Millie Weaver, of alt-right conservative 'fake news' organization InfoWars, created a stir online early this month when she shared a debate she had with vegan activist Ed Winters - better known as Earthling Ed - to YouTube.
In this PBN exclusive, viewers can see highlights of the original video - which was over 40 minutes in length - as well as some discussion of issues that arose in the argument.
A number of fallacies appear in the InfoWars employee's arguments, including an appeal to tradition, an appeal to faith, a straw-man fallacy, and a red herring.
As noted in the video, Weaver makes multiple appeals to tradition - claiming that because something has been common practice historically, it must therefore be ethical.
She also makes an appeal to faith to substantiate her own beliefs, sighting Christianity and the Bible as determinants of wrong and right.
A red herring fallacy - the introduction of an irrelevant topic - occurs when Weaver brings the hunting methods of lions to the table, a topic which she fails to connect to the matter at hand.
Finally, the straw-man fallacy is also employed by Weaver, in which she affixes beliefs to Winters that he does not necessarily hold - specifically, she implies that he is an advocate of globalism and believes that animal products must be made illegal.
Aside from that of Plant Based News, there have been a number of response videos created by prominent vegan YouTubers.
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself.
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