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The waters off the coast of Iceland are filled with pods of [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2018, 09:44
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The waters off the coast of Iceland are filled with pods of killer whales, which migrate there during the summer. Wildlife parks that rely on the killer whales for entertainment hunt the killer whale almost exclusively in the water of Iceland, because strict sanctions forbid them from doing so off the coast of North America, an area also abundant in killer whales. Since Iceland recently gave into pressure from international groups opposed to the hunting of killer whales, it too will forbid the hunting of killer whales off its coast. Therefore, all wildlife parks will be forced to end their shows featuring killer whales once their current killer whales are unable to perform.

All of the following cast doubt on the conclusion of the argument EXCEPT?

A)The recent ban only extends to within one hundred miles of Iceland, though killer whales are plentiful along the shores of Greenland, which fall outside this range.
B)The incoming prime minister of Canada, who is more conservative, is planning on lifting the ban on hunting killer whales off the coast of Canada.
C)In-park killer whale births have become increasingly common, especially in those wildlife parks that harbor a large number of killer whales.
D)Some wildlife parks are involved in the illegal trade of killer whales.
E)It is nearly impossible to catch killer whales in deep waters, so hunters typically rely on luring killer whales into coves.
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Re: The waters off the coast of Iceland are filled with pods of [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2018, 19:34
Why is it not D ?
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Re: The waters off the coast of Iceland are filled with pods of [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2018, 16:25
The conclusion of the argument is that killer whale based shows will not be possible in the future since hunting killer whales is banned.

The question is a bit tricky because the way it asks the question. We have to select an option that does not undermine the conclusion. While many such type of except question can be reworded as chose an answer that strenghtens the argument. In this particular case we have to chose an option that does not weaken the conclusion of the argument.

From option A to D all provide circumstances that has us to believe that killer whale shows will continue in the future.
For Option D though not in line with accepted methods, illegal hunting will still facilitate the show in the future.
Option E does not undermine the conclusion by providing details on hunting technique.

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Re: The waters off the coast of Iceland are filled with pods of [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2018, 21:25
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Re: The waters off the coast of Iceland are filled with pods of [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2018, 16:45
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So, this question is somewhat annoying because it is effectively asking you to think through a double negative via the idea of which answer "doesn't cast doubt." In short, its really asking "which of these answers would corroborate the conclusion of the argument or at least not discredit it." The arguement is "all wildlife parks will be forced to end their shows featuring killer whales once their current killer whales are unable to perform." A,B, C, and D are all things that would allow for these wildlife parks to theoretically keep having shows featuring killer whales even when their current whales aren't viable. A (still being able to get them because the ban doesn't affect all areas), B (Canada allowing killer whale captures), C (more baby killer whales), D (Illegally obtaining whales despite the bans on capturing them). Only E doesn't cast doubt on the conclusion that shows will have to end with this current generation of whales as it really is a statement that doesn't relate directly to the wildlife parks at all and instead just talks about the method by which the whales are captured. The answer is E.
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