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Persuasive Essay #1

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Madison Simon

on 11 June 2013

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{A Persuasive Prezi on Animal Abuse} Help Our Furry, Feathered, and Finned Friends! Should the United States Federal Government Pass harsher laws concerning animal abuse? Should they start a prevention program? The humane answer is yes. We have to stop animal abuse, mistreatment, and neglect! There are millions of animals out there that just want to be loved and cared for, and it is our job as stewards of creation to make those creatures' dreams of love to a reality. Why? Because.... If we started a prevention program, we would solve two problems, with one simple step! We could stop both animal and child abuse. According to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Northeastern University, animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than individuals without a history of animal abuse. Funding a program to prevent animal abuse would help to put a stop to many crimes. Also, there are few prevention programs already started. Animal abuse is out there, and it is a problem that needs to be solved. As a wise saying says, "The best way to solve a problem, is to prevent a problem." A prevention program would cost millions of dollars, but it would save millions of lives. Isn't life worth more than money? And what about harsher penalties? The federal government should fix some of the laws for penalties for animal abusers. They are too lax. For instance, the state of Michigan's consequence for performing animal cruelty are a fine up to $1,000 and imprisonment up to 90 days; malicious cruelty is a fine up to $5,000, imprisonment up to four years, and up to 500 hours of community service (penal code 750.50). If the laws were made harsher, would save thousands, maybe millions, of our beloved creatures. God wants us to treat animals fairly. He gave us dominion over the animals, but He wants us to treat them fairly. Animals have rights, too! It is our job as stewards of the Earth, and as Christians, to do as God asks and take care of the Earth and all it's creatures. Aren't they worth protecting? "Cruelty to animals is as if man did not love God... there is something so dreadful, so satanic, in tormenting those who have never harmed us, and who cannot defend themselves who are utterly in our power."

-- Cardinal John Henry Newman So if those laws aren't harsh, what laws are? Well, a good example is the state of California. In the Californian penal code 596-597, the maximum punishment for first offense animal cruelty is imprisonment up to 1 year and a fine up to $20,000. These laws should be the model for the rest of the states. So let's put this together. Let's stop these horrible crimes. If we join together, we can stop animal mistreatment and abuse. Stand up for creatures of all shapes and sizes, and prevent works of evil. Two wrongs does not make a right; it makes another ruined life! Together we can save millions of lives, and make our corner of the world a better place.... Will you help us? By: Madison Simon
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