General Purpose: To persuade the audience to support laws against shark finning.
Specific Purpose: To persuade the audience to go online and sign a petition to help stop shark killings and to support the entire Racing Extinction cause in order to save species around the world from going extinct.
A. Attention Gainer: For the attention gainer, I plan on showing the audience a two minute and thirty second video in order to display the tragic events that are happening around the world regarding shark killings. My attention gainer will enable the audience to become aware of the situation as well as invoke a serious and potentially sad mood in the classrooms, before I begin to touch on the terrible situation we have at hand. This will ensure that the audience takes the information seriously and honestly.
B. Reason to Listen: According to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, “every year, humans kill an estimated 100 million sharks. Removing sharks in large numbers can have ripple effects that throw entire ecosystems out of balance” (Fairclough, 2013).
C. Thesis statement: The people of the United States need to demand that Congress stand up against the exploitation of endangered species and pass laws banning the trafficking once and for all.
D. Preview your Main Points: Millions of sharks are captured and killed every year in order for their fins to be cut off and sold on various markets. This occurrence affects not only the shark as an individual, but also the whole shark population and the entire marine ecosystem. These killings are happening all over the world because the fins are used in a traditional Asian soup and are very valuable on the market, however, through proper legislature and r...
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...the shark population in an unbelievably negative and drastic manor, and, with the extinction of shark species, comes the extinction of many other plant and animal species found in the ocean. The barriers of this issue are the cultural beliefs and ceremonies that have historically been significant in various cultures around the world. However, through proper legislature and restrictions, as well as punishment if not obeyed, we can come together to stop shark killing and ultimately save the entire marine ecosystem.
C. Provide a Reason to Remember: Go online to racingextinction.com, learn about shark finning and some of the other tragedies that are forcing animals to extinction, and do your part to help this cause. Because if we continue to eliminate the shark population like we have been doing, it will only be the beginning of the extinction of countless other species.
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