Persuasive Speech Outline
Animals can be ferocious and wild, but they can also be gentle and tame. Some are our pets, and some are powerful forces that are to be respected and admired. It is as easy to appreciate a loyal dog as it is to be in awe of a lion in its' natural habitat. But the truth that many people either don’t know or don’t appreciate is that animals are essential to human existence and have played a vital role in improving the quality of our lives. They have been providing us with answers to our most complex medical questions for decades. Their role in finding cures for diseases, treatments for illness, and product safety is immense. First, we will examine how animal testing has benefited both man and beast. Second, I will dispel the belief that animals used in research are mistreated. Last, we will learn how the process of drug development is carried out.
Animals used in biomedical research help us understand how our bodies work. Through this practice we have been able to literally cure disease, find new therapy for illness, ensure the safety of medicine, and evaluate medical procedures before they are ever used on humans. The fact of the matter is that without animal experimentation many of us would not be alive today, and neither would our pets… “Without animal research, millions of dogs, cats, birds, and farm animals would be dead from more than 200 diseases, including anthrax, distemper, rabies, feline leukemia, and canine parvo virus.” (California Veterinary Medical Association).
In regards to humans, almost every major medical breakthrough in the last 100 years has been accomplished though testing on animals. The foundation for Biomedical Research states that “… practically every present-day protocol for the prevention, treatment, cure and control of disease, pain and suffering is based on knowledge attained through research with lab animals.” (Pro-Test). These medical...
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