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TPSP Oral Presentation/Research

My TPSP project is on Animal Abuse. I feel strongly about the subject, and animal rights. I may not be a “tree-hugger” or a all-for-it vegan, but I think animals deserve more respect than they currently receive.

We all know companies test their products out on animals, right? Well, have you ever considered how this may harm the animals? What makeup products may injure animals, what pills may do them internal damage? No, we just assume they don't have feelings and do this to them anyway. Consider this: your food, drinks, cleaning supplies, even toothpaste is tested on innocent animals. Some monkeys are now addicted to drugs and have holes drilled in their skulls, mice grow tumors as large as they are, and dogs and pigs are cut open. Modern alternative test methods do exist but companies including Clorox and Johnson & Johnson still test their products on innocent, defenseless animals. Luckily the alternative tests are cheaper, faster, and more accurate at predicting human reactions.

If you have something made of real fur, you’ve killed an animal. Good job. More than half of the fur in the U.S. comes from China, where millions of dogs and cats are beaten, hung, bled to death, and often skinned alive for their fur. Chinese fur is often deliberately mislabeled, so if you wear any fur, there’s no way of knowing for sure whose skin you’re in. Animals who have been trapped in the wild can suffer for days from shock, dehydration, blood loss, frostbite, gangrene, and attacks by predators. They might be caught it steel-jaw traps that slam down on their legs, often cutting down to their bones; Conibear traps, which crush their necks with 90lbs. of pressure per square inch; or water-set traps, which leave innocent beavers, muskrats, and other animals struggling for more than 9 agonizing minutes before finally drowning. During the annual Canadian Seal Slaughter, tens of thousands of baby seals are shot or beaten with clubs tipped with...
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