Years ago I volunteered for an animal shelter that had a special program to keep dogs in domestic violence situations. As a soc/psych grad I thought this was brilliant. Often, abusers start by torturing small animals, graduate to family pets, then children and spouses. This program would allow a family, when the abuser is put behind bars, to get their dog back.
Today I received an email from Cesar Milan Inc. saying that Michael Vick, who ran a dog fighting enterprise and had dogs killed, should get a second chance.
I disagree. It’s not enough for Mr. Vick to participate in a violent sport, NFL football. He had to engage in more violent enterprises in his time off. If he doesn’t care about the well-being of “man’s best friend” he is a dangerous individual who needs lifetime counseling (that won’t do anything) and monitoring.
Pit bulls, cock fights, are all monstrous activities that are considered “sport” to a specialized segment of our communities. Perhaps it’s wounded people, emotionally damaged, that like watching specially bred animals to fight to the death because they’ve never been in control of their own lives.
I won’t go to a rodeo or horse race, instead help shelter animals and ferals. In this case I believe that Michael Vick, removed from court time served to advocate for animals, will go back to being Michael Vick, animal cruelty specialist. And watch out for his family, as once frustrated in his desire to see animals kill each other, his family is next so Animal Control should be contacting the social services department right about now. Not happy about this, Dee