Friday, November 19, 2010

What is More Important -- Dogs or a Person?

In the "dog meat" post, the Korean stated that Michael Vick got a raw deal for serving 18 months for running a dog fighting ring. And now, prominent sportswriters like Gregg Easterbrook and Bill Simmons seem to be agreeing with the Korean. The latest sportswriter joining the camp is Rick Reilly, and his article makes the point the clearest:
I'm just not sure what people want Michael Vick to do.

Quit football? Return to prison? Drown himself in the same lake where he and his crew used to drown dogs? Would he be forgiven then?

Now that Vick is having an eye-bugging season for the Philadelphia Eagles -- 11 touchdowns, zero interceptions, four starts, four wins, one "Monday Night Football" jersey sent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- it seems only to have torqued off dog lovers worse.

"If it were up to me, they would have locked him up and thrown away the key," blogged Sumo Pop recently.

As if 18 months in Leavenworth, and six more in a halfway house, aren't punishment enough.

"Michael Vick should give half of his … salary to animal rights groups," Liz McGowin wrote on

As if losing $100 million and three years in the prime of his career wasn't steep enough.

"Michael Vick is a Sociopathic Dog-Torturing, Dog-Maiming, Dog-Drowning, Dog-Electrocuting Pile of S---," somebody posted on Vick's Twitter page Thursday. Vick's Twitter page was running about half against him this week -- until it was frozen for "suspicious activity."

As if being judged and humiliated in front of the world isn't shame enough.


How can you not admire how this man has remade himself?

Before prison, Vick used to be the last one into the locker room and the first one out. After prison, he's just the opposite. No Eagle prepares harder.

Before prison, he practically drove ruts in the McDonald's drive-thru lane. After prison, he's a chicken-and-broccoli guy.

Before prison, the only film room he hit much was the home theater in his Atlanta mansion. After prison, he has become a freak for studying game film of the opponent. Gollum sees more daylight.
Time to forgive Vick is here []

The Korean said that the ridiculously long sentence for Vick was motivated by the fact that dogs (as opposed to any other animals) were involved. Vick was sentenced more than 4 times than he was supposed to get, and was bankrupted in the process. He has been a model citizen since.

If you still despise Vick, ask yourself this: do you care more about dogs, or a person? Because if you can more about a person, you cannot possibly despise someone who redeemed himself so successfully and thoroughly. America would be lucky if prison time rehabilitates people like it did Vick. But if you care about dogs more, you won't care. And you will be a sick sociopath far worse than Vick ever was, utterly lacking in any moral compass -- because you are a sellout to your fellow human being.

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  1. Doesn't it make you wonder if Vick would have changed this much if he weren't in the spotlight? He has a lot riding on his image more now than ever, so he needs to take the extra precautions.

    But who knows, maybe his "change" is genuine.

  2. Good point, The Korean. People cloth and pamper their dogs, yet can't manage spare to give spare change to a hobo. His crime was bad, but this dog-loving nation is simply exaggerating the issue.

  3. ya but it is not my responsibility to take care of every hobo that asks for change? Haha so you rationalize how we treat animal cruelty based on your nations or your own views on self gratification? What erks most people off is how he bankrolled his whole dog fighting circle with money made from NFL revenue. How he raised animals from birth only to destroy them when they didn't live up to the responsibilities they bestowed on the animal. I like the fact that he has change his image but an image is just an image. I don't know if he truly is a better person but for you to think that his time was to long is a joke. The man had a gold mine before and he knew he wold have a gold mine after. Please do not move to my area because I am afraid that your lack of humanity would rub off on my nice upscale community =) hahahah

  4. I'm sorry, but I do not find it wise to justify hurting any creature for sick pleasure, entertainment, or for monetary gain. While I do agree that it is likely that the level of hatred towards Vick was largely influenced due to the fact that he abused dogs as opposed to any other animal, I still believe that his blatant disregard towards the well-being of a creature dependent upon his care is both disgusting and deserving of social consequence. Of course, the same goes for all who choose to abuse animals. We were not given the companionship of animals as an avenue to inflict abuse, neglect, and murder upon them; therefore, I feel that Vick's punishment was only a minor slap on the wrist for willfully abusing a gift from God.

  5. The man did his time, let him get on with his life.

  6. technically he wasn't sentenced for dog fighting. He was sentenced for tax reasons. Interstate business and not being able to pay taxes. In the court of public opinion it was about the dogs, all though I agree if the fact that they were dogs increased the sentence then it's a shame

  7. Forgiveness just isn't as cool and satisfying as never-ending, vengeance-seeking hatred of a straw man arch-nemesis.

  8. What Vick did was horrible. But would people be changing their minds about him if he came back to the NFL and started to suck? I don't think so.

    I also think that our justice system is too unforgiving. Once the people get out of prison, they can't find jobs anywhere because they have a criminal record. This leaves crime as the only option remaining, thus starting a never ending cycle.

    Information about spending time in prison should be legally confidential for all jobs, excluding those in law enforcement or government, or in professions affected by the particular crime...

    (someone who was a bank robber shouldn't be allowed to become a bank teller once he's out, for instance).

    I was never really down on Vick in the first place, and I thought it was very hypocritical that everyone in the country went after him when we freely eat meat and its byproducts produced in factory farms.

    In the case of dog fighting, each dog actually has a fighting chance of surviving. In factory farms, there is no chance of surviving, and the entire lives of the animals is miserable.

    I also don't know for sure, but it would seem to me a huge waste if the dogs fought to the death. Raising a dog takes a lot of time and money. You'd think after one of the dogs has clearly won, they'd break the fight up and let both dogs recover. But I don't know for sure.

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  10. "America would be lucky if prison time rehabilitates people like it did Vick."

    This is a pretty powerful point. With regard to the rest of your commentary, the majority of Americans would be hardpressed to say that they value humans more than animals. Ask a group of people who they would save if they saw their dog and an unknown human drowning in a lake. I would venture to guess that many people, more than half, would say they'd save the dog.

  11. "I also think that our justice system is too unforgiving. Once the people get out of prison, they can't find jobs anywhere because they have a criminal record. This leaves crime as the only option remaining, thus starting a never ending cycle."

    This isn't true. Assuming that you're talking about felons, there are employers that intentionally hire felons because they're cheap labor. But crime probably pays more.

  12. To me, putting an animal down by drowning is different than via an injection or a gunshot to the head. On the other hand, the Humane Society (or is it the ASPCA?) seems to think the guy's rehabilitated himself, and they have lots of experience with these sorts things. So I'm willing to go along with their judgment. I hope he really is reformed.

  13. Fern,

    Ask a group of people who they would save if they saw their dog and an unknown human drowning in a lake. I would venture to guess that many people, more than half, would say they'd save the dog.

    The scary part is that you might be right. When it comes to dogs, Americans just lose their goddamn minds. It is utterly baffling.

  14. The man paid for his crimes (and then some). Leave him alone and let him do what he does best (unless he's playing against a team I like).

  15. Most people who have committed a federal offense and incarcerated on their records can't get a job, nor do they legally have a right to vote. Yet Vick gets to go back to making millions. Just doesn't seem right. Just doesn't.

  16. Animal rights (like abortion) is one of those irrational causes that seems to attract Western people. I lived in East Asia (Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia) for 10 years. As far as I know, East Asian people (Japanese, Chinese, etc.) are not attracted to these kind of flaky causes. This is one aspect of East Asia I truly appreciate.

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  18. What Vick did to get himelf into prison is disgusting.

    What Vick has done since prison deserves people getting off his back. Hopefully this change is permanent.

    People being able to change is what gives us hope.

  19. txnycgirl25 -- So the penalty for a federal offense is not simply incarceration, but ruination of the whole life? Shouldn't people applaud successful rehabilitation, instead of calling for more blood? Again, what is more important -- dogs or a person?

  20. What is more important -- dogs or a person? Actually both. It is only human arrogance that places themselves above other forms of life. The human race will never attain a 'better' level of existence till it recognizes that all life is equally important. That said revenge won't achieve that either. The man has certainly served his time and IF his rehabilitation has been successful it is certainly worth applauding. His crime was a grevious one though and the Korean's lack of compassion for life depending on what form of life you are talking about is quite the irony. When it comes to moral compasses the Korean may want to check his. By the way if a human and dog were drowning in a lake I would try to save both of them. There was an error in my first post, which I now corrected, so I am sending this a second time.


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