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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Garrett Masada (CSU-Fullerton) vs. Opposition: Maxwell Mihalic (Wood River High School)

Judge: Peter Fountain (Binghamton University)

Resolution: RESOLVED: The United States Federal Government should ban all testing that requires the use of animals.

  • Garrett Masada
    Garrett Masada
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    Maxwell Mihalic
    Maxwell Mihalic
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    Posted at N/A by Garrett Masada

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    Lankford, Ronnie D. 2009, Animal Experimentation, "Animal Experimentation Hampers Medical Research."

    Thompson, Tamara. 2012, The Ethics of Medical Testing, "Using Animals for Medical Testing Is Unethical and Unnecessary."

    9 April, 2013, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, "Cruel beauty."

    Feder, Barnaby J. September 2013, New York Times, "Saving the animals: new ways to test products."

    Posted at N/A by Maxwell Mihalic

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    Simon Festing [Executive Director of the Research Defense Society, London] and Robin
    Wilkinson [Science Communications Officer at the Research Defense Society, London], The
    ethics of animal research. Talking Point on the use of animals in scientific research, EMBO
    Reports, Volume 8(6), pp. 526-530. URL=
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2002542/.


    Jack H. Botting [former scientific adviser to the Research Defense Society in London] and Adrian
    R. Morrison [Director of the Laboratory for Study of the Brain in Sleep at the University of
    Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine], Animal Research is Vital to Medicine, Scientific
    American, February 1997, pp. 83-85.

    Posted at N/A by Garrett Masada

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    PETA. (2013). Alternatives to Animal Testing. Retrieved from http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/alternatives-to-animal-testing.aspx

    Lankford, Ronnie D. 2009, Animal Experimentation, "Animal Experimentation Hampers Medical Research."

    Posted at N/A by Maxwell Mihalic

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    Design and Application of Microfluidic Systems for In Vitro Pharmacokinetic Evaluation of Drug Candidates
    T.J. Maguire1
    , E. Novik1
    , P. Chao1
    , J. Barminko2
    , Y. Nahmias3,4, M.L. Yarmush2,3 andK.-C. Cheng5,*
    1
    Hurel Corporation, Beverley Hills, CA, USA; 2
    Department of Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, USA;
    3
    Center for Engineering and Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Shriners Burns Hospital,
    Boston, MA, USA; 4
    The Selim and Rachel Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
    Jerusalem, Israel; 5
    Merck Sharp & Dohme Co., Kenilworth, NJ, USA

    As well as Previous Speech Citations.

    Posted at N/A by Garrett Masada

    Citations

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    PETA. (2013). Alternatives to Animal Testing. Retrieved from http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/alternatives-to-animal-testing.aspx


    Lankford, Ronnie D. 2009, Animal Experimentation, "Animal Experimentation Hampers Medical Research."

    Status

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    Submitted at N/A by Peter Fountain

    Category Garrett Masada Maxwell Mihalic
    Use of evidence: 2.5 2.5
    Delivery skill: 3.5 2.8
    Coherence of arguments: 2.3 2.7
    Responsiveness to opponent: 2.5 2.5
    Identification of key points: 3 3
    Comments: You dont need the set up to say that there are conflicting views on animal testing just start with your argument.

    What if the judge doesnt have a pet? Your impact arguments should appeal to the greatest possible audience.

    The number of substances withdrawn is not the strongest way to explain that animal testing is not effective.

    Your argument appears to only apply to animals kept as pets

    You have a good thing going with the animal testing provides inaccurate information, but you need to impact why that is important with something stronger than this causes a major issue. Instead of following that up with saying that animals are not like humans, you might say that animal testing is likely to put dangerous products on the market.

    Slow down. Do not use policy debate language.

    I think your argument as stated would justify testing on humans. You should make the claim that animals are less important than humans explicit.

    Offense. Instead of saying that in vitro isnt very useful, say its less than useful it is so bad that animal testing is necessary.

    My Favorite Part of the Debate
    If we were to say that the only way to cut an apple is to use a knife, well thats not true you can use your finger.

    Animal testing will always be there is tautological.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Maxwell Mihalic

    Reason for Decision:

    This debate was very close, and I think a lot of that was because you two did not provide much depth or comparison on the arguments you were making.

    My understanding is that the proposition is advancing two arguments: in vitro testing is more effective than animal testing, and that scientists could come torture and/or murder your pet absent passage of the resolution. I voted for the opposition because I do not think either of you two provide any credible analysis of whether animal testing or in vitro testing are more effective. I believe that there is very little risk that absent a ban on animal testing my pets would be tortured. Maybe animal testing is justified because it helps save other animals, I really dont know.

    I think that the argument animal testing is wrong because torture and murder are wrong, even when perpetrated against non-humans is compelling. That argument is worth making in future debates.


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