Illustrations for animal rights, animal ethics, welfare & conservation
20 March 2014
What Is the Number Fallacy?
The Number Fallacy?
The number fallacy is the mistaken belief that it is all
right to kill some animals because they are numerous, eg foxes, coyotes,
kangaroos. It is an attitude entrenched among hunters and nature
conservationists. They do not notice the suffering they inflict on individuals
and their social groups, nor the immorality of cutting short otherwise
relatively long lives. Bison numbered in their millions, were shot out almost
when extinct.They now number in their
thousands. Passenger pigeons flew in their billions and are now extinct. The
last passenger pigeon died at an American zoo in 1914. How many numerous
species are symbols of humanity’s destruction and indifference to nature and