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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Bridget Kernan (Wood River High School) vs. Opposition: Bianca Larsen (Powell High School)

Judge: A. Marie Houser (Unaffiliated)

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

  • Bridget  Kernan
    Bridget Kernan

    Bianca Larsen
    Bianca Larsen
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    Posted at May 5, 2014 10:10:38AM EST by Bridget Kernan



    "Are Dolphins People, Too?" The Week. N.p., 5 Jan. 2010. Web. 14 Apr. 2014. <>.

    "DOLPHINS ARE NOT FOOD." Blue Voice. Harvard School of Medical Health, n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014. <>.

    Posted at May 7, 2014 01:30:59AM EST by Bianca Larsen



    UN Charter --

    No UN documents on animals --

    Law of the Sea --

    Duckler --

    Negative impacts of animal rights --

    Anthes --

    Gregg quote --

    Dolphin Kill totals --

    Taiji study --

    Faroe, Solomon and Peru -- /

    Posted at May 7, 2014 06:17:13PM EST by Bridget Kernan



    Posted at May 9, 2014 01:25:17AM EST by Bianca Larsen



    UN Charter --

    Convention of the Sea --

    Manger --

    Posted at May 9, 2014 01:29:23PM EST by Bridget Kernan



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    Submitted at May 12, 2014 10:36:18PM EST by A. Marie Houser

    Category Bridget Kernan Bianca Larsen
    Use of evidence: 3 3
    Delivery skill: 2.7 3
    Coherence of arguments: 3 3.5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 3 3.5
    Identification of key points: 3.5 3.5
    Comments: Hi Bridget, you were clear and articulate in your proposition constructive, which I appreciated. But you had room for improvement in developing the arguments for each contention, particularly contention number 3. Your rebuttal and closing could have been opportunities to recover some of that ground while also meeting your opponent's objections. You could have made effective use of those opportunities by arguing that the UN does in fact have the authority to intercede on issues of conversation by citing particular aspects of the Law of the Seas. I did appreciate that you used other arguments to make an international case, however. Please consider slowing down a bit and reducing your points so as to develop each more. Thank you for a lively debate! Hi Bianca, you were forceful and enthusiastic in your constructive and rebuttals, as well as clear in your organization. You won by arguing your interpretation of the Law of the Seas. Next time, perhaps think about improving your sources. Duckler's tone of voice, which veered into vitriol and smugness (in the article as a whole, not in the portion you quoted), reduced his credibility, and therefore yours. I would also encourage you to think about avoiding ad hom attacks; the comment about an "abusive" approach went a bit far, I thought. Thank you for a lively debate!

    The decision is for the Opposition: Bianca Larsen

    Reason for Decision:

    Bridget had three main contentions. The debated hinged on the third: that the UN is the appropriate body for passing a resolution to decry or end the Taiji dolphin hunt. Bianca won by arguing her interpretation of the United Nation's Convention on the Law of the Seas. The Convention does allow for an international authority to make decisions about conversation within a nation's territorial waters, but Bridget did not develop or argue that point. So Bianca could winningly argue that no international body can intercede on the decisions sovereign states make about activities along their coasts. Thank you both for this important debate.

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    You're welcome, Bridget. Thank you, too! - A. Marie Houser on May 14, 2014 at 07:04PM EST
    Thanks for the feedback and your time judge!
    Nice job Bianca! - Bridget Kernan on May 13, 2014 at 08:59PM EST

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