Lesson 19 & 20: Debate lesson

In this lesson we had to split into groups of 4, where two people were debating ‘for’ a certain topic while the other two would argue ‘against’ it. For our topic, we discussed the issues around making an International Law that would ban all whaling activities.

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Our argument consists of reasons such that not all whaling should be banned, but people should try to reduce the number of whales being hunted or killed, in other words, sustainable whaling. Limiting the number of whales is different from banning all hunting activities. Limiting prevents endangering species and extinction of whales.

In addition to sustainable whaling, the people should  use every part of the whale instead of taking only what they need because this would just create wastage.

The majority of the population do not care if cows or pigs are killed for their meat, and that happens every day, therefore despite being endangered, the extent of banning all whaling seems extreme as killing pigs for their meat is the same as killing whales for their meat too.

To further discuss this topic, right now the food chain is not being affected because whales are towards the end of the food chain as they eat smaller fish, however if all whaling is banned, the population of whales will increase, and could lead to overpopulation, which could potentially affect the food chain causing endangering and extinction to possible smaller fish species. Population kept at a stable number by natural predators (humans included) continuing to do what they’ve done for centuries.

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