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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Up to the minute, Update on Vick

This post should cover everything up to the last hurrah

A tangled trail behind Vick
News looks at issues surrounding the case
BY CHRISTIAN RED in Newport News, Va. and T.J. QUINN in New York DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Sunday, August 26th 2007, 8:54 AM

Read full text of Vick plea agreement
Read full text of Summary of Facts in Vick case
Vick co-defendant Quanis Phillip's "Summary of the Facts"
Vick co-defendant Purnell Peace's "Summary of the Facts"
Read full text of Michael Vick indictment
Michael Vick Video Package
Will Vick play in the NFL again? As much as it might disgust him, Frank R. Ascione understands what draws people to blood sports like dog fights, where the crowd cheers dogs tearing into each others' faces and necks, spraying sand pits with blood.
"Obviously there's one element of the excitment of a fight to the death that people are sometimes attracted to," says Ascione, a professor of psychology at Utah State University and the author of several books on animal cruelty. "But then when you look at the people who go to a dog fight, you have other people motivated by other things. Some are there for the gambling, others who want to see the blood, others who are looking to make a drug deal, others trying to build a reputation."

1 comment:

Animal Chaplain said...

I am delighted the blogging community is talking about animal abuse and animal cruelty. Hopefully, that will raise awareness. However...

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

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, AnimalChaplains.com