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Vick-timization

“For the animals, it is an eternal Treblinka.” — Isaac Bashevis Singer

I describe myself as an animal welfare activist. I have a BS in Animal Science. I have competed in AKC obedience trials. I was Senior K9 Handler Instructor for Missouri Search and Rescue K9 for six years.  I am a member of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and involved with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). I volunteer at the Atlanta Humane Society, caring for dogs and doing adoption counseling. I often write legislators on several levels (including the President) regarding animal welfare issues. And I am currently owned by two rescue cats.

Needless to say, I have an definite opinion on the bloodthirsty savage Michael Vick.

First, let’s review what this violent felon did. Vick executed approximately eight dogs that did not perform well in ‘testing’ sessions by various methods, including hanging and drowning.

The July 17, 2007 federal indictment against this bag of shit states that his dog-killing methods also included electrocution and “slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground.” The indictment added that on April 25, 2007, the following items were discovered at Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennel: “Approximately 54 Pit Bull Terriers, some of which had scars and injuries, appearing to be related to dog fighting (and) a ‘rape stand,’ a device in which a female dog who is too aggressive to submit to males for breeding is strapped down with her head held in place by a restraint.” I will spare you the nauseating details but these heinous acts are just some of the horrors visited on these innocent creatures.

Two dogs are placed in a pit or similar area enclosed with plywood walls. They attack each other while crowds of up to 200 people watch and cheer. Bets ranging from U.S. $10,000 to $50,000 are made on fights.

The bloody battle often lasts two hours or more, ending when one dog is no longer able to continue. The breed most often used is the American pit bull terrier. Experts say dogs that survive often die hours, sometimes even days, after the fight—usually of blood loss, shock, or infection.

Michael Vick is a violent sociopath who, at best, should be  locked up in an institute for the criminally insane. At the least he should be isolated from society and branded like the worst sex offender. I toyed with the thought of forcing him to volunteer at a shelter however, upon reconsideration, he is not worthy to mop up the dogs’ shit. I could go on but I think you get the idea.

Have you ever met a pit bull? I have, many of them. Not just the ones friends own but the many I work with at the shelter. Despite their reputation, they are the sweetest, gentlest dogs you could ever meet. I have, without exception, never met a mean pit bull. They are very intelligent, great around kids, and are friendly with cats. It requires extensive and horrifying abuse (including the use of  bait dogs) to change these gentle clowns into vicious fighting dogs.

The crimes committed by the savage Michael Vick and his thug accomplices are worse than the abuse of children, women or the elderly. Yes, I said that and I mean it.

Laws and other social sanctions have been established to protect people. There are special protections in place for those considered more helpless. As a society we agree on these and those who violate these standards are heir to repercussions without question. There are no such universal safeguards for “lesser” species.

“im in support of mike vick too man, wanna c him back in action being the human highlight file he is. Im with ya bro.” -Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald

The idea that the NFL would even consider, let alone give Vick his job back, is anathema. It proves that we have fallen further than the Roman Empire in terms of compromising our moral fabric to satisfy our visceral need for entertainment. Sure, we are not paying to watch men slaughter each other. However giving your money those who have committed violence on a much more savage level, or the business that pays and promotes them, is no different.

You football fans who are descrying “He did his time, now let him play” are guilty of supporting Vick’s savagery, even those who simply buy something from a company that sponsors an NFL telecast.  You may as well be throwing your money down at the fighting ring.

When I make these statements, those who are uncomfortable having their heartlessness exposed always say the same thing. “You care more about dogs than you do people!”

And they’re right. I do.

Harley

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2 responses to “Vick-timization

  1. Steven August 31, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Do you have an email address? I have questions about what I can do to stop dog fighting. I have tryed to contact authroities but they are taking it lightly. If you could offer suggestions plz email me at skeeted@rocketmail.com.

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