It's for a class called "Success in College and beyond"... or something like that...
The class is required for all entering freshman and this assignment is showing you how to do a bibliography and "writing in college." So we're just to pick a controversial topic, do reasearch, blah blah blah
I was going to do it about how Kiba is always mean to me, but I think that's more of a one-sided topic (in my head).
you have been a member here for how long and you cant think of 1 controversial subject to wirte about ? lol..... how about the designer mutt trade ? that is always good for a 100 page thread lol. search back in the past pages and see if you can resurrect the doodlebreeder thread. that was a good one. try looking aroundmarch or april. good luck !!!!
Scout - I dont even know what controversial means.. let alone spell it... I'm gonna go look it up right now.
Only bad thing is that I think I need at least one book... or maybe just three articles. If it was an online presentation I was going to show one of those videos that someone posted where they're skinning the animals alive... although VERY graffic, would get the point across, but it's only an 8 week course so probably "save it" for another class.
IMHO, you should stay away from the "fur coat" and designer dog issues, since they are ethical issues, not issues that can easily be defended legally or by facts. -Designer dogs are not necessarily "bad" in a legal sense; it depends on the breeder, and many other factors. The issue of designer dogs eventually boils down to ethics since there is no hard core proof yet that their existence does serious harm. The main argument against designer dogs is that they take homes from shelter dogs, but unfortunately there is absolutely no proof that this is even close to being as damaging as the thousands of purebred dogs churned out by pet stores, puppy mills, and byb's every year—not to mention the thousands more (pure and mixed) that are produced by people wanting to breed Fido to the neighbor’s FeFe. The fur coat issue is also an ethical once, since there is nothing legally wrong with humanely killing a nonprotected species to use its fur. Killing an animal for fur is only legally "wrong" if the animal was abused or was a protected species. With fur, it all comes down to how individuals feel on an ethical scale, unless it can be proven that ALL animals killed or going to be killed for fur are either abused, a protected species, or both (if this could be proven as true, then it could be said that all killing of animals for fur is wrong). When writing school papers, it is a good idea to stay away from topics that are mainly ethical.
It is best to go with something that can be supported with facts, such as something to do with pet stores or irresponsible breeders (if I am not mistaken, there ARE statistics in existence to prove that these have effects on dogs in shelters). The Pit bull issue is also a great one--not only because it can be supported with a lot of good facts, but because it will also educate (hopefully) your teacher or whoever else reads it (I wrote tons of papers in defense of wolf hybrids, as well as using wolf hybrids as the focus of class presentations whenever possible--I like to think that I have helped to educate at least a few folks out there).
Years ago a friend of mine borrowed all of my greyhound racing paperwork, newspaper articles, photo's etc & did one on the nasty Greyhound racing Industry. The whole class including the teacher was very impressed! So yes I would do one on animals.....Puppymills would be another great topic. Of course both of these are my personal favorites. LOL!
I think the breed ban idea is great or the dog fighting. It seems like the puppymill thing just gets overused and I really think the breed ban would be a great topic to cover. I just received and AKC alert about that in CA-so check out their website. It seems everyone has heard the shock stories about puppymills, how about placing the reader in the shoes of someone in Denver who is losing their pitbull to BSL. Really take them in there, like animal control was on their porch. I think this topic is new and very important as they really can do something about it.
How about a paper on the benefits of training your dog' compared to dogs that are not trained... What are the pros of training a dog? What are the cons of not training the dog? I could go into more detail?? This sounds like it might be fun and a group topic?!! Lets Go!
***Edited By: sue on 6/25/2005 6:11:39 PM*** Reason: dfvsdbsdfb
Well, this is a little bit obscure, but you could address the more extreme ways that some people modify animals' bodies to force them to conform better to human life, i.e. declawing, debarking, etc. That's especially notorious with exotic pets - I read about one idiot who bought a rhesus monkey and wound up removing its tail, its teeth, & its fingertips.
***Edited By: AngeGauche on 6/25/2005 7:12:26 PM*** Reason: .