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TPSP Oral Presentation/Research Essay

My TPSP project is on Animal Abuse. I feel strongly about the subject, and animal rights. I may not be a “tree-hugger” or a all-for-it vegan, but I think animals deserve more respect than they currently receive.

We all know companies test their products out on animals, right? Well, have you ever considered how this may harm the animals? What makeup products may injure animals, what pills may do them internal damage? No, we just assume they don’t have feelings and do this to them anyway. Consider this: your food, drinks, cleaning supplies, even toothpaste is tested on innocent animals. Some monkeys are now addicted to drugs and have holes drilled in their skulls, mice grow tumors as large as they are, and dogs and pigs are cut open. Modern alternative test methods do exist but companies including Clorox and Johnson & Johnson still test their products on innocent, defenseless animals. Luckily the alternative tests are cheaper, faster, and more accurate at predicting human reactions.

If you have something made of real fur, you’ve killed an animal. Good job. More than half of the fur in the U.S. comes from China, where millions of dogs and cats are beaten, hung, bled to death, and often skinned alive for their fur. Chinese fur is often deliberately mislabeled, so if you wear any fur, there’s no way of knowing for sure whose skin you’re in. Animals who have been trapped in the wild can suffer for days from shock, dehydration, blood loss, frostbite, gangrene, and attacks by predators. They might be caught it steel-jaw traps that slam down on their legs, often cutting down to their bones;

Conibear traps, which crush their necks with 90lbs. of pressure per square inch; or water-set traps, which leave innocent beavers, muskrats, and other animals struggling for more than 9 agonizing minutes before finally drowning. During the annual Canadian Seal Slaughter, tens of thousands of baby seals are shot or beaten with clubs tipped with metal hooks. Also, while we’re on the subject of Canada, hundreds of black bears are shot at point- blank range or caught in traps. All so they can be skinned and have their fur used to make the ceremonial hats worn by Queen Elizabeth II’s Five Guards’ Regiments. Luckily, you can avoid all this pain and suffering by buying faux fur.

But what about animals in circuses and zoos, you may ask. Well do you think those animals just get up in the morning wanting to ride tiny bikes and jump through hoops? No. Of course not. For animals in circuses, there is no such thing as “positive reinforcement”, no treats, no cuddling like you would do with your cat at home. There is only varying degrees of punishment and deprivation. To force them to perform all these meaningless and physically uncomfortable tricks, trainers use whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, bull hooks, and other painful tools.

On the other hand, zoos claim to promote education, while the only thing to really be learned at these sad faculties is how animals who want to be free act when they are confined. Sometimes, they even resort to mood-altering drugs to keep the peace. They are confined to tiny living spaces, and separated from their families. Zoos only stay in business as long as people pay attention to them. Don’t pay to keep animals imprisoned like that. Learn by watching documentaries or observing them in their natural habitats instead.

Animals are needlessly abused every day, for no reason. I hope that one day, people may see the inhuman cruelty they are inflicting on innocent animals.


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