-questions.

    Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare. (2012, September 2). In WSPA International. Retrieved April 21, 2014, from http://www.wspa-international.org/wspaswork/udaw/.

    Dolphins are essential to ecosystems:

    Cove Guardian. (n.d.). Drive Fisheries: Capture Results & Information. In Ceta Base. Retrieved April 27, 2014, from http://www.ceta-base.com/drivefisheries.html

    Dolphins World. (n.d.). How are dolphins important to the ecosystem?. Retrieved April 27, 2014, from http://www.dolphins-world.com/how-are-dolphins-important-to-the-ecosystem/

    Jellyfish Overpopulation:

    Jellyfish Overpopulation A Threat To The Oceans? Read more: http://marinesciencetoday.com/2009/06/11/jellyfish-overpopulation-a-threat-to-the-oceans/#ixzz30RBELAJ7 (2009, June 11). In Marine Science Today. Retrieved May 1, 2014, from http://marinesciencetoday.com/2009/06/11/jellyfish-overpopulation-a-threat-to-the-oceans/

    Mercury levels are harming Japanese consumers:

    Dolphin meat causing dangerous mercury levels in Japanese diners. (2010, May 9). In The Guardian. Retrieved April 21, 2014, from http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/may/09/dolphin-meat-mercury-levels-japan.

    Japan Campaign. (2013, October 23). In Dolphin Project. Retrieved April 21, 2014, from http://dolphinproject.org/take-action/frequently-asked-questions.

    O'Barry, R. (n.d.). March 2, 2011 by Ric O'Barry, Earth Island Institute Taiji Fishermen Catching Fish, Not Dolphins By Ric OBarry Campaign Director Save Japan Dolphins Earth Island Institute Our volunteer in T. In Save Japan Dolphins. Retrieved May 1, 2014, from http://savejapandolphins.org/blog/post/taiji-fishermen-catching-fish-not-dolphins

    Minamata Convention:

    Tanaka, H. (2013, October 9). Minamata disease sufferer pins hope on mercury ban treaty. In The Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved May 5, 2014, from http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/AJ201310090066

    UN action:

    Ahmed, S. (2014, March 31). U.N. court orders Japan to halt whale hunt. In CNN World. Retrieved April 23, 2014, from http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/31/world/asia/japan-whale-hunt/.

    Brasor, P. (2014, February 22). Japan takes baby steps toward a proper debate about animal rights. In The Japan Times. Retrieved April 21, 2014, from http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/02/22/national/japan-takes-baby-steps-toward-a-proper-debate-about-animal-rights/#.U1VkcPRdUS5.

    Posted at May 7, 2014 01:17:09AM EST by Reva Agashe

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    Posted at May 7, 2014 09:54:53PM EST by Richard Chen

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    Posted at May 9, 2014 02:25:56AM EST by Reva Agashe

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    Posted at May 9, 2014 06:56:44PM EST by Richard Chen

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    Submitted at May 13, 2014 11:00:32AM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

    Category Richard Chen Reva Agashe
    Use of evidence: 4.5 2
    Delivery skill: 4.5 4.5
    Coherence of arguments: 4.5 4.5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 3.6 4
    Identification of key points: 4.9 4
    Comments: Very good intro into your speech. I like your economic incentive plan plank during the definition portion of your speech. I also think you do a good job at picking out the two major reasons why the dolphin hunt should be stopped.

    I think that propositions should be responsible for actor CPs that don't use the UN. You should define key resolutional terms in ways that show how your plan is topical and not extra-topical. You need evidence and citations to answer your procedurals. You do a good job at explaining the ways your prop checks abuse and a counter-violation to weigh.

    You should have gone in on the 3 second time violation to check. Good job at pointing out that there's no right for there to be neg ground. You should more explicitly weigh education against fairness.
    Calling out the prop for being extra-topical is a good thing to do. I wouldn't spend as much time as you do in your first speech unless you really plan on going for it. You should read definitions over what "decrying" is since it could potentially be encouraging others to take action. Read evidence. Good strategy in running the CP as well. I guess you're going for it since it was 100% of your speech. I'd definitely have another off-case or at least some case arguments.

    Good job pointing out the concessions at the onset. You should have more on why actor counter-plans are good. I don't think sports analogies are good. I also think you should be citing evidence on why fairness is key to education and ground. It's standard in almost any policy framework file. You should also explain why the ground you want is good ground. Create education standards in addition to fairness.

    The decision is for the Proposition: Richard Chen

    Reason for Decision:

    Short version: I voted that the counter-plan would have not been competitive against the proposition and that the education and fairness of the debate would be preserved in spite of the extra-topical plank.

    I had a lot more to say. It's in the video. I thought this was a great procedural round on both sides but with room for improvement as well.

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