Logical Reasoning - Statement and Argument - Discussion

Each question given below consists of a statement, followed by two arguments numbered I and II. You have to decide which of the arguments is a 'strong' argument and which is a 'weak' argument.

Give answer:

  • (A) If only argument I is strong
  • (B) If only argument II is strong
  • (C) If either I or II is strong
  • (D) If neither I nor II is strong and
  • (E) If both I and II are strong.

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Statement: Should a total ban be put on trapping wild animals?

Arguments:

  1. Yes. Trappers are making a lot of money;
  2. No. Bans on hunting and trapping are not effective.

[A]. Only argument I is strong
[B]. Only argument II is strong
[C]. Either I or II is strong
[D]. Neither I nor II is strong
[E]. Both I and II are strong

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

Clearly, ban is necessary to protect our natural environment. So, none of the arguments is strong enough.

Arthur said: (Oct 25, 2013)  
A ban may not be necessary if there is an explosion in an animals population.

Dave said: (Sep 25, 2015)  
Firstly the statement isn't a statement at all; it's a question.

If pretending it is a statement, then the explanation cannot be deduced from it. There could be pestilent numbers of wild animals that are destroying the natural environment, for example.

Argument I is not strong because the earnings of the trappers are at best immaterial, or possibly a good if the trapping of wild animals is a good.

Argument II is strong because it is a statement that hunting and trapping are not effective appropriate a ban is innately wasteful.

Protecting the natural environment might be a very good thing to do. But in this context it's a rubbish example for a reasoning question.

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