Whaling Debate

Topics: Whaling, Humpback whale, International Whaling Commission Pages: 3 (699 words) Published: August 1, 2013
Debating Speech – 1st speaker

That the Australian Government should protect anti-whaling protesters who forcibly disrupt whaling ships

Hello adjudicator, negative team and time keeper.
I am… the first speaker of the Affirmative team. I will cover the points of whaling, and the legalities in Australia that surround it.

We the Affirmative team define the topic as: The Australian Government should protect and safeguard the anti-whaling protesters who’s main objective is to stop the illegal whaling, prove wrongdoing by the countries in question and to uphold the illegal whaling in both Australian and international waters.

The International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling in 1986. This ban, although not absolute due to the push from certain countries namely Japan, Iceland and Norway for scientific whaling, although these scientific reasons are yet to be proven. Whaling in Northern Canada, Alaska and Siberia are permitted purely to protect the aboriginal culture. Statistics show that clearly the ‘no commercial whaling message’ is not getting through to these countries therefore calling for more drastic and powerful action. This action is not coming from our government and therefore must come from non-government organisations, these organisations deserve the full protection from all governments that would be awarded to any citizen of Australia.

Whaling affects so many species of not only whales but also marine animals. As history shows whaling began in 3000 BC. Whaling has changed ecosystems all over the world and continues to in this century. In the 19th century whaling was mainly used as a collection of whale oil or train oil. This was used in many make up products and perfumes. In the 20th and 21st century commercial whaling is aimed at the collection of whale meat for food. This is an unnecessary part of the food chain, especially when it comes with the certain endangerment and further more extinction of many whale species. Is this...
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