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Informative Speech: Breed Specific Legislation

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Specific Purpose Statement: To invite my audience to explore the advantages, disadvantages, and the alternatives associated with breed specific legislation.

Thesis: Breed specific legislation is a controversial topic in which I am very interested and would like to explore both sides of the issue to perhaps learn something new.

Pattern of Organization: Multiple Perspectives

Introduction

I. [Attention Getter] Imagine you were told you couldn't do something or live somewhere for the sole reason you looked dangerous. Maybe you look like someone who did something bad, while you yourself did nothing wrong, and some stranger decides you're a bad person and a danger to society. You can't live in certain neighborhoods or go to certain places. Is this acceptable?

II. [Reveal topic & relate to audience] Now, you may think that situation is a bit farfetched, especially in this day & age, but it's happening to dogs around the world. What I'm talking about is breed specific legislation (or BSL) which targets certain dog breeds considered dangerous and makes ownership of these dogs illegal. As more and more people share their lives with dogs, we need to be knowledgeable about the effects dogs can have on our communities.

III. [Establish credibility] As a life-long dog lover, I have run into BSL many times: from apartments with dog size limitations to cities that outright ban certain breeds.

A. However, it was this speech that inspired me to do more in depth research and learn the facts behind both sides.

B. After researching each side, I must say I am against BSL but will strive to present both sides as objectively as possible.

IV. [Thesis & Preview] Therefore, first I will tell you just what exactly I mean when I say BSL and then exp...

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...ed by owner or animal that is not covered by another, non-breed specific portion of the Animal Control Code (i.e., vicious animal, nuisance animal, leash laws).”

C. Breed identification is unreliable and subjective.

1) Especially when, according to the American Pet Products Association, out of 73 million pet dogs, 31 million are classified by their owners as “mutts”.

2) Many people familiar with dogs cannot accurately identify the main breed of a mutt and will incorrectly identify it as a "pit bull" type.

3) There is no such breed as a "pit bull". "Pit bull" applies to mainly 3 breeds but is very often used to describe any medium-sized short-haired dog with a square muzzle.

D.

Dialogue Questions

I. Close-Ended Questions

A. question

B. question

II. Open-Ended Questions

A. question

B. question

Conclusion

[Signal end]

I. [Review]

II. [Closing Line]

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how a stranger decides that one can't live in certain neighborhoods or go to certain places because they look dangerous.
  • Explains that breed specific legislation (bsl) targets certain dog breeds considered dangerous and makes ownership of these dogs illegal. we need to be knowledgeable about the effects dogs can have on our communities.
  • Explains that as a life-long dog lover, they have run into bsl many times, from apartments with dog size limitations to cities that outright ban certain breeds.
  • Opines that it was this speech that inspired them to do more in-depth research and learn the facts behind both sides.
  • Opines that they are against bsl but will strive to present both sides as objectively as possible.
  • Describes the pros and cons of bsl.
  • Opines that by sharing this information and hearing your opinions on the topic, we will see new perspectives and gain new insight on this topic.
  • Hopes that by the end of this discussion you will be able to make a more informed decision whenever dogs cross your path.
  • Explains that breed-specific legislation prohibits or restricts the keeping of dogs of specific breeds, and/or dogs presumed to be mixes of one or more of them.
  • Explains the extreme case of bsl is a complete ban, but it can also be any laws that impose separate requirements such as: mandatory spay/neuter, mandatory muzzling, special liability insurance, and special licensing.
  • Describes the breeds targeted by , including american bulldog, american staffordshire terrier, bull terriers, cane corso, doberman pinscher, dogo argentina, german shepherd dog,
  • Explains that many organizations are against bsl, including the aspca, american humane association and american kennel club.
  • Argues that there's no reliable evidence to say a certain breed of dog is more violent than another.
  • Explains that animal control units with already tight budgets often have to pay extra officers, kenneling dogs while waiting on processing, court time, and veterinary fees.
  • Explains that one county in maryland spent more than $560,000 maintaining pit bulls, with only $35,000 generated in fees.
  • States that a study conducted by the county on the ban’s effectiveness noted that public safety is not improved — there is no transgression committed by owner or animal that isn’t covered by another, non-breed specific portion of the animal control code.
  • Explains that out of 73 million pet dogs, 31 million are classified as "mutts".
  • Explains that many people unfamiliar with dogs cannot accurately identify the main breed of a mutt and will incorrectly identify it as "pit bull" type.
  • Explains that there is no such breed as a "pit bull". "pit bull" applies to mainly 3 breeds, but is very often used to describe any medium-sized short-haired dog.
  • Opines that they would like to explore the advantages, disadvantages, and alternatives associated with breed specific legislation.
  • Explains bsl and the arguments of those who support it.
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