It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

NAVS or  the National Anti-Vivisection Society, claim they are “a respected leader of advocates for animals and better, more humane science,” that “has a proud history of promoting positive solutions to replace cruel, costly and flawed animal experiments with modern, innovative methods of research, safety testing and education”(Mice). What is there suggested positive solution though? In reading their article, Mice and Rats in Research, I find myself agreeing with many of their points about the mistreatment of mice and rats and I respect their standing up for the rights of animals. However, the NAVS article is a perfect example of building a logical argument, but not supporting it with a conclusion or proposed solution. The article ends rather abruptly by presenting data illustrating how the government reports misleading data on animal use (Mice). There is never a proposed solution for the replacement of mice and rats in advancing science and understanding in areas and diseases such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s,and many more.

Alternatively, the Jackson Laboratory  article, Why Mouse Genetics?, does not draw me in as much in the beginning. It paints mice as tools and doesn’t attempt to appeal to the readers emotion (Why). However, as the article continues, a clear and concise explanation for why the mice are used this way is given, as specific examples are illustrated to show how mice can advance research. Furthermore, in the conclusion of the article, all of the main points are summarized in a very clear way that leaves the reader with a lasting impression of the exact arguments the article made (Why).

These two articles are perfect examples of the paramount importance of a conclusion and proposed solution to an argument. Regardless of my opinion on the use of mice and rats for scientific research, because of concise conclusion, I come away from the Jackson Laboratory article with a much better impression of the argument the author was trying to make.


Works Cited
“Mice and Rats in Research | National Anti-Vivisection Society.” National AntiVivisection Society. National Anti-Vivisection Society, 2016. Web. 09 Sept. 2016.
“Why Mouse Genetics?” The Jackson Laboratory. The Jackson Laboratory, 2016. Web. 09 Sept. 2016.


One thought on “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

  1. You point out an interesting difference between something like more traditional forms of writing (print books, print articles) and digital media. The latter places most of its emphasis on what happens at the beginning of its texts, I think, because they assume that most readers won’t stay on the page till the end.


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