Persuasive Speech on Animal Cruelty

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OBJECIVE: The objective of this speech is for each listener to be persuaded to consider voting on bills, props, etc that support more punishment for those who abuse animals. AUDIENCE ANALYSIS: Age range is for voters, especially younger voters around the ages of 18-22 who tend to not vote. The gender break down would be to everyone, but there is probably more men in this audience then women. Education level is high school and a few years of college, plus a few older people who have been in class for a while. Racial and socioeconomic background has no bearing.

The overall demographic data tend to indicate that the audience should be neutral rather than hostile to this topic. 1. ATTENTION AROUSAL: Animals in every aspect of life, whether it is as a companion or as a show animal, have been victim to animal abuse or cruelty. There are several different levels of cruelty that should be punished, but are not. Animals are not able to defend themselves, so why should people not be punished for abusing them? 2. NEED: People need to realize that animals deserve respect as much as any other creature.

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If a child is being hurt by someone, a person will stand up and say something. The same needs to go for the abuse some animals go through. A. Depending on the state you live in, you can receive a fine and/or time in jail for abusing an animal. Most states divide the abuse into either a misdemeanor or a felony charge. (fact) B. Elephants who perform in circuses are often kept in chains for as long as 23 hours a day from the time they are babies. Former circus employees have reported seeing animals beaten, whipped, poked with sharp objects and even burned to force them to learn their routines. testimony) C. The injuries dogs recieve during “matches” are often severe and frequently fatal. The dogs often break bones with their powerful jaws. Blood loss, dehydration, shock, exhaustion or infection often kills the dogs after the match has ended. A lot of innocent pets are also stolen and used as bait, these dogs are generally always killed in the process. (fact) D. A study by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) concludes that 20% of all intentional animal abuse crimes are committed by teens and 95% of those teens are boys.

In 85% of homes where a woman or child is being abused there is also an animal who suffers abuse. 60% of women who have been abused have had a pet violently killed. People who abused pets as children are much more likely to commit violent crimes against people. (stat) E. Animals that we eat, are pushed into small areas where they can not move, they are fed unhealthy food that have potential pesticides or other poisons, chicken’s beaks are cut off, etc. (fact) F. Dogs, rabbits, rats, mice and even monkeys are used to test safety of common household products, prescription medication and cosmetics.

The product or its specific ingredients are applied to the animal’s eyes or skin. Another common method is to pump the substance into their airways or stomach. Many end up with shocking injuries. Animal testing is cruel and unnecessary, since alternatives to skin are readily available. (fact) 3. SATISFACTION: Thanks to many organizations, we can start to find solutions and stop this cruelty from happening. A. Lead by example. Make sure that you are helping to teach others about what different animals do.

If you inform them on the truth, hopefully it will start a trend and we can stop this type of cruelty. (example) B. Donating money to organizations and facilities, like the ASPCA, local shelters, World Wildlife Foundation, PETA, etc, would help the authority figures that are acting to stop the cruelty that is happening. (example) 4. VISUALIZATION: A. Positive: Standing up for defense less animals, will create a less violent environment for everyone. It is important for people to understand that animals cannot defend themselves and need us to stand up and speak for them.

B. Negative: If we do not stand up for these animals now, people will become more violent towards people, and animals will begin to die out and disappear. People need to be punished for hurting animals because of the simple fact that animals have feelings no matter the type and we must stand up. 5. ACTION: http://www. peta. org/ http://www. aspca. org/http://www. worldwildlife. org/ These different sites allow you to donate your money and time to help people understand that animals need to be protected.

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