I am in sheer rejoicing as it appears that Atlanta Falcon quarterback Michael Vick is going to plead guilty for his role in the great dogfighting caper. And it looks like he will serve roughly about one year as a guest of the federal government.
Now some would say that it is too much to actually put some one in federal prison for dogfighting. After all, it is a dumb animal and so what if he finished the dog off with a beating when hanging a fighting dog who lost a fight? Others would say that his animal, particular dog murder is a bad crime and that even the sentence that he will receive is not enough.
I for one believe in animal welfare, not animal rights. Thus, Mr. Vick clearly showed no welfare for a defenseless animal, or numerous dogs, for what he did in training the dogs to fight each other and when they lose, kill them.
At the end of the day, what this shows is that animal abusers like Mr. Vick and company are nothing but cowards. The only reason that Mr. Vick is pleading guilty is because his co-conspirators fell like a deck of cards, taking any deal that the feds offered and all pointing the finger to Mr. Vick.
It is not manly to take a dog, more than likely pit bull terriers, train it to fight to the death if for the sick entertainment of men who are not men, and when it loses to kill it in such a brutal manner. I mean, if the poor dog does not die from the hanging, beat the bitch or bastard to death. A real man-NOT!
As an aside, because of Mr. Vick and his cronies, they have perpetuated the myth that all pit bulls are bad dogs. They are bad when they are trained to be bad. Many pit bulls that I have encountered at our local dog park when we take our dog have been the friendliest and sweetest dogs in the whole park. I take Warren Eckstein's word about the fate of the pit bull http://thepetshow.com over excitable politicians who get excited about when there is a case of pit bulls doing bad things. They are trained to do it.
If Mr. Vick was a real man, when he was charged with his dastardly acts, he would have pleaded out then. But, he waited until he was the last "man" standing to plead out his case. And of course he offered the mandatory apology and the like. I believe they are called crocodile tears.
Now here is a real novel sentence for Mr. Vick and his cronies. How about a crew of the dogs that they trained to fight be put on them to do as they please. Maybe they will see what they hath wrought. But I doubt it.
Mr. Vick will serve time and probably be cut from the Atlanta Falcons, just in time for the opening weekend in September. But a man, a real man, he is not.