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Proposition: Julianne Simonson (Outschool Online - Intermediate) vs. Opposition: Madison Merrithew (Unaffiliated)

Judge: Benjamin Klein (Binghamton University)

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  • Julianne Simonson
    Julianne Simonson
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    Madison Merrithew
    Madison Merrithew
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    Posted at April 6, 2020 09:20:14PM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

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    Posted at April 7, 2020 11:44:41PM EST by Madison Merrithew

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    https://nationalzoo.si.edu/center-for-species-survival

    https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/our-mission

    https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01746/full

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/personalfinance/20-animals-that-make-millions-for-their-owners/ss-AAcHGap#image=12

    https://abc7news.com/social-superstars-media-influencer-influencers/4228701/

    https://www.americanhumane.org/initiative/no-animals-were-harmed/

    https://animalsandentertainment.weebly.com/proscons.html

    Posted at April 8, 2020 07:42:20PM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

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    Posted at April 9, 2020 11:10:46PM EST by Madison Merrithew

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    https://fossilrim.org

    https://www.aza.org/conservation

    https://theconversation.com/in-defence-of-zoos-how-captivity-helps-conservation-56719

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-do-zoos-help-endangered-animals/

    https://www.thedodo.com/what-is-the-role-of-zoos-in-co-742007560.html

    https://www.avma.org/javma-news/2017-07-15/role-zoos-conservation-zoo-veterinarians-say

    Posted at April 11, 2020 12:31:20AM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

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    Submitted at April 11, 2020 02:05:22PM EST by Benjamin Klein

    Category Julianne Simonson Madison Merrithew
    Use of evidence: 4 4
    Delivery skill: 4 4
    Coherence of arguments: 4 4
    Responsiveness to opponent: 4 4
    Identification of key points: 4 4
    Comments: Argues that animals have needs and rights just as humans do, shouldn't be treated as lower beings. Liked argument that humans reasoning behind need for animals entertainment is for money, not their well-being. Brings in source stating that horses are not treated correctly in horse racing and over 400 wound up dying due to limb injuries in 2018. Argues that animals receive nothing in return from being stolen away from their true homes. Argues that animal entertainment is not just bad for animals, but can also be harmful for humans, bringing in an example. Although opp mentioned that animals are treated well being taken out of their environment, the prop doesn't believe that this is true, especially because this is all that they know and are accustomed to. Argues that although we learn more about these animals from seeing them at places like the zoo, we don't know whats actually going on behind the scenes in order for animals to form, being trained in cruel and terrible ways. Brings in source stating that there is a lot of conservation abuse in venues such as zoos. Not worth it to put animals through all this just so we as humans can have a few moments of happiness, seeing things we don't normally see every day. Animals forced to entertain until the day they die, all for the sake of our own amusement, often being taken away from their families and being stuffed into cages with not nearly enough room for them and all of the other animals. Humans have plenty of other ways to entertain themselves, arguing that animals shouldn't be one of those ways. Animals are abused in order to perform. Argues that animals receive care in custody that they wouldn't in the wild. Argues, using a source, that not all animals are harmed in entertainment, specifically citing a dog that makes $50,000 a month modeling. Every ticket bought for San Diego Zoo goes towards animal care and conservation program, playing a huge role in saving endangered species. We have laws set in place to make sure that animals are being treated correctly in entertainment. Responds to prop regarding nature being their natural habitat, retorting that some places are lacking of natural resources, thus we are saving these animals by taking them away and ensuring their safety. Without zoos and aquariums, certain animals could go extinct. Argues that although there are some areas of animal entertainment that are abusive, not all of them are so we shouldn't eliminate all of animal entertainment.

    The decision is for the Proposition: Julianne Simonson

    Reason for Decision:

    I sided with Julianne because I felt like her arguments of how this could be harmful to animals outweighed Madison's counterargument that the elimination of animal entertainment would take away from specific animals. Madison used the dog example, had she brought in some other examples of animals losing from their being no entertainment I may have sided with the opp, but I felt like animals are losing way more from being abused and taken out of their natural environment, which is why I decided to side with the Prop. Great debate on both sides!!


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