Good Can Come From Vick Dogfighting Case
The face of the poor dog you see is one taken from Vick's propery,courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States.
One good thing has come out of the Michael Vick dogfighting case: the ugly world of dogfighting has been exposed in all its blood, gore and torture.
Those of us who work for animal welfare causes have long known about the horrors of dogfighting. National groups like the ASPCA and Humane Society have fought for decades to enact stricter laws and have gone undercover to dog and cockfights to gather evidence for prosecutions. It’s because of their tireless efforts that fighting is a felony in most states. Those operations didn’t make mainstream national news because no one famous was involved—until now.
However, some in the sports world feel Vick was targeted only because he’s a rich black man. That belief is a gross insult to anyone who has ever fought against animal exploitation and cruelty. Based not on fact but on feelings, such an attitude assigns a motive of racism—not animal welfare—to those involved in the indictments.
The feds didn’t build a dogfighting ring on Vick’s property, nor did they create his “Bad Newz” pit bull kennels. They didn’t hold his co-defendants under water or electrocute them—as Vick has been accused of personally doing to unsuccessful dogs—in order to exact confessions. Vick’s operation wasn’t small potatoes—it was a huge ring involving illegal gambling that spanned several states, according to the indictment.
Just think of the good Vick could have done with his millions, as other athletes have done over the course of their careers. Instead, he used his wealth to support a brutal, illegal activity.
When I first heard about the Vick case, I was appalled and horrified by the gory details of the indictment and also because such a prominent athlete was involved. But unfortunately, people involved in the gruesome world of animal fighting come from all strata of society—rich, poor, young, old, male, female, black and white. Some even bring their kids for the “entertainment.”
What made Vick national news was his lofty position: A rich quarterback of an NFL team. A supposed role model for America’s youth. A spokesperson and endorser of American products. Vick has only himself to blame for his legal woes, the public’s disgust and public relations nightmare of his employers.
All famous people are put under a media microscope when they do something wrong or illegal—and often lose jobs or endorsements because of it. That’s why the drunken antics of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan are splashed across TV screens and magazine pages. Stars suffer consequences regular Joes who commit the same acts don’t. Don Imus did for his racists remarks. Pete Rose for betting on baseball. Michael Vick is no different.
Celebrity draws media to the story. If any other well-known athlete of any sport was at the center of the scandal, animal-rights activists would react no differently. I can assure you animal defenders see only the color red when it comes it comes to animal torturers. Their sole focus is the innocent animals exploited for perverted pleasure and profit.
I believe anyone involved in animal fighting of any kind has something missing in their psyche and soul and deserves condemnation both in this life and in the afterlife.
We reap what we sow, and I hope Vick has sowed the seeds of the end of his football career. Maybe now that more people know about the horrors of dogfighting, more will be done to prevent it and stop it from all segments of society, not just longtime animal activist groups. Sometimes good things do come from the bad actions of depraved people.
NOTE: Vick pled guilty (what else could he do?) and should serve jail time. Here is what has to happen: Now that he's a FELON, the NFL can get rid of him. Most commentaters I heard on TV said his chances of playing in the NFL are SLIM. We have to make sure the pressure is kept up to make that happen. What team would want such a PR nightmare, not to mention sick individual.
What gets me the most is the way losing dogs were tortured and killed. That image I'll never get over. Oh, if I could decide his punishment. Any ideas? Let's see who can be most creative!
posted by Sandy at 8/20/2007 03:08:00 PM