Tuesday, August 7, 2007

All I'm going to say about Michael Vick

Sounds like people think it's OK for black people to be assholes in the 21st century because a bunch of white people were assholes in the 20th.

Race is irrelevant in the NFL; if Tom Brady was being investigated by the feds for, oh, say, something he and Ms. Bundchen were smuggling in from South America, Goodell would suspend him.

And no one has mentioned Marcus Vick. Not sure what the Vick family structure is, but if they were white farm kids, one brother abusing animals and one brother assaulting people, I'd say the adults responsible for their upbringing didn't teach them right from wrong. 9 times out of 10 I'd be right.


The Vegas Art Guy said...

There is something wrong with a person when they think dogfighting is a good hobby to persue.

Where was his dad when he was a kid anyway?

Thought so...

Animal Chaplain said...

Lots of anger on the web about Michael Vick. Hopefully all that energy we are putting out there creates something positive in the long run...

It is disturbing to think a certain percentage of the population is honestly going to be swayed by Michael Vick's "enlightenment" carefully crafted by his overpaid attorneys. Call me a cynic, but I don't believe a man who has been allegedly torturing animals since childhood coincidentally has a religious epiphany as a result of getting caught and losing his job.

If there is anything good about the Michael Vick story, it is that there is an emerging increased awareness about animal cruelty and animal fighting. However...

I think it is a sad commentary that we, as a culture, are using the Vick story to compare "What's worse?" "What's worse", we ask, "carelessly fathering illegitimate children, or dogfighting?". "Dogfighting or gambling?" "Dogfighting or rape?" "Dogfighting or racism?" "Dogfighting or hateful nationalism?" "Dogfighting or (fill in the blank)....?" The comparisons to dogfighting have been endless.

Dogfighting is one more piece of evidence our country is in need of a spiritual transformation (please note I said spiritual and not necessarily religious). Animals are sentient beings - they feel pain, and they suffer, just like we do. They are not more important, or less important than human beings, but like human beings, they are important, too.

Every major faith teaches its followers to be responsible stewards of animals and the Earth. Please help us get the word out that caring for animals, just like caring for people, is an important part of just being a decent person and citizen. If we make this a priority, there will be no more dogfighting horror stories, and no more pointless comparisons of evils. Let us all rise, together, to be better people than we are today, shall we?

Chaplain Nancy Cronk
Founder, www.AnimalChaplains.com