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NFL Has Sacked Vick

Written by PETA | August 24, 2007

Great news! The NFL has finally suspended Michael Vick indefinitely. This is following his own admission of guilt when he entered his plea today. Now urge the NFL to add cruelty to animals—in all its forms—to its personal conduct policy. We need them to hear from as many people as possible!You know, this just really makes me very happy. I’m happy because I know that this country doesn’t like dogfighting, and dogfighters had better hear that message and get out of the business. Since the Vick case ripped the lid off dogfighting, law enforcement and PETA are getting tips and leads on other cases across the country. PETA is even offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in dogfighting, and we are already working with law enforcement in a number of different jurisdictions.

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  • Maggie says:

    After reading all of the comments I think there are some really “good people” out there some really “confused people” out there and some “I don’t care people” out there. This is not about he is not the first and won’t be the last this is about stopping it forever. Yes humans fight in rings to almost death but the big difference is they made the decision…all these fighting dogs don’t have a say can’t voice their opinion or their destiny that is what the human is for. Michael Vick took it upon himself to chose if they lived or died…no human has that right be it animal or another human being. Vick has no right to resume the life of the rich and famous that he so carelessly gave up. If his NFL career meant so much to him then why didn’t he protect it and cherish it? I don’t care about his background or up bringing mine wasn’t all that great either but I sure as heck don’t think that gives me the right to take anyone’s life not even an animals. Let Vick out and let him now face his life as a felon as so many do each day. Let him go through all the hoops other felons have to go through and then lets see how tough he is. Trust me it aint easy for a felon out in this world. He doesn’t deserve any special attention or privileges he needs to disappear into the night never to be heard from again. If NFL lets him back in then I am sure the devoted NFL fans will make his life a living hell I know I will. Not test is going to make him normal or prove him normal. May he rot in hell while a pit bull slowly chews him up!!!!

  • chucyrush says:

    Anonymous Aug 207 at 815pm on this Mike Vick Issue I Have To Say To You May The Creator Bless You For having Such A Very Good Fair Nature. People We All Love The Animals But Why Is It So Hard For Us To Love Each Other? And If We Can’t Love Or Respect One Another Why Do These Americans Corporate America U.S.A. Army Etc. Magna Charta Code Union SocietyThen Why Do We Need Those People whom this Union will not tell WHO’S WHO here In This Land All About The Traety Of Peace A Friendship Between Morocco and America? So Who Is These Founders and Who Is The Aboriginal Indigenous Natural People? And Isn’t This Big Lie For AGES Racketeering Branding Another As Something They Aren’t For Their Gain? So In All Fairness One Must Should Say Mike Really Didn’t Do So Much Wrong Unless Dogs Animals Has More Rights Than Those Other Human Beings 35 Who Just Happen To Be The Real Natural Aboriginal People of this Land By A NameTitle Corprate America Will Not Tell The WORLD Here In Al Moroc Americana Etc… Civil Rights v. Civil Liberty Natural Rights v. Coloable Rights LIES V. TRUTH 911LIES V. VICK 8DOG KILLINGS… U.S.ABIG BANKERS WARS V. M.VICK 8DOGS KILLINGS And So On. You All Have A Right To Know What You DON’T KNOW. Peace

  • Sharon says:

    I would be happy if they nevered played Vick again! Anyone that kills animals also tortures them is subhuman in my book. If they felt torture themselves maybe it would sink in..maybe not though they’re pretty ignorant!

  • Rosa McCray says:

    To all you haters of mike what if God never forgave us for our wrong doings.All without sins please cast your stone or stones. I thought so.It’s ok to kill man but not a dog? whosoever wish Mike to go to HELLdon’t beat him their first.

  • samreno says:

    Vick dogfighting is unimaginable !!! Ban from the NFL forever !!! Send a clear message to these people everywhere !!!

  • Anonymous says:

    In response to S. Maurer I personally do not know anyone who thinks or feels that dog fighting is “normal”. Yessome sports may be considered violent but the people that are participating are doing so of “free will”. These poor animals have no choice in the matter!It is no different than someone throwing you in a ring with a serial killer. Do you think you have a chance? Do you think that people would find that “normal”? It is demented to find dog fighting normal. In my opinion if someone can not only watch but participate in such a revolting act there next step might be human beings!

  • Frances Bekhechi says:

    Response to nonymous’ August 24 The big difference between boxing and dogfighting is that humans have a choice.

  • Juanita R. Villarreal says:

    I hear everyone I hate what Vick did with the poor defenseless dogs who did nothing to deserve to be treated this way. I also hear a few defend the fact that football players get treated the same way BUT NO! it is NOT SO! If they get hurt it is to their approval that they signed the packet that gives them a hefty amount of money. The football players get hurt they get millions for it and live VERY LUXURIOUSLY these poor dogs dodid NOT! The ftball players do not get hurt as these poor dogs dodid so don’t even lie to everyone with that. These football players get PAID EXTREMELY LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY FOR WHICH THEY SIGN FOR THESE POOR DOGS GET SCOLDED SEVERLY AND KILLED FOR LOOSING AND DO NOT RECEIVE ONE CENT for LOOSING AS THE FTBALL PLAYERS DO. THESE DOGS DO NOT RECEIVE MONEY WHETHER THEY LOOSE OR NOT AS FTBALL PLAYERS DO. THESE DOGS DO NOT HAVE A CHOICE TO SIGN TO JOIN THIS HORRIFIC GAME THEY ARE UNWILLINGLY STUCK IN TO SATISFY THESE SICK BLOODY AND VERY PAINFUL SO UNJUSTLY CALLED SPORT OR GAME BY THESE SICK PEOPLE. SO DO NOT COMPARE THESE DOGS PLACE IN SERIOUSLY BLOODY SITUATIONS LIKE THESE TO FOOTBALL GAMES. IT DOES NOT COMPARE AT ALL NOT AN IOTA. I also want for Vick to get the the harshest jail time and never be able to get back into the NFL nor any other paying sport there is. I want all those doing the same as he to get caught too and be given the same as he in jail and treated just as bad. They deserve it Other than the SO HATED BLOODY COCK FIGHTS WHICH IS EQUAL TO DOG FIGHTING THAT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED TOO DOG FIGHTING SHOULD BE TREATED JUST AS VICK IS BEING OR WORSE THAN HE. I COMMEND NIKE WHO DUMPED HIM ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER COMPANIES WHO FOLLOWED SUIT. I COMMEND NFL FOR GETTING VICK OFF BUT NOT JUST TEMPORARILY THOUGH BUT FOR GOOD. PETA! AT THE TOP OF COMMENDATIONS I COMMEND REGARDLESS OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST WITH THOSE WHO DID INJUSTICE AS MENTIONED IN ONE OF THE COMMENTS ABOVE FOR WHICH I TOO AM NOT TOO PROUD AT ALL OF. HOWEVER NOW THEY ARE WITH GUILT MAKING A COMPLETE TURNAROUND BY PROTECTING THESE DEFENSELESS ANIMALS WHO DESERVE ALL THE LOVE WE HUMANS CAN GIVE THEM.

  • bonita johnson says:

    It is upsetting and unfortunate that Micheal Vick did something so stupid out of his own ignorance. However a dream he did work hard for has been stripped from him and he has been villainized in society. He is clearly humiliated. From this experience he could of ran away in shame but he went to Peta to LEARN about animal empathy out of his free will. With that said All you people who are ready to crucify a man who grew up in poverty neglect and ignorace where dog fighting is the “norm”. Forgive him because there will be one day you mess up big time. Now is a time to forgive and move on. This man has been through enough to learn that what he did is wrong. Karma will bite all you mean spirited people in the ass! Mark my words. Forgive and let this man go from your own blood lust.

  • reggis says:

    everybody makes a mistake so vick made one all who are against him yall probably done did something even worse. i love you vick.

  • marco says:

    i don’t agree with dog fighting i had four dogs pitbulls to be exact and love them all because to me they were my childern but whats good for the goose is also good for the gander. u have people hunting and killing animals everyday and also slaughter houses and u call that right people just make the book up as they go along don’t just make a stand for dogs lets make it for all of mankind so people don’t just be one sided on this one issue it is only fare to fight for all.

  • Brigette says:

    Wow.GOD forgives us we can forgive Vick people make mistakes. I seen some one wrote Vick rot in hell… Thats just crazy !!! Stop the hate.. just by u hating him makes u NO better.We don’t have to like what he done. what he did was hateful and gross. The law took care of it and justice was done. Peace love and forever bliss .. VeganDream!!

  • Dan Faulkner says:

    I wish they would give Michael Vick a lifetime ban from the NFL. Dogfighting is a business that representes the dark side of life and the NFL certaintly doesn’t need a convicted felon of this crime representing ANY team. I also think the law should prosecute to the furthest extent and use him as an example for any other dogfighting rings or people involved with these hanus acts. This is not Micheal Vick’s first run in with the law and that should be taken into consideration also. I just want Micheal Vick to go away in prison and leave civilized life to the rest of us.

  • Anonymous says:

    suspended great!!!! i agree this scum actually not only deserves to rot in jail and be dropped from the NFL never to work in the real world again! But deserves for the entire NFL players to run over him all in a crowd!

  • Gutweiler. says:

    Anthony my mom is the one who got killed by Leonard Little. But there is a difference here. He was given a second chance because it was an accident. He was drunk driving which was wrong but the killing was not intentional. If he had stabbed my mother to death do you think he’d be playing in the NFL? No. If Michael Vick had been drunk driving and hit the dog resulting in his death he would have been given a second chance as well. What he did was deliberate not a consequence.

  • WHITNEY says:

    THANK GOD! I DO THINK THE PUNISHMENT IS A LIL TO LITE TO BE HONEST. I THINK HE DESERVES TO BE TREATED THE SAME WAY HE TREATED THOSE DOGS. IT MAKES ME SICK TO THINK ABOUT WHAT HE DID. MENTAL HELP IS WHAT HE NEEDS. ARENT THE FIRST SIGNS OF A SEIRAL KILLER TORTURING ANIMALS? BURN IN HELL MICHAEL VICK!

  • Anonymous says:

    How can anyone be so cruel to a living creature!!!

  • anitao says:

    Yes send Vick to Iraq the Recruiters are looking for a few more Troops.

  • SW says:

    I am amazed at the hatred reflected in some of these comments! I am always in enlightened by other people’s opinions and thoughts. I respect that all of our individual experiences have shaped our opinions. I hope that my comments are read with an open mind as well and provide insight on the perspective of Vicks case being a racial issue. What Vick did was illegal. Whether you think that it was right or wrong does not matter in this country it is illegal. Therefore it is just for him to accept the consequences of his sentencing for the crime that he committed. This should not vary because of race profession sex money power etc. Unfortunately the variables listed above have played a role in our justice system for hundreds of years in favor of white male citizens. For instance there are statistics illustrating that currently black people receive more time in jail than their white counterparts for committing the exact same crimes. Furthermore the media and the “public court” react differently to a white person than a minority person committing a crime. Do you all remember Timothy McVeigh and the hundreds of Americans that died because of his senseless bombing? At that time it was the largest act of terrorism in American history. Even with his conviction people cried on television forgave him and said that he did not deserve to be executed because he was a good man that had served his country and deserved a second chance. There was not a barrage of hate crimes against white men in this country. However after 911 there were many instances in which anyone who even looked like they were Muslim were terrorized and beaten. Muslim businesses were boycotted and Arab children were harassed at school. I had Muslim friends express that they did not feel comfortable being outside. After the Oklahoma bombing still the deadliest incident of domestic terrorism none of my white friends expressed that they felt uncomfortable leaving their homes or shared stories about people yelling that they were unpatriotic and needed to go back to Europe since they do not like Americans. I did not read any reports in which white people were beaten and suffered as the victims of hate crimes. This example demonstrates how people and the media react differently to a crime based on who the criminal is. Harvard conducted a study on this type of bias and concluded that people relate to other people that they consider “like them” differently than people that are not like them. Empathy is given to those that we think are like us. This is no different than the mother who shows compassion for her child hitting someone at the playground and does not discipline her child but wants another child to be disciplined for the same behavior toward her child. With this information reflect on the fact that majority of the people in this country are white therefore when a white person does something bad more people in this country have sympathy for him. While when a black person commits a crime the same sympathy is not shown by the public. Secondly the majority of the lawmakers and lobbyist are white and for many years they were all white men. As a result whose interest do you think has always been protected? The people making the rules protect their interest hence white people. As we were all taught in this democratic society majority rules. Since we are discussing animals consider the fact that hunting is legal. In short shooting some animals for pure sport is legal in this country. How ironic is it that Vick is going to be sentenced to jail for dog fighting yet our Vice President is not charged for anything for shooting a person because he was trying to shoot an animal. I am not arguing that Vick should not go to jail. As I stated in the beginning his actions are illegal. I am merely pointing out the irony. These are the discrepancies in our country that many white people do not recognize and feel as if Black people are playing the “race card” when they mention it. As an AfricanAmerican young lady I read the comments that say that Vick should rot in hell and never be allowed to play in the NFL again and wonder why the same sentiments are not expressed when a woman is raped and murdered? I also question why teachers and priest who molest or abuse children have been give second chances and allowed to work with children again. In my opinion that is insane! I question why some people can commit crimes and be pardoned and others are deemed unforgivable. So “no” we are not asking for Vick or any other black person to be given special treatment. We are only asking as we always have to be treated equally and give the same respect that others are given. SW

  • Your Name Here says:

    Its bad that he did that to those dogs. He shouldnt be allowed close to any dogs. But its Michael Vick just let him play his game and get over the dogs. Give the dogs to a good home. sheesh.

  • Bryant says:

    You guys need to calm down and leave Michael Vick alone. You all seem to overlook all the time and money Michael Vick has spent on underprivileged kids in his and other neighborhoods. Michael Vick as done a lot of good for people but you guys totally overlook these things after one mistake. Is everyone not entitled to a second chance? Additionally PETA seems to have a problem with understanding the difference between a dog and a person. I have a dog and I love him but he is still a DOG. I don’t think you guys understand that ANIMALS ARE INFERIOR TO PEOPLE. Yes Michael Vick committed a crime but he didnt rape someones’ child kill a human being injure a human being or steal from someone all of which are committed on an hourly basis in America alone. Is molesting someone’s precious child not more heinous than killing a DOG? With BILIONS of PEOPLE suffering from disease hunger ruthless genocide and poverty around the world how could you possibly worry about a few DOGS being killed? I believe that if you guys spent just one day in the shoes of these people oh wait these people can’t even afford shoes then maybe you would divert your attention away from animals and on to something more important. ANIMALS ARE NOT EQUAL TO PEOPLE PERIOD. Yes animal cruelty is bad but if you put more emphasis on the protection of animals over the well being of people you are mentally insane! If you haven’t picked it up yet my overall message is to keep your priorities strait. Michael Vick should serve the time he is given and then he should be forgiven and allowed back into the NFL. Is that not the intent our forefathers had for our justice system? In America we rehabilitate people we don’t seek revenge. If you guys want to make yourselves equals with dogs thats fine I will just treat you like the inferior dogs that you are.

  • Gino from Philadelphia, PA says:

    Everone it doesn’t matter what color a person killing and torturing animals for sport IS NOT OK. anyone who doesn’t understand that killing animals is criminal and criminals should be lock up is a moron. Let’s forget about Vick’s color he’s an animal who needs to be in a cage…and for all the people who wants to make this a racial thing get over it. Playing the race card is getting real old. be accountable for your actions. Vick knew and took chances for years killing and fighting pitbulls. Does anyone who makes $100 million a year have to partake in such an inhumane thing? GO TO JAIL VICK DO NOT PASS GO DO NOT COLLECT $100 MILLION DOLLARS!

  • Lisa says:

    I LOVE PETA! I pray to God that I will be fortunate enough to work undercover for them someday. Many topics that PETA covers are very close to my heart. I have a temper so I’m choosing my words carefully. For ANYONE to say that DOG FIGHTING is their CULTURE is a very uneducated thing to say. I am emberassed for you. I have many African American friends some own Pitt Bulls. They LOVE them. They adopted them from the shelter. Some are a Pitt mix. They would NEVER agree with fighting dogs or any other animals. We are not talking about Rodney King but since you brought it up and you said that PETA should be fighting other things than animal rights. I will respond. If it weren’t for PETA it would be a country of chaos. In MY Bible it basically says “You are to animals as God is to you.” There are some other passages talking about us protecting animals taking care of God’s creatures. There are even some references to animals going to Heaven. So animals MUST be important to God. As for Rodney King It’s a sad thing when people hurt others. It’s unacceptable. But we have the legal system to deal with those kind of law breakers. As for the animals they don’t have many organizations powerful enough to accomplish tasks and make sure that the LAWS are followed except PETA. That all aside the CURRENT LAW states that dog fighting is ILLEGAL! The law doesn’t say It’s illegal for everyone except African Americans. Or NFL players. It seems that several African Americans jump on the side of the African American that has broke the LAW! What does that say about YOU? Who is the one that is color blind? REALLY! If my decendants American Indians Whitedad’s from Arkansas and I do not think like THAT! Italians my grandpa was full Italian.. According to MY background I’d be scalping people joining the KKK Hunting oh and in the Mafia. How does that SOUND to YOU? I hope it sounds rediculous! I LOVE animals. I would never hurt anyone bc of their race I would never go hunting. I pray to God that I am never so blind or one sided. I know that I am a bit protective of the Native Americans bc from what I’ve been told read studied I believe that they are still unable to flourish. I believe this NFL player must have very low morals. VERY LOW respect. Respect for ANIMALS the LAW. HOW can ANYONE stand around and watch two dogs use their INSTINCTS against each other! The OWNERS of the dog’s have NOT ACCOMPLISHED A THING! They simply own an animal place bets and it doesn’t even upset these people when their dog gets chewed up. They think it’s weak so they leave it to lay there suffering alone while it slowly dies. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD DO THAT! Animal fights have gone on as long as history. But HUMANS are suppose to have evolved. If these kind of people can laugh bet money spend $5000 on a dog or more and the dog loses they’re not going to be broke. These guys are MILLIONAIRES! SUPPOSE to be ROLE MODELS! They DO NOT NEED THE MONEY! Maybe they should get a heart and spend their money to help others instead of destroying animals. SO many people in the USA and around the world NEED HELP. That money would be better spent on Oprah’s Angel Network! Or any other worthy cause. I pray that we will not see COLOR in these battles. But we SEE what is crystal clear. God’s TRUTHS! We MUST UNITE. I’m SORRY that there are prejudice people out there. In my heart mind soul we are equals. We should help each other and other worthy causes. I don’t think we should stand up for someone that is cruel heartless and broke the law and for NO REASON! It’s not like he had an accident! Or a drug addiction. I can sympathize with those issues. Not that I’ve done either. I strongly believe that this country MUST UNITE! We MUST STOP hurting other races and do what is RIGHT. We NEED to stand TOGETHER NOW more than ever! UNITED WE STAND! DIVIDED WE FALL! I’ve been a professional horse trainer my entire life. I have been offered positions at the highest levels and SEEN the cruelty. I am starting my OWN show circuit and it will just the opposite as what is going on now.

  • D. Knight says:

    The suspension really isn’t as big a deal as everyone would like to believe it is. All it means is that the NFL is attempting to make the public think that it cares when in reality it doesn’t. They’ve done stuff like this since the beginning. Maybe if people chose to not go to an NFL game buy their goods or give them the highest ratings on T.V. then they might listen. As for the suspension it is a huge slap in the face of animals caring humans alike. Sorry to sound so blunt but that’s me holding back. So fot those of you that say “Oh that’s great!” remember it’s their way the NFL of saying “Oh shut up you cry babies.” nothing more. If you want the NFL anybody else for that matter to listen then you have to go for what really hurts themTHEIR WALLETS THEIR LIVELIHOOD THE THINGS THEY CARE ABOUT.

  • Anonymous says:

    It is called sin that people do on a day to day basis. We are also forgiven for them if we are to repent. he is a human being that made abig mistake. he is also being punished for it. instead of people bashing him we should stand behind a man that has done a lot more good than bad. we are so quick to judge. But remeber you are not God.

  • clarissa says:

    i belive he needed to be held accountable for his actions but i belive every nfl player should be accountable for their acations to but it does not happen that way if it did we would not have that many players

  • pivot says:

    I have owned pit bulls for 23 years and i feel deep pain for any animal who feels pain but when people fight pit’s it drives me crazy. People ask me if i fight my pit and i always respond ” I fight for myself “.I am a vegetarian. I try to buy all house hold products that are animal friendlyand i don’t buy leather or anything that was alive but when i hear about dog fighting it makes me want to kill some one.

  • Martha Carrey says:

    MICHAEL VICK IS A BAD MAN…. TO SAY THE LEAST! to pick on cute innocent dogs for fun just makes me sick. what kind of person seeks entertainment in killing dogs?!? this man deserves to be behind bars for a long time and off the football field for the rest of his years on earth!!!

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