Sample Persuasive Speech Outline
Topic: Factory Farming
Organizational Pattern: Monroe’s Motivated Sequence
Specific Purpose: To persuade the audience that factory farms are dangerous and abusive and therefore need to be banned.
Primary Audience Outcome: I the want the audience to join or support national organizations that protest against factory farms.
Thesis Statement: The U.S. government should ban factory farms and require the meat industry to raise animals in their natural environments.
Close your eyes and step into the world of an individual. You are born into a world where nights and days are never constant (attention getter). You are fed three to five times a day, but no one is there to nurture you. Not even the numerous others crammed into your living space. You grow frantic, scared, and sickly. Now open your eyes, to reality. What I have just described is one of America’s worst ghettos. You know this individual who is trapped in this environment. He is your breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is the meat you eat . Today’s farms not only abuse their animals they also produce harmful diseases and environmental hazards that affect each and every one of us, regardless of whether you consume animal products or not. The U.S. government should ban factory farms and require the meat industry to raise animals in their natural environments (preview of points and statement of purpose).
I. What used to be Old McDonald’s farms have now become factory farms that produce animal abuse, disease and ecological hazards. A. Animals are abused on factory farms (Marquadt, 1993) (Reasoning: Inductive) 1. Broiler chickens are often debeaked, due to fear of cannibalism (Jasper, 1992). 2. Cattle are often dehorned and castrated without anesthetics. 3. Geese are often overfed with grains and steroids in order to produce larger livers for pate (Singer, 1989). B. The unhealthy environments created by factory farms promote the spread of many diseases that remain in the animal products we consume (Fox, 1990). 1. Every year an increasing number of children and elderly die of food poisoning that is related to factory farm practices. 2. Meats on the market are often deformed or full of bad chemicals. C. The mass production of animals and the resulting amount of waste creates lasting damage to our ecosystem.
1. The release of high levels of urine and fecal matter into our lakes contributes to the contamination of our waters, wells and topsoil.
2. The release of high levels of methane into the atmosphere contributes to the depletion of the ozone layer. Satisfaction:
II. For better health standards the U.S. government should ban factory farms and require the meat industry to raise its animals in their natural environment. A. Studies show that if animals were raised in better conditions, their Production would be greater at healthier standards. B. Many countries in Europe adopted the Animal Protection Act of 1972 (Fox, 1990). Visualization:
III. If factory farms are banned, we will able to better enjoy animal meat products in a cleaner, healthier environment.
A. Meat products will taste better and be more nutritious because animals will no longer be injected with steroids and other chemicals. B. Our risk of contracting diseases from meat products will be decreased because animals will no longer be raised in crammed, unsanitary environments.
C. Contamination of our ecosystem will be decreased when the amount of animal wastes that are released into the environment are decreased.
As you can see, the food we eat has endured a...
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