Let’s Not Fight!

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Hello to Everyone,

Hooray! We had a 1/2 inch of rain a couple of days ago (first we had to clean out the cobwebs in our rain gauge!). We have a LONG way to go to break the drought in South Texas, but at least it is something.

A couple of weeks ago, Michael Vick was interviewed on 60 Minutes after his release from prison for dog fighting. I watched the interview, and it has taken me awhile to figure out what I wanted to say about it.

I am a football fan, and Michael Vick was a joy to watch on the field with his athleticism and grace. So, I was outraged, appalled, disgusted, and any number of other adjectives to learn he was involved in dog fighting. That an individual who has been so blessed would take part in such an inhumane activity was beyond my understanding.

I was and still am extremely skeptical about his stated desire to help animals and to guide young people away from dogfighting. But, I agree with Wayne Pacelle of the HSUS that we have a unique opportunity to use Michael Vick’s life experience and celebrity to talk to these at risk kids with a credibility that no one else has.

I hope Michael Vick is truly remorseful and sincere in his work with the HSUS. I guess only time will tell.


Sep 02, 2009 | 1 | animal welfare, Dog Behavior