The Rhetorical Analysis Of “Is More Humane To Kill Stray Cats, Or Let Them Fend Alone?”

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Lisa Lednicer writes “Is it more humane to kill stray cats, or let them fend alone?” which offers several opposing views on whether cats should be euthanized or set free with minor changes done to them. She argues both sides in the article being unbiased throughout and only being supportive with factual evidence throughout the article. Lednicer appeals logically and emotionally by giving personal stories and facts throughout the article without sending a biased message to her readers. Lednicer also appeals to the readers about the situation of the cats by bringing forth different viewpoints from reliable sources. Lednicer’s article is clear enough for the reader to understand the article thoroughly by arranging ideas in order, however, she often would jump to different viewpoints quickly allowing one or the other to negate or agree with what was stated.
Lednicer starts the article by giving descriptive details of Laurice Ghougasian’s everyday duties she maintains in order for her several cats to be taken care of on a daily basis. Readers are informed that Laurice neuters all of her cats to stop the reproducing of cats which helps reduce cat numbers but not fast enough allowing her to explain how emotionally and financially exhausting the cats can be. Laurice says “I spend all my money and time relocating cats,” while others bless Laurice for her troubles “she asks them to bless the cats instead” (Lednicer). This beginning adds to a very personal appeal towards cats for the article, however after she introduces Laurice she brings forth the issue that stands in the article. She starts by introducing how Washington’s Humane Society has taken care of the cats without the use of killing them but reflecting back to how Laurice dealt with the feline creatures. Soon afterwards the debate arises in the article where Lednicer jumps from viewpoint to viewpoint while remaining unbiased toward either side.
In the article Lednicer also appeals logically by showing examples of those who oppose allowing cats to fend on their own because they are meant to be inside. One of those who oppose the idea of allowing cats to be free is George Fenwick, president of the American Bird Conservancy, who clearly states “these cats are not wanted by society”...

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