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Proposition: YooJung Lee (Unaffiliated) vs. Opposition: Zachary Zertuche (Unaffiliated)

Judge: Kurt Falk (North Star Academy)

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

  • YooJung Lee
    YooJung Lee

    Zachary Zertuche
    Zachary Zertuche
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    Posted at April 21, 2014 05:27:16AM EST by YooJung Lee



    un functions


    bottle nose not endangered

    600 dollars for dolphin

    Paul Guernsey,

    Posted at April 22, 2014 11:05:22PM EST by Zachary Zertuche



    Welfare CP:
    Robert Garner [Animals, politics, and morality. Print. Manchester University Press. 1994]

    Robert Verchick, REVIEW ESSAY: A New Species of Rights Rattling the Cage: Toward Legal Rights for Animals, California Law Review, Volume 89, 2001./zzwc

    Hasegawa, Masoa. "Who Is Inhumane? A Discussion regarding Dolphin Fishing in Taiji." The Japan Daily Press, 27 Jan. 2014. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. <>./zzwc

    Harvey, David. PhD. The New Imperialism, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, PHD, 2003. http://web.

    McNally, David. Professor of political science at York University The new imperialists Ideologies of Empire 2006. Ch 5, p. 103. Print.

    Wakatsuki, Yoko, and Madison Park. "Japan Officials Defend Dolphin Hunting at Taiji Cove." Cable News Network, 22 Jan. 2014. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. <>./zzwc

    Posted at April 23, 2014 06:38:41AM EST by YooJung Lee



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    Posted at April 24, 2014 11:05:50PM EST by Zachary Zertuche



    Quote from her evidence: (She provided me the URL for it in a message)

    O'Barry, Ric. Campaign Director for The Dolphin Project. "DANGER: DOLPHIN MEAT IS POISONED BY MERCURY." Earth Island Institute Project, no date. Web. 24 Apr. 2014. <>.

    Posted at April 25, 2014 06:06:48AM EST by YooJung Lee



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    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at April 27, 2014 07:39:30PM EST by Kurt Falk

    Category YooJung Lee Zachary Zertuche
    Use of evidence: 2.9 4
    Delivery skill: 2 2.8
    Coherence of arguments: 2.5 3.5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 2.7 4.5
    Identification of key points: 3 4
    Comments: Your constructive engaged with what I think are some of the right issues in the round: Why the UN has a responsibility, how it's an overblown issue in Japan, and the net harms of the hunt.

    I think where you started to fall through is with lack of engagement with opp. Opp's constructive had a dense case as well as refutations to much of your own case.

    You were able to rebut some fo the points but didn't focus down to key issues supported by opp. This allowed opp to run away with the round and eventually collapse on these under-addressed issues in their final speech.

    Good debating nonetheless, keep it up I think you have a good base to build upon!
    I know you asked me before about an imperialism kritik and as you can see in my scores I didn't have any issues with it.

    I actually think your construction of it was well-done and you continued to have a unified advocacy by calling out the hypocrisy of the US still allowing whaling but requiting Japan to stop.

    It was also key that you proved that mercury poisoning was not a large issue, which was a crux of prop offense.

    In future debates, I would slow down your delivery, unless your absolutely sure that your judge comes from a policy background. I think you have the ability to be eloquent and make great arguments and I think the speedy and technical style actually hurts your potential to be a compelling speaker in a universal sense.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Zachary Zertuche

    Reason for Decision:

    I think opp won in three ways:

    1) Negating the marginal harm of mercury poisoning and the net harms that you get from trying to reduce it

    2) Proving that the UN and western governments were acting in an imperialist manner and warranting how this imperialist attitude is detrimental

    3) Proving that the demonization of Japan resulting from imperialism is worse than any benefits received from saving dolphins or reducing mercury.

    I do think Prop won the point about how this was a small sector of Japan's economy, but it was not enough to win the round.

    Great debate guys, good luck for the rest of the tournament and in the rest of your debate careers!

    1 Comment

    Lee Zertuche

    Use Of Evidence 2 3

    Coherence of arguments 2.5 2.5

    Responsiveness to opp. 2.5 3.5

    Identification of key Points 3.5 4

    I agree with the Judge and would also vote for Mr. Zertuche. Ms. Lee has a decent start presenting various alternatives and addressing why the UN should be the entity that deals with the hunt. She also points out the obvious key point of mercury levels being heightened in citizens of Taiji. However, Mr. Zertuches imperialism argument, I feel, goes uncontested. Ms. Lees point about there only being one hundred and thirty fishermen, of whom only fifty kill, also works in his favor as he efficiently makes the hunt look minuscule while making the stoppage of the hunt look drastically problematic. Furthermore, Mr. Zertuche also does well by attacking the U.N.s jurisdiction, and the U.S. possible reason for attacking Japans hunt so as to profit its own hunts going on in Alaska. Ms. Lee also does indeed switch stances by going from attempting to buy sympathy towards the inhumane practices to saying that its not her main concern as she primarily wants to help humans. I think she would have benefitted with staying with the original stance and attacking Mr. Zertuche for condoning the exploitation of animals for humans. As far as evidence goes, Mr. Zertuche I think wouldve done better with providing a few less quotes and paraphrasing, because in his effort to get all his points across, he speaks quickly, and it was hard at times to differentiate between citations and the actual information. However, Ms. Lees tone was a bit monotone which did not help deliver the effects that would benefit her when shes describing how inhumane the hunting methods are. - Sohil Sharedalal on May 2, 2014 at 05:51PM EST

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