False Equivalence FAILS promote the Animal Uncontrol problem. Indeed, it is probably the #1 rhetorical gimmick employed by the "enemy". Victim Blaming/Shaming is probably #2, although the 2 gimmicks may overlap.
In any case, here is a good example of False Equivalence:
Me - Did you see those last 2 ISIS videos? Those ISIS guys are total savages!
You - If you want to see a "savage", go look in the mirror: You just ate a cup of yogurt that contains HOW many live bacteriums? You are a genocidal monster!
Note that the two are not equivalent. Generally (amongst the sane population), the lives of bacteria are considered to be of less consequence than that of human beings. Therefore, the latest ISIS outrage is not comparable to eating a cup of yogurt. Yes, both actions took lives but they are not the same thing. The 2 scenarios are falsely equivalent.
Pursuant to that, the dog bite epidemic in general, and the Pit Bull mauling scenarios in particular are likewise "protected" by fools and liars that regularly engage in false equivalence. They say, "Chihuahuas bite MORE than Pit Bulls! Lets ban them first!"... Is an excellent example of false equivalence. Even if that were true (I don't know and I don't care) the claim simply does not matter as a chihuahua can not do anywhere near as much damage to a human body as a pit bull. Hamsters and gerbils bite too... has anyone had their head crushed by a gerbil recently? I am thinking never.
Moving along, false equivalence has promoted the pro-barking movement, and is indeed one of the main reasons our neighborhoods, parks and public places now sound like kennels.
"Hey, parakeets CHIRP, Cats MEOW, and gerbils have SQUEAKY EXERCISE WHEELS! So what if Fido barks for 29 minutes out of every half hour, day and night and that can be heard for a half mile radius??? QUIET YOUR PARAKEET YOU THUG!"
Comparing the noise LEVEL and DURATION of dogs to ANY other animal, wild or domestic, is classic false equivalence. Indeed, it is the GODZILLA of false equivalence!
So, we have 2 things to consider.
1) Noise LEVEL. Decibel level.
2) Noise DURATION. How long the noise disturbance occurs.
Dogs win on both counts by a huge margin - they are the majority of low hanging fruit.
Indeed, it is rare that I can go ANYWHERE and not hear dogs barking. Due to my aggressive elimination of the nuisance barkers across the street, I have no nuisance barkers within 100 yards or so. At present, I have no critical dog related noise issues. However, if you extend that radius to ~250 yards, you have NOTHING but barking. I step outside and pretty much any time of the day or night and I hear:
Barking to the WEST
Barking to the NORTH
Barking to the SOUTH
Why no barking to the East? Simply because that is empty land (owned by the local public water utility). It is devoid of human beings, which translates into DEVOID OF MALICIOUS DOG OWNERS.
Moreover, I am subject to barking:
- When camping.
- When hiking.
- When grocery shopping.
The only reason I am not subject to the non-stop barking of others dogs INSIDE my home is due to the block war I started and won over that a few years ago. While I can hear dogs bark outside, they are at least far enough away that I do not hear them INSIDE.
Going forward, anyone trying to "defend" or deflect the barking scourge with false equivalence will have their ass handed to them. Strictly for your own sake - DO NOT TRY IT.
Have a great evening!