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. 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...
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