Pit Bulls

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Final Persuasive Speech Outline

General Purpose: to persuade
Specific purpose: To stop breed discrimination against the APBT


A. Attention Getter:
Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” (King, 1963). As members of the millennial generation, we are taught that it is unacceptable to judge people by the way one looks, dresses, or talks. So why is it excusable for you to judge my four-legged companion based on the way she looks, the way she is built, or the way her bark sounds? B. Credibility

As an owner of an American pit bull terrier, I witness first hand how the pit bull is discriminated against on a daily basis. C. Audience Relation
How many of you enjoy being categorized by the way you look? Just as we, as people, are evaluated, all animals need to be evaluated by its own qualities, not their appearance. D. Central Idea

Today, I would like to take the time to refute the falsely made claims that have been made against the pit bull breed and provide you with some information and instances that will hopefully shed some light on their true character. We will be discussing the decline of the pit bull, the biggest pit bull fallacy, and the role the media has played in tainting the breed.

Transition: Let’s begin by discussing the decline of the American pit bull terrier. II. MAIN IDEA #1: The American pit bull terrier was once the most popular dog in the beginning of the 20th century, so what exactly went wrong? How did this breed become so misunderstood? A. Far from being deemed a “killing machine” on four legs, pit bulls were once THE American favorite during the early half of the century. 1. During WW1, pit bulls were even pictured on recruitment posters and many pit bulls went on to become famous in the American military. The pit bull was the face of...
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