Judge: Joe Leeson-Schatz (Binghamton University)
Resolution: RESOLVED: The United States Federal Government should ban all testing that requires the use of animals.
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Posted at N/A by Dhruv Sehgal
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Submitted at N/A by Joe Leeson-Schatz
|Category||Chris Robertson||Dhruv Sehgal|
|Use of evidence:||2.5||3.5|
|Coherence of arguments:||4.7||4.5|
|Responsiveness to opponent:||4.1||4.2|
|Identification of key points:||4.3||4.4|
|Comments:||I like how you frame your morality arguments. You should back up some of your claims with evidence though, as well as provide the cites for that evidence in the appropriate box so your opponent and judge can look them over. See if you can get rid of the echo in your recording for future rounds.
Your analogies are good but you need evidence to back up your points as well. Conduct some research into animal testing both from a moral standpoint as well as from the question of its effectiveness.
|Good use of evidence (though it could be more qualified) and speaking voice. I'd go more into why emotions are bad / shouldn't get in the way of deciding animal testing. I'd also focus on utilitarianism being more important than the version of morality that the proposition relies upon.
Stop relying on "he has no actual evidence" and answer the argument more directly, as well as using evidence yourself to respond to his un-evidenced claims.
The decision is for the Opposition: Dhruv Sehgal
Reason for Decision:
Technically this round was decided by a forfeit. Absent that, however, I would still vote for the opposition because the opp is backed up by more evidence and research that shows (1) it's not torture (2) is essential to save lives (3) is moral from a utilitarian perspective. I think if the prop had more evidence and/or spent more time impacting out why deontology is more important than utilitarianism then this would be a different debate and much harder to decide. The analogies the prop deploys are good ones. I suggest reading Majorie Spiegel's "The Dreaded Comparison" to back up your points or the book "Eternal Treblinka" by Charles Patterson.