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Compare two pieces of text called: 'It's a crying shame' and 'Sorry, but I think dying people are more important than dumb animals,' by an Animal Rights Group and Polly Toynbee respectively.

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I am going to compare two pieces of text called: 'It's a crying shame' and 'Sorry, but I think dying people are more important than dumb animals,' by an Animal Rights Group and Polly Toynbee respectively. The first article is intended to appeal to a younger audience who think that killing animals is wrong because they are cute etc. The second extract is aimed at adults who are interested in the welfare of human beings. The Animal Aid leaflet is persuasive as it is trying to pledge donations to stop animal experiments. The newspaper article is informative and persuasive by saying that killing an animal to save humans is good because would you rather die than an insignificant canine or rat. The Animal Rights leaflet is very eye catching. It has a colour image of a dog, which appears to be crying. The size of the text is varied form size 22 to 9 points and is in the font Arial which is an easier to read font than Times New Roman. ...read more.

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People will instantly want to read this leaflet because of the expression on the dog's face. On the back of the leaflet there is picture of a mouse with some sort of growth coming off its side, I suspect that this is a tumour of some sorts. Personally I don't find this disturbing but a vast majority of the public will do and will never want that to happen again so they will want to pledge money to help stop animal experimentation. There is another picture of a monkey of some sorts and it appears to be very sad as if it has been tortured etc. I think the choice of pictures on this leaflet is rather good and will help put the point across to the reader. The newspaper articles picture is very plain and boring. It is just a picture of Poly Toynbee in black and white, and I think that she looks rather stern. I think this picture is just there to let you know who actually wrote the article. ...read more.

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They want members of the public to feel the same that they do towards animal experimentation, and also want them to campaign against it as they think it is wrong. Poly Toynbee's article uses mainly very blunt and to the point language. She also uses real life facts and statistics: 'only 5 per cent of medical research uses animals.' And 'Maybe because only 7 per cent of the population is vegetarian, so an out-and-out vegetarian war wouldn't catch the public imagination.' This proves points very well and gets it to the reader plainly and simply. As before she is trying to get the reader to approve of her opinions and to simply really care about human welfare. Overall, I agree with Poly Toynbee's argument. Personally, I would much rather survive than a canine or rat. Human life is one of the most important factors in this millennia's time frame and as the world is ultimately going to be destroyed we should inhabit it as long as humanly possible, no matter what the cost... Zetta Hayden GCSE English Language Coursework 2004 ...read more.

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