I've been avoiding the Michael Vick/dog fighting/animal cruelty story but I just can't ignore it any longer.
When my husband read to me from some of the news stories (I will admit that I saw the headlines but I chose to not read them because I knew they would upset me. Head in the sand much? Yeah.) the accounts of what Vick and his cronies "allegedly" did to those dogs I felt ill. Physically, horribly nauseous. But I felt rage most of all. A terrible anger and hate for this man who is a superstar in his chosen profession, a public figure for chrissakes, and the three other fingered in this case who perpetrated this horrible act - the gruesome death of an unknown number of dogs and the abuse of many others in the name of "sport" and gambling.
Am I gunning for a guilty verdict? Oh, you betcha.
If he indeed knew of what was happening on his property and was an active participant I hope Vick gets the maximum sentence. My perfect wish is that he rots in jail, but I know that won't happen. Why? Because they're just animals.
(She says as she chokes on her own words.)
(Well, not my own words but the words I've heard uttered more often than I would care to mention.)
(Alright, I'm done with the parenthetical asides now.)
Our legal system has never been particularly kind to our four-legged friends - but the times, they are a-changing. The high profile of Vick draws attention to this blood-sport called dogfighting (You can read a copy of the indictment here). This abuse of dogs is rampant, my friends. Training dogs, through horrifying abuse, to kill each other for the amusement of the spectators is inexcusable, inhumane and inhuman. Did Vick really believe that he could get away with this just because he was a star in the NFL? I hope he spends his time in prison mourning the loss of his career and his soul because I believe he'll have plenty of time to do so.
(I told myself I was going to be as fair in this post as possible but I just can't.)
(I also said no more parentheses. Sorry.)
I'm not going to go into detail about the charges filed against Michael Vick and his three co-defendants because just uttering the words "rape stand" sends my stomach into convulsions and makes the bile rise in my throat. If you feel the same way you CAN do something.
It might not work, however, it just might.
And if you'd like to do more reading on this case, and I suggest that you do, you can start with this article on dogfighting at CNN.com.
If you're into the legal-ese of this case, try this article at AnimalBlawg.
If you'd like to know about some of the equipment used to train these dogs to kill, like the Rape Stand mentioned above, then read this article at Slate.com (it's fairly PG rated, but it kills me that a rape stand is not illegal).
What do you think about all this? Do you think that Vick will be suspended by the NFL? Do you think he should be suspended, even though he has not been found guilty of any crime as of yet or do you think that the NFL should follow the American legal system philosophy of "innocent until proven guilty"? This is an open forum, friends. I may have my opinion but I like to listen to all sides of an argument. Not that it will change my mind but I like a good sharing of ideas and opinions.
So, what do you think?