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Persuasive Speech: Animal Rights and Welfare

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Phoenix Tai

on 11 July 2013

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Transcript of Persuasive Speech: Animal Rights and Welfare

Animal Rights
and Welfare

Things You Can Do To Help
- do not purchase items made of fur, leather, wool, or silk

-check products you buy for "no animal testing" and "cruelty free" symbols

-adopt pets from shelters and rescue groups

-donate to a local shelter or animal foundation (NAHS, ASPCA, PETA)

-encourage parents to buy grocery items that are "free range", "animal welfare approved", or "100 Percent Grass Fed and Organic
Are animals more like
people or objects?
"Animals are more like people than objects."
- Ingrid Newkirk (founder of PETA)
Animal Rights
Animal Welfare
-idea that animals deserve a certain level of protection from pain caused by humans
-people who have pets, who raise or slaughter livestock, or who work with animals are expected to follow the basic standards of care
-domestic animals are entitled to receive food and water, and torturing animals or treating them badly can be prosecuted as a crime
-idea that animals are entitled
to the same rights and freedoms
as humans
-wrong for humans to make
any use of animals
-even the most pampered and
adored pet is being unfairly
treated as an object
Animal Testing
Why They Do It
-to test the safety in products

-cosmetics, medicine, chemicals, household cleaners, etc.
How They Do It
-dripping a substance into their eye

-rubbing, scraping, or injecting a substance into a shaved patch of skin

-genetically modifying the animal to have certain disease

-surgical procedure or vigorous experimentation

What Happens to the Animals

-discarded and killed after test
-created solely to be tested on

-given cancer by scientists
Factory Farming
Conditions & Procedures
-pens too small to turn around

-genetically modified chemical enriched food

-go to the bathroom where they stand all day

-sick and diseased

-beaks cut off

-male baby chicks thrown into the trash

Domestic Animal Abuse
Pedigree Dogs
-unnatural process of inbreeding animals

-cruel, irresponsible, causes unnecessary suffering

-Dalmatians lose hearing

-Great Danes and Retrievers lose sight

-painful joints and breathing problems
Pet Mills
- animals kept indoors to breed their whole life

-poor conditions

-many die before reaching a pet store
Endangered Animals
- hunted, captured, skinned, eaten

- 10% of the world's panda population lives in zoos

- wild tiger population has dropped from 100,000 to less that 8,000 in the last 20 years

- in the last 30 years over 50% of natural panda habitat has been destroyed
What You Can Do
- make smart choices

-inform others
Consequences of Inaction
- animals tortured during testing

- poor conditions on "farms"

- pet mills will continue

- species will become extinct
The question is not, "Can they reason?"
nor "Can they talk?" but rather,
"Can they suffer?"
- Jeremy Bentham
Gary L. Francione
- american legal scholar

- in 1995 published book "Animals, Property, and the Law"

- compared animal rights to slave states before the Civil War

- humans given respect based rights

- animals given rights based on utility and economic value
Professor Davidson
Gary's Soccer Cleats
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