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Erin Rafferty COMM 203-518 2/27/08 SPEECH TWO : Two sides to every story! SPECIFIC PURPOSE : To inform my audience about the pros and cons of animal testing for medical research. CENTRAL IDEA : There are two sides to the controversial argument of animal testing for medical research. TITLE : Is Animal Testing Necessary for Medical advances? INTRODUCTION I. Main Point: Since 1900, modern medicine and public health have boosted the average life span in the United States by almost 30 years (Foundation for Biomedical Research) and the use of animals for medical experimentation has risen along with it. II . Central Idea: Many people and organizations do not agree that animal testing is a necessity in advances in modern medicine, while others do. III . On the other hand, a lot of people are apathetic when it comes to this issue because they think that it has nothing to do with them, but what they don’t know is that if they have ever had any medicine, even an Advil or an Aspirin, it affects them. IV . Preview the main points: In the next few minutes I will inform you about some of the arguments made by the opposing and favoring sides of the issue of animal testing in medical research. [ Transition : Organizations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Center for Alternative Animal Testing (CAAT) are around for one reason and one reason only: to speak out against animal cruelty, which is why, naturally, they would speak out against acts such as animal testing for medical research.] BODY- I. Main Point- Over 2.72 million animals die in laboratory studies a year in the United States alone, meaning that about every 12 seconds an animal dies in a laboratory study (Coghlan) . (more on next page)
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A . Not only do lab animals, which are mostly rodents, react differently than humans to different drugs, vaccines, and experiments, but they also react differently from one another, making it difficult for scientists to be 100% sure of a desired result in humans before releasing it to the public. 1.
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course COMM 518 taught by Professor Baker during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.

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