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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Patrick Sundt (Bellevue College) vs. Opposition: Chase Hutchinson (Wood River High School)

Judge: David Kane (Binghamton University)

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

  • Patrick Sundt
    Patrick Sundt

    Chase Hutchinson
    Chase Hutchinson
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    Posted at April 21, 2014 07:39:13PM EST by Patrick Sundt



    Posted at April 23, 2014 12:05:08AM EST by Chase Hutchinson



    (My apologies in advance if the audio did not synch up correctly. It appeared to be synched when I initially recorded it, but now appears to be a bit off once I uploaded it)
    Contention 1:
    Hasegawa, Masao. "Who Is Inhumane? A Discussion regarding Dolphin Fishing in Taiji - The Japan Daily Press." The Japan Daily Press. N.p., 27 Jan. 2014. Web. <>.

    Contention 2:
    Endo, Tetsuhiko. "Taijis Dolphin Slaughter: Whos Really to Blame?" The Inertia. N.p., 29 Jan. 2014. Web. <>.

    Contention 3:
    Saemon, Hiko. "Why Should Japan Debate With "Cultural Fascists" Over Taiji When It Is Already Winning?" N.p., 25 Jan. 2014. Web. 15 Apr. 2014. <>.


    Background: There is more recent and specific evidence about how many dolphins are really killed in Taiji, Japan
    Wakatsuki, Yoko, and Madison Park. "Japan Officials Defend Dolphin Hunting at Taiji Cove." CNN. Cable News Network, 22 Jan. 2014. Web. <>.

    Harms: We cant target dolphins as the cause of mercury poisoning, as there are other animals that have mercury in them that we eat every day, like Tuna
    "Top 10 Reasons to Not Eat Tuna." People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, 27 Jan. 2011. Web. <>.

    Solvenancy: Japan wont abide by a UN resolution and will merely feign compliance, as it has done so in the past
    "Japan to Redesign Antarctic Whale Hunt after UN Court Ruling." 7News. N.p., 19 Apr. 2014. Web. <>.

    Posted at April 23, 2014 08:32:56PM EST by Patrick Sundt



    Wakatsuki, Yoko, and Madison Park. "Japan officials defend dolphin hunting at Taiji Cove." CNN. Cable News Network, 22 Jan. 2014. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. <>.

    "Minamata Disease Lesson Report." Minamata Disease Lesson Report. National Institue for Minamata Disease, n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2014. <>.

    Palmer, Mark J.. "Blog: The Japan Times Urges End Dolphin Hunts |" Save Japan Dolphins. Save Japan Dolphins, 1 Feb. 2014. Web. 23 Apr. 2014. <>.

    Posted at April 24, 2014 09:46:09AM EST by Chase Hutchinson



    Thank you to my judge and opponent for a great round.

    Posted at April 26, 2014 02:53:25PM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz



    None available for this speech.


    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at April 27, 2014 09:19:11PM EST by David Kane

    Category Patrick Sundt Chase Hutchinson
    Use of evidence: 3.2 3.5
    Delivery skill: 3.3 2.7
    Coherence of arguments: 3.6 3.9
    Responsiveness to opponent: 3.8 3.8
    Identification of key points: 4 4
    Comments: * Be clear about whether you mean mercury poisoning vs mercury exposure. You claimed the former, but seemed to be describing the later. It wasn't an issue, but I could see this being a problem.
    * Be careful with your Solomon Island example. If that was driven by the Dolphins leaving, doesn't that suggest that Dolphins are capable of leaving Taiji if they choose?
    * Watch your enunciation and your volume. There were times when your words started to blur together too much.
    * You didn't strike as hard on your opponents claim that scarcity leads to black markets as you could have. (there is certainly an black market for illegal recreation drugs, and the certainly are not scarce)

    * BTW, your opponent was a couple hours late in posting the last argument. I agreed to judge the round, because it didn't seem abusive to me, and the tournament organized agreed to allow the debate to proceed.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Chase Hutchinson

    Reason for Decision:

    There were a number of good points of clash on the debate.
    * On question of topicality, I thought the core issue raised by the opposition about these dolphin killings in the context of loss of dolphins in other contexts was reasonable grounds for the debate, although I agreed with the proposition that considering other problems in the world was not.
    * I didn't the opposition's extension of the mercury to other species was abusive, (since it was a response to the proposition bringing it up in the first place), but the proposition did manage to address it.
    * On the question of the number of Dolphins kills, I agreed with the opposition's critique of the 20,000 number. While the proposition attempted to address shortcomings in analysis, the proposition never gave sufficient evidence or argument to bridge the two orders of magnitude difference between the 100/600 numbers and 20,000 initially claimed.
    * On the question of the emergence of a black market, the opposition argument that they are driven by legality, not scarcity was the stronger one.
    * I thought the opposition's challenge to show a UN resolution like this that worked was a reasonable one. I thought the proposition's response that this was novel, and there is not historical precedent was weak.
    * On the question of which side was more respectful of Japan was not decisively carried by either side.

    The opposition carried the key arguments of the debate, and won the round.

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