Hitler was a vegetarian, right?
Truth be told, you’ll find people on both sides of this argument. Some claim they can prove he was, while others claim to prove the opposite.
But let’s, for arguments sake, say that Hitler was indeed a vegetarian.
The problem with using that, and similar statements, in a discussion around animal welfare and veganism (or any subject really), is that one does not impact the other.
In other words, one can be both an evil person, and a vegan, as the two are not mutually inclusive.
This can surely be classified as a logical fallacy; an argument with very poor reasoning.
To put this in perspective, consider the following argument which is not a fallacy.
I am sentient, therefore I am able to experience subjectivity.
Now consider the Hitler-argument.
Hitler was a vegetarian, therefore vegetarians will behave like Hitler.
Arguments like this are all too common, but they make no logical sense. And while most people can recognise this, they continue to be employed when trying to discredit an opponents position.
Don’t believe me? You can’t throw a rock without hitting some Internet troll who’s trying to argue that veganism is bad, because Hitler didn’t eat animals. Crazy, right?
Usually these arguments are introduced at a point in the conversation where the other party realises that he or she has pretty much lost the debate, and or has nothing more of value to contribute. Basically they are doing everything they can to keep their head above water.
The Hitler-argument in so common in fact, that it has been given its own law, which is aclled “Godwin’s law”.
Godwin's law (or Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies)
Godwin's law is an Internet adage asserting that
As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1
that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler or Nazism.
You can read more about Goodwin’s law at Wikipedia.
The next time someone brings up Hitler to argue against veganism, please know that they are at the end of their rope.
If you encounter this, the best thing you can do is call them on it, and not encourage any further idiocracy by simply removing yourself from the debate.
For the animals,
Will animals go extinct if the world becomes vegan?