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a cross-section of all groups and ages in society x sense of belonging to a group comprised of strangers x sense of competitiveness, perhaps x keen on fair play x may appreciate the importance of teamwork x probably has some sense of how allegiances can be “irrational” at times Exercise 1E 1. Identify the arguments in the following excerpts from the lead article in the New Hampshire Rockingham News (“Dog-fight Leader Gets Prison,” 30 August 2002), which recounted the case of a man tried for cruelty to animals after he trained pit bull terriers to fight in matches which he staged. For each excerpt, identify the premises and the conclusion of the argument, the specific audience, and the opponents of the view expressed. a) Judge Gillian Abrahamson said that the actions of the man who trained the dogs and staged the fights were disturbing because he had “inflicted such pain and torture on helpless animals for fun and profit.” Argument: The man had “inflicted such pain and torture on helpless animals for fun and profit.” [Premise] The actions of the man who trained the dogs and staged the fights were disturbing [Conclusion] Audience: the court and those who report on it (so, sending a message to society). Opponents: Those who place other values (like entertainment) above the suffering of animals.
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Good Reasoning Matters! A Constructive Approach to Critical Thinking, Fifth Edition © Oxford University Press Canada, 2012 b) She held that the severity of the 37 counts of “Exhibition of Fighting Animals” justified a sentence in a state prison rather than a county jail. Argument: the severity of the 37 counts of “Exhibition of Fighting Animals” [Premise] justified a sentence in a state prison rather than a county jail [Conclusion] Audience: the court and those who report on it (again, sending a message to society). Opponents: Those who judge this a lesser crime warranting time in a county jail. c) The attorney for the defendant asserted that the sentence handed down by Judge Abrahamson did not fit the crime because it was “unprecedented in its length.” Argument: The sentence was “unprecedented in its length.” [Premise] The sentence handed down by Judge Abrahamson did not fit the crime [Conclusion] Audience: the court and the judge. Opponents: Those who support the judge’s sentence. d) A coordinator for the Humane Society of the United States New England Regional Office supported the prison sentence, claiming that “the minor penalties associated with misdemeanour convictions are not a sufficient deterrent.” Argument:
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