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One more fight for Vick’s dogs?

Written by PETA | August 28, 2007

This week, Vick’s dogs became the “property” of federal authorities, which means that they are no longer legally required to be held as they have since April, awaiting what is widely accepted as the only safe and humane fate for dogs bred, raised and trained to kill each other and other animals: a painless release from this world. Some people are saying “we must save the Vick dogs!” That sounds good, but let’s think for a minute. These dogs are not only hot fighting stock but a hot “star” commodity and will always be in danger of being stolen. For four months now, they have gone stir crazy in cages at animal control agencies around Virginia. Because they can’t be trusted to be around each other or any other animals, they are isolated, kept in solitary confinement, 24/7. Although this has likely been the only time in their sad lives when humans have shown them any kindness, life in a cage is no life. Some people have gone as far as to suggest that the dogs should have their teeth removed so that they can stay alive. Warehousing and mutilating these dogs is not the answer; it’s cruelty. Keeping them solitary and caged for the rest of their lives, no matter if in a “sanctuary” pen or in a pen in a yard, won’t be much different from how they spent their non-fighting time on Vick’s property. In this case, we must not only think about what makes us feel good. We have to think carefully about these dogs, the other animals, too, and perhaps children, who could well be at risk if “the Vick dogs” are released. Let’s also think about the tens of thousands of homeless dogs languishing in animal shelters at this very moment who desperately need our attention—the thousands upon thousands of dogs who can actually be walked or run in a dog park without fear of a mauling or worse; who are social and happy-go-lucky and won’t have to be kept isolated for life due to the unpredictable behavior that results from abuse.

Every day that these dogs remain in kennels at animal shelters is a day of increased euthanasia rates for the potentially adoptable animals that the shelters must put to death for lack of space. There is only so much space, and resources are limited. May I humbly suggest that instead of raising hell and raising money to try to “rehabilitate” these dogs, and instead of flying to Virginia to “save the Vick dogs,” we do less “heroic” but even more important things to save dogs’ lives. When it comes to euthanasia, every day’s real world choice is of which not if—making the choice to demand that fighting dogs be “saved” is a soothing fantasy, more about public relations and, in some obvious cases, about fundraising, than about truly helping the most dogs in the most productive ways. If you have been tempted to join the call to “save the Vick dogs,” please think about sponsoring a spay surgery instead. That simple wonderful act will prevent the births of countless homeless dogs who will never have to be “saved” because they will never be homeless, thanks to you. Or call your local open-admission shelter and find out how else you can get involved. It makes more sense and helps more dogs.

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  • AAIRHEAD445 says:

    THIS MANN IS GUILTYY!!…… hes stupid barbaric idiot that needs to get a life !!

  • peta-pan says:

    even if mike did it he still deserves to be forgiven. just for you to say that he doesn’t is sad because GOD has already forgiven him. hasn’t he forgiven you for things you’ve done and is still doing. all sin is rated the same so if GOD forgives him why in the world wouldn’t you. and why put animals before people. these are not poodles we are talking about these are killers of human beings. m. vick is not the person that you petray him to be. we all have issues because no body is perfect so get over it and move on to things that are more important than this. peta lets take action on people killing alligators for their skin bears foxes sheep tigers and other animals for their fur even dogs. elephants are one of the smartest animals their is and they are killing them to make ivory out of their tusk come on get real people this is more heartbreaking than pitbulls being tortured. they are on t.v. shooting and killing birds deers and other animals for a sport. i don’t see nowhere in the bible where it says that dogs are more important than the other animals so come on lets fight for all of them peta. now what i have read in the bible is not to feed a dog scraps from your table so lets put a end to it people and treat dogs like dogs. m. vick may have to go to prison for a while its okay if he does but one thing i know is that he will come back stronger than before because he is a strong and powerful good black man and you will not be able to take that away from him believe it…………..REMEMBER HE LED AN ENTIRE FOOTBALL TEAM WITH THEIR ASSISTANCE BUT THAT REALLY MADE HIM EXTRA SPECIAL.

  • Joshua Harman says:

    If it is a racist issue then the problem is a with an entire race. That is not the case. We are dealing with a selfabsorbed idiot who wishes to see life destroy itself in front of his eyes. The man guilty for this deserves no forgiveness and I hope to see him prosecuted to the fullest. Those without respect for life should be disciplined to the fullest. I hope he suffers greatly emotionally or otherwise.

  • peter-pan says:

    to pam anderson’s lover i only called those women names because they were calling me stupid and all other things that were discusting. that’s why i responded that way. so don’t called me ignorant because of my comments towards those people i know i did push it but they went to far also. i do apologize for being disrespectful but i had the right to say that it is a racist issue regarding mike. i said it then and i say it now that those dogs were trained by white people a long time ago way before blacks knew anything about it so why be so harsh towards m. vick about a vicious breed of dogs that had already been trained to be that way. m. vick is being attack because of the color of his skin and because he is the richest black man in Atlanta and you know you can’t stand it because he was getting it honestly not like yall stealing and taking it dishonestly.

  • peter-pan says:

    jack i wrote about the lady that had to through her precious little baby in the trash can to keep a pitbull from chewing him into pieces instead of her letting the dog eat her baby she had to endure the pain of thst vicious dog eating her flesh but you wouldn’t post that why? why haven’t their been any talk about that. i thought that would be what peta would be about also not just protecting dogs but people too especially children from these viscous monsters. to all of you that think i’m living in the past about racism get over it because look at what happened after KATRINA and what is going on in JENA LOUISIANA and THE MICHAEL VICKS ALL OVER THE WORLD it is self explainatory that racism is rising but its okay because we know who has all power in his hands and believe me it sure as hell isn’t you. I HATE WHAT HAPPENED TO THOSE DOGS BUT ITS BEEN GOING ON BEFORE THE BLACK MAN KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

  • Coyote says:

    I love all of these ignorant comments by people who have never worked around pit bulls. These dogs are capable of legendary loyalty and love for humans many save humans in SAR programs nationwide. Rehabilitation is possible for animals it just requires time and patience. If these were beagles and not pit bulls PETA would be all over rescuing these dogs. If only we would try and return the love and devotion that dogs show us regardless of their breed and regardless of whatever perverse purpose man has set them to in the past.

  • Anonymous says:

    To those making the Vick indictment a race issue SHAME ON YOU! This is about the animals that he helped electrocute hang drown and god knows what else. Funding it or doing it himself he is guilty of cruelty to animals. Additionally comparing dogfighting to that of horse racing or hunting although I don’t condone either etc is assinine and ignorant. Race horses are not tortured when they lose and atleast hunted animals are killed instantly. Remember Vick’S associates ELECTROCUTED HANGED MUTILATED AND SLAMMED these dogs to death. SHAME on you for making this a race issue. Get a grip.

  • Brett says:

    to start off i would never own a pit bull. but im against stereotyping. yes pitbulls were bred to bear baitfight. but its not exactly in theyre nature appearance is what reflects not nature of the animal. if it were why would vick and the countless other maniacs have to kill the ones that wont fight? if treated with love and care a pit will act as if any other dog. ive seen so alot of them that are great with kids and arnt anything but big babies.

  • Brett says:

    I agree the dogs should be tested for temperment and the ones that do pass should be offered for adoption but for the ones that do not pass most likely 99 they sadly have no other realistic fate than to be sleep. and rehibilitating them? how many other fighting dogs get rehibilitated? i feel a bit of celebritizing. Pitbulls arnt the problem its idiots like vick who want to fight them. Racism isnt the issue here every point that has been made has been irrevivant and far from accurate. just a tip but do research before stating “your opinions”

  • Begum Ozbek says:

    I have been reading these emails and cannot belive that this became a black and white issue. This isn’t about the color or race folks. This is about MV did something illegal inhumane and barbaric and needs to go to jail.It is as simple is that. Animal rights isn’t only about Vick and we now that. And Keith I think you are full of crap for viewing the whole situation from your narrow perspective.What have you done for animals so far? You should try to contribute instead of lecturing people. It really helps. Those dogs shouldn’t be killed and deserve a chance. There has to be some sort of rehab center for them to recover. Just like the ones for people with addiction or other problems.

  • susan greer says:

    I read these comments and people need to realize these pit bulls were bred and trained to do 1 thing KILL and that is bred into them it isnt something that can be trained back out of them.I think the most humane thing for these dogs is euthanasia. they cannot be rehabilitated. As for Michael Vick and all the other dog fight lovers should all be sent away better yet why not put them in a ring and fight one another till one ends up dead.

  • jerome Lardy says:

    Those poor dogs are attacking people everyday just open a newspaper and read sometime pitbulls don’t deserve any sympathy. They are vicious beast that will turn on there masters and children check the records! You people make me sick get a life or better yet have some kids and start fighting for the human race because those are the people that need saving not some mammals that pisses and shits everywhere!Why don’t you protest these human Society shelters that kill animals everyday because they don’t have the room for them what kind of double standard is that a death is a death just like a lie is a lie. There is no other way to spin it! You people are the murderers you kill more dogs then the general population does so what gives you the right not to be judged for your crimes against animals!

  • pamandersonlover says:

    Peter pan. Don’t you think you have voiced enough opinions by calling people dirty names and acting irrational on here? Its one thing to have an opinion but to turn around and call these girls what you did diminishes your right to even post 3 sentences on here. I’m sorry but I don’t empathize with ignorant people.

  • Jack says:

    Hi PeterPan. I stopped publishing your comments because they were abusive and unproductive. Anyone is welcome to post a dissenting opinion in this forum but if you want to do so you will do it courteously rationally and with respect for the other commenters. Jack

  • amanda says:

    sometimes people can be so blind it is what it is these dogs are viscious and nobody loves these animals like me at least thats how i feel i love animals all aspecially dogs i used to have lots of pitt bulls never even a single growl out of them to anyone just like all animals if raised from a pup or a baby with kindness and proper traning the will be gentle but all are not and the fear is real being a lover of all animals aspecially pitts since i always had them even i fear them for what people are making them become it is not their fault but still i cringe at what they are acapable of i have 3 small children i wanted a dog i wanted a pitt bull but i chose not too because im afraid and i never used to be it upsets me people like vick worthless space of life to me what he did to those dogs will make me forever dream of how even though he is being charged he to will will not be brought to proper justic its people like him that are and should be at fault for our iniocent children minding their own buisness are mouled to death by dogs like that who get lose imagine it your child those of you who say you can save those dogs your tottaly fucking stupid the damage is done and if they live someone elses inniocent child could die i love animals with all my heart but sometimes in curtain cases you have to know when nothing can be done and maybe partially it is a money issue for curtain animal groups which damn them if it is the case but seriously pittbulls used for fighting their whole lives like vicks dogs there is no hope their can only be pain from this it is nbot fare to put them back into society someones precious child could painfully die from this and all you people so opionionated about it in a negative what if it was your baby! seriously those dogs will continue to kill and not just because they are pittbulls but because it is what they were painfully tortured and trained to do they cannot be saved it is too late and even if they are saved one day they will have a painfull flash back just as people do and what if your child just so happenes to be in that room and she takes her or his last breaths of life sufering from a pain you could never imagine its not fare i love dogs but they will kill again if saved its not their fault but why pravoke it?????????????

  • peter-pan says:

    why can’t i continue to voice my opinion is it because you don’t want to hear the truth. its okay for them to respond to me but its not okay for me to respond back. its that the way peta truly operates. i’ll just send emails out to everyone on myspace and let them know that peta has pity for whites and dogs only.

  • peter-pan says:

    why is it that you can continue to let people respond to what i say but you won’t let me voice my opinion.

  • pamandersonlover says:

    I’m sorry if I wrote too much down except that peta pan retard had me so pissed off with his ignorance.but I did prove like a million points. You lose peta pan. If you want to fight in a war go to Iraq. Not here.

  • sarah wildman says:

    Never mind he let them fight it is so horrible to know what he did to them if they didn’t win. He is unhuman.

  • ja321t says:

    MICHAL VICK SHOULD BE PROSACUTED FOR DOG FIGTING

  • Anonymous says:

    thats to much reading

  • pamandersonlover says:

    BLACK PEOPLE AND PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE PETA TO BE “RACISTS” PLEASE READ BELOW ok i need to address all of you people that are implying that PETA is a “racist organization” for blasting mike vick over his barbaric mutilation of animals. first of all whether you are white black green or blue to do what he did was a disgrace and an embarassment to the NFL and the entire world. thousands of pitbulls die every year and PETA as well as hundreds of other organizations desperatly fight this rediculous ring of death. it doesnt matter that michael vick is black honestly no one really gives a shit about race. it is 2007 and you people need to stop playing the racism card trust me its played out and old. no one cares about white vs. black. shit everyone dates everyone. black people have a significant role in the U.S now and this is a new generation. we arent in the 50′s and 60′s anymore. jesus christ fucking let it be. everyone is equal so let me put an end to you poor people that have nothing better to do with yourselves then dwell on the past. GET OVER IT. the rest of the world did. ill tell you what steve young could have done the same crime except he is a man with morals and would be paying for the exact same time as michael vick. yes steve young is WHITE. OOOHH i said it. it wouldnt change the fact that when you MURDER INNOCENT ANIMALS for enjoyment there is something really wrong inside your brain. to watch an animal bleed to death infront of your own very eyes and ENJOY IT?! you need some mental assistance please look up a local mental institution and have your self checked because that is PSYCHOTIC! im sorry but if you are one of the biggest highest paid role models in the NFL for children everywhere it is your obligation to maintain high standards. when any player or anyone for that matter is in the PUBLIC EYE you sell yourself to the world. you give away many rights that private citizens take advantage of everyday. when you are as wealthy and famous as michael vick there shouldnt be a need to look elsewhere for entertainment as to brutally kill animals. how does a 10 year old portray that? wow my hero kills dogs and one looked like the one i have. you people dont think. he was a hero who has now tainted and destroyed childrens perceptions. he is not a hero anymore he is the jerk who MURDERED PUPPIES. HOW CAN A KID THINK THAT IS ACCEPTABLE? HOW CAN ANYONE FOR THAT MATTER? those poor dogs didnt ask for this. they were not put on this earth to be used as a gambling tool in someones sick sadistic attempt to be satisfied. come on people this isnt about racism. its about people in general who honestly need to stop hurting these animals who can not fight back. dogs cats deer cows pigs and all other innocent animals DO NOT HAVE GUNS TO FIGHT BACK . how big do you feel to kill something defenseless? its like killing an infant child. it really is. A LIFE IS A LIFE. reguardless whether it be an animal or a human. no one in this world wants to die. everything on this earth feels pain. come on guys think about it for a minute. a dog feels just as much pain as we do. why force the infliction on them. it isnt fair. so basicallyy if you give 2 children guns to shoot each other omg thats obsurd and unbelievablehowever to force 2 dogs to maul each other until death? and allow its trusted owner to force electroction and dragging and hanging?? accepted.?? what is wrong with society today? people please wake up and realize that animal cruelty is exactly that CRUELTY. white or black child or dog accept and love all life. not just your own. this racist shit needs to stop.. people. think about all the pets you had over your life it it ever occured to you to kill them put them in microwaves shoot or run them over you have severe mental issues and need help. animals are not born evil. its people who have destroyed all of these poor animals in the world. blame michael vick for this and blame everyone else who had the power to stop this and allowed this monstrocity to continue. do not ever mock PETA for trying its best to save millions of animals. you need to wake up and realize that everyone needs to step back and fight for animals because guess what america they cant fight back. they cant talk or use weapons. we as humans have found a way to cheat the system. weapons were an invention not nature. mike vick is a disgraceful person who just like anyone else when found guilty of this horrific crime will pay the price white or black.

  • heather says:

    to keith correct you are I beleive hunters should be condemned to live the same cruelty they have given animals! Including the agonizing death these innocent animals endure during these vicous hunts called ” a sport” since when is murder a sport? is rape a sport then ? I am currently only in high school but beleive you me I will spend the rest of my life trying to end hunting the slaughter of animals for meat and other animal cruelty! as for michael vick he needs to stop with the “I’m sorry’s and donate atleast $10 million to stop the cruel treatment towards animals become a vegetarian wear no animal skin and support PETA to get my forgiveness!!!! He deserves to rot in jail! In fact we should stick him in Iraq alone and have to fight for his life like those innocent dogs! Then if he loses a battle we will electrocute and drown him. Sounds fair to me!

  • JOY says:

    I HAVE AN IDEA…WHICH I BELIEVE THIS IN ALL CASES OF CRUELTY WHETHER IT BE RAPE MURDER DOMESTIC ABUSE ETC… CHAIN VICK UP AND ALL PEOPLE LIKE HIM…STARVE BEAT AND MAKE THEM FIGHT FOR THEIR LIFE..WE’RE IN THE U.S.A. SO OBVIOUSELY THAT WON’T HAPPEN BUT IT SEEMS FAIR…I AM AN OWNER OF TWO MAGNIFICENT PIT BULLS AND EVERYDAY I HAVE TO UPHOLD THEIR REPUTATION WHICH I AM PROUD TO DO BUT PEOPLE THAT CONTINUE TO THINK THAT THIS KIND OF ACTIVITY IS OK MAKES IT HARDER FOR ALL OF US THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS… WHAT KIND OF MESSAGE THAT SEND TO ALL THE YOUNG ADULTS IN OUR COMMUNITIES THAT MAY SEE THIS AS A SOCIAL EVENT OR AN EASY WAY TO GET MONEY…IT’S ABSOLUTELY DISGUISTING THAT SUCH A TALENTED FULL OF POTENTIAL ATHLETE WOULD LOWER HIMSELF TO THIS AND SOMEONE THAT SHOULD AND CAN BE SUCH A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL TO SOCIETY IS AN ABSOLUTE DISSAPOINTMENT.

  • WILLIS BALLOU says:

    EVERY ONE ON THIS BLOG IF YOU HAVE BEEN PERFECT YOUR ENTIRE LIFE NEVER THOUGHT A BAD THOUGHTCUT SOMEONE OFF WHILE DRIVINGDO YOU GET WHERE IM GOING NONE OF YOU AND I MEAN NONE OF YOU ARE PERFECTTALK ABOUT KARMA LOOK AT YOURSELF

  • WILLIS BALLOU says:

    TO THE COMMENT ABOUT HUNTING PLEASE BE REAL ITS A STUPID DOG WHO CARESPEOPLE LET DOGS STAY IN THE BEDKISS THEM IN THE MOUTH AFTER THEY DOGSLIKE THEIR PRIVITE PARTS VERY CLEAN HUH!HUNTING IS CRUEL BULL FIGHTING IS CRUEL ITS JUST OK TO DO AND EXCEPTED BY WHITE AMERICIAPEOPLE KILL EACH OTHER AND GET LESS TIMEIM SICK OF WHITE AMERICA TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR SELF HELP THE HOMELESSEXPLOTIED KIDSRAPE VICTIMS GIVE HIM A FINE AND MOVE ON…

  • WHITNEY says:

    AS A PIBULL OWNER MYSELF I FEEL THAT THE STEROTYPE OF THEM BEING “EVIL” AND “UNADOPTABLE” IS RIDICULOUS. HOWEVER IN THIS CASE IT MIGHT BE TRUE THESE POOR DOGS HAVE BEEN TRAINED FOR THIS THEIR WHOLE LIVES AND DONT KNOW ANYTHING ELSE. BUT IF THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT ARE WILLING TO TAKE THE TIME TO TRY AND HELP CHANGE THEM THEN WHY NOT LET THEM TRY. M. VICK IS A HORRIBLE PERSON AND KARMA IS A BITCH. FOR ALL THE PEOPLE SAYING THAT THIS HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH RACE AND ARE COMPARING WHAT HE DOES WITH HUNTING YOU ARE IGNORANT. HOW CAN YOU EVEN COMPARE HUNTING WITH DOG FIGHTING AND I BET 95 OF YOU EAT MEAT SO WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A DOG FIGHT? I THINK YOU NEED TO SIT DOWN READ WHAT YOU JUST WROTE THINK ABOUT IT REAL HARD AND IF YOU DONT FEEL STUPID WELL……THERES NO HOPE FOR YOU.

  • Gina says:

    Jen If you are ever by Philadelphia please come by my house and meet my rescue dog Moly. She was an abused fighting dog. Her face is painted with scars her tooth was broken in half her earwas cut and had punture marks on her legs I can’t count. And you will see how SWEET LOVING a XFIGHTING dog can become when given the right home. She visits nursing homes and sleeps with my cat. She plays with my Shepherd but hates other dogs. I will never take her to a dog park nor off lead as I love her too much to get hurt. I was able to pull her from a shelter thanks to a volunteer. They only kept her for her to nurse her litter but the volunteer fell for her eyes and convinced the shelter staff to evaluate Molly and she passed with FLYING COLORS! EVERY dog needs a chance.

  • Alicia says:

    I also have read all of the posted comments. I like to see that there are soo many people that love animals as I do. I worked at a humane shelter we had this one dog come in and he was ok at first. But then we had to have a behaviouralist come in and we would try with him for long periods. We were a shelter that does not euthanize to make room all animals would stay unless they were very sick or Behaviour problems. Sometimes he was great some times he was bad. But we gave this poor dog 2 months a girl from work took him home and he was still them same. He cornered her in her house and now she has severe nerve damage in her arm and leg. What I am getting at is it would be a good idea to have a behaviouralist come in. But say after 1 month and nothing is changing then Euthanize the animal. But also to keep them caged up they are just more angry. And with people like vick doing that to those dogsHonestly in my opinion those dogs could turn on you in a sec. They have been abused by people since they were pups do you honestly think that all animals will forgive and forget! I think some would but what about the others? I am against euthanzing animals. But if everything else has failed then do itgive them one chance.

  • Trey says:

    I was reading all the coments on the fate of Vicks dogs and I think we should really think about what we are saying when we say save them try and turn them in to pets! Do you people know how DANGEROUS these dogs are? To think if one of these trained killers no fault to thiers only the dumb humans who made them that way! attacks a child or another persons beloved pet would be horrible! What if it happened to you or some one you know you would want that dog put down ASP! Its not a fair soultion but its the safest one. These beautiful dogs whom Vicks was sooo cruel to only know one thing and that is to fight and kill you can not take these dogs and make safe and happy pets out of them they can not be trusted around other dogs cats and children. I am a huge dog lover of all breeds and I truly belive there are no bad dogs just bad owners! If the dog wasnt brought up with love and kindness and proper socialzation NO matter what the breed or size the dog. It is going to be a danger to people and other animals. Spaying and neutering your pets helps cut down the amounts in the shelters so be responsabile. And dont be so short to say animal shelters are cruel to keep dogs in cages. There are lots that have special play areas for them to run and be free. If there werent animal shelters where would all those dogs and cats go. Left on the streets being hit by cars being tortured by stupid people being used as pitbull bait for fighting rings? sorry I rather see an animal humanely put to sleep then think about all the rotten things that can and do happen to animals with no place to go!!Last but not least I understand all the wants for saving Vicks dogs but in all truthfullness some may be able to live a happier life in the right home but again you are taking on a huge risk.

  • jen says:

    If Vick can be rehabilitated then he should pay for the dogs to be rehabilitated. If the dogs are euthanized then Vick should also be euthanized.

  • Buzzed says:

    Animals are lower life forms than that of humans. Animals were put on this earth for humans to eat. Ever hear of the “food chain”? We are at the top? PETA should be PITA Pain In The Ass are so far to one side of this animal thing that today as sad as it is Michael Vick will lose his job because of an unintelligent animal. How sad is that? OJ got away with killing a human being but Michael Vick will go to prison for “funding” dog fights? How ridiculous! Wake up people animals are animals. They don’t plan they don’t work or add to the economy in any way they don’t pay taxes they are nothing more than human entertainment. They are not even intelligent enough to communicate anything other than when they have to go outside. Dogs fight people fight. Who cares? Pit Bulls were bred to fight. What’s illegal about it the gambling or the actual cruelty to the animal? Remember they were bred to fight! They are doing what comes instinctually natural. So sad you hear everyday where somebody goes to jail because they chained up their dog or swatted it on the butt with a paper yet children are abused by the court systems everyday and NOBODY does anything about it. No judge or Domestic Relations authortities go to jail for being anti male. What is this world coming to? PITA? Spend your time on something worthwhile won’t you?

  • Cocktails says:

    Vick is a piece of crap ghetto swill as are his cousins friends and supporters. Funny only the uneducated blacks are supporting him. Any black with half a brain has condemened him. He also isn’t all that as an athelete either. I say “Off to prison where you can wash your husbands socks”!

  • Celeste Duncan says:

    What is wrong with our society? Michael Vick is an arrogant multimillionaire who has no regard for living creatures. And now our wonderful justice system is trying to figure out what to do with all these tortured dogs. Euthanasia is the easiest way out for all involved EXCEPT the animals! I hope the court system makes Michael Vick build and fund a site where these animals can live out the rest of their pitiful lives in the comfort and splendor that Vick lavished on himself all these years. When are we going to make the perpetrator of violent crimes make monetary restitution when they are culpable for their actions? The dogs should not have to sacrifice their lives because Michael Vick desired some depraved excitement. I am sick to death of our society not taking responsibility for their decisions and blaming their childhood drugs movies the cop that is out to get them or the Campbell’s soup can that wouldn’t open properly! Celeste Duncan North Garden VA

  • ann says:

    petapan since it seems u feel the blacks people like u? are not treated fairly in this country why don’t u buy a one way ticket to live somewhere in africa? i am sure u will be very happy living among ur own kind but i am not sure how good their welfare system are as for those people think dogfighting is no big deal since it is just the black thingsouthern cultureblack people’s sport i remember not too long ago in the souththey used bloodhound to chase and lynch criminals so since that is also part of the southerner’s culture may be we should just save the gas and bullet go back to use bloodhound and rope? is that what u people prefer to keep the southern culture going?

  • Joan M. says:

    This is my first attempt at blogging and while I will refrain from commenting about the fate of Michael Vick’s dogs as this is a hotly debated and important issue with lots of commentary already I would like to draw some attention to Whoopi Goldbergs unbelievably supportive view regarding Vicks activities. I was stunned today to read that Whoopi is defending Michael Vicks actions by stating that from where he comes from in the South dog fighting isnt that unusual. Aside from insulting Southerners it is disturbing to read that an icon for many and a celebrity for the rest of us is so blas about such an ugly and unforgivable sport. I encourage you to write to The View and to Barbara Walters who is the series creator about Ms. Goldbergs callous and careless attitude. You are not allowed a walk from animal crueltydepravity. You are not allowed a get out of jail free card. Further citing a where you were born and raised defense does not ring with clarity of kindness nor does it become an excuse for cruelty of any kind. The actual story as I read it this morning is on Yahoos dot com page. It is a shame that Whoopi Goldberg has made herself an example of what I call empty noise and she brings precious little to a forum in which the potential to bring about the better qualities of humankind wasis at her disposal. Shame on You Whoopi Goldberg!

  • Joan says:

    This is my first attempt at blogging and while I will refrain from commenting about the fate of Michael Vick’s dogs as this is a hotly debated and important issue with lots of commentary already I would like to draw some attention to Whoopi Goldbergs unbelievably supportive view regarding Vicks activities. I was stunned today to read that Whoopi is defending Michael Vicks actions by stating that from where he comes from in the South dog fighting isnt that unusual. Aside from insulting Southerners it is disturbing to read that an icon for many and a celebrity for the rest of us is so blas about such an ugly and unforgivable sport. I encourage you to write to The View or to Barbara Walters who is the series creator about Ms. Goldbergs callous and careless attitude. You are not allowed a walk from animal cruelty. You are not allowed a get out of jail free card. Further citing a where you were born and raised defense does not ring with the clarity of truth nor does it become an excuse for cruelty of any kind. The actual story as I read it this morning is on Yahoos dot com page. It is a shame that Whoopi Goldberg has made herself an example of what I like to call empty noise and brings precious little to a forum wherein she might have had potential to bring out the better qualities of humankind. Shame on you Whoopi Goldberg!

  • Gary says:

    How about Whoopi Goldberg using her first day on the view to make Vick look like the poor miss guided guy who grew up in an area where dog fighting is as normal as apple pie . Whoopi should be told how it really is and the View should be shown how these animals are treated and not a multi million dollar quaterback.

  • jessica says:

    since when did this become a racial issue? why is it always about race? are you serious? the magnitude of these crimes are what matter…not race. cruel and inhumane treatment can not be tolerated. show your ignorance somewhere else. race has nothing to do with it. it is very sad that is the first thing out of the black communties mouth. RACE RACE RACE!!!! it is about an unacceptable crime. PETA is working to end cruelty to animals in all spectrums. get educated before you try to make a “point.” the dogs should be rehabilitated as Vick’s expense. they should be given a glimpse of what a good life is.

  • SATINKA says:

    Anybody trying to justify this as a cultural thing a deep south thing an ignorant thing is just as sick as vick the ick. If you don’t realize as a human being that killing living creatures is wrong something that doesn’t need to be TAUGHT then maybe mv needs not to be around a civilized society until he decides to EVOLVE. GO VEGAN!

  • Sharion says:

    TO ALL OF YOU PETA SUPPORTERS IF YOU WERE SO CONCERNED ABOUT THE PITS THEN WHY NOT ADOPT THE PITS THAT ARE SUPPOSEDLY M. VICKS TO KEEP THEM FROM BEING PUT DOWN. YOU CAN’T DO THAT CAN YOU BECAUSE THEY BELONGED TO A BLACK MAN. IF THEY WERE THE UNEDUCATED PRESIDENT BUSH’S DOGS Y’ALL WOULD GLADLY TAKE THEM WOULDN’T YOU? IT’S SO AMAZING HOW U WENT AFTER MIKE WITHOUT ANY EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER. BECAUSE THE 15 PAGE INDICTMENT WAS A BUNCH OF HOGWASH. IF I WERE THOSE CODEFENDANTS I WOULD HAVE LIED ON VICK TO SO THAT I COULD SAVE MY OWN ASS….THAT’S WHY I KNOW IT WAS A RACIST ISSUE EVERYTHING IS WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR KIND. ALL OF YOU AREN’T THE SAME BUT ITS ONLY A FEW. WHY DONT Y’ALL FIGHT FOR THE BLACK YOUNG MEN THAT ARE BEING BRUTALLY SHOT DOWN BY POLICIE’S ALL OVER THE WORLD NOT BECAUSE THEY DONE WRONG BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE BLACK. GET YOUR ASSES OUT AND FIGHT FOR THE HOMELESS PEOPLE THAT WERE LAW ABIDING CITIZENS EVEN SOME THAT FOUGHT WARS FOR THIS COUNTRY AND CAN’T EVEN GET A JOB OR BENEFITS FIGHT FOR THEM THAT WOULD BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN DOGS…I LOVE DOGS BUT I’M JUST NOT GOING TO PUT THEM BEFORE HUMANS…………… I HAD 2 PITS. A BROTHER AND SISTER. THEY WERE RAISED TOGEATHER. THEY WERE NUTERED! AND THEY WEREN’T USED IN DOG FIGHTING. THE MALE WAS THE BIGGEST BABY. EVERYTIME HE GOT IN THE HOUSE HE WOULD JUMP IN MY LAP. HIS ACTIONS TAIL WAGGING AND LICKINGWAS AN URGING TO PET HIM. LOVE HIM. THAT WAS BEFORE I RETIRED FROM MY GOVERNMENT JOB AND HURICANNE KATRINEA……

  • Nicole Jacobson says:

    If there is a will there is away. Not all dogs will be the same some due overcome the need to harm. I understand they can not be placed with the common public but there are people who will and have taken abusedfighting dogs and the dogs LIVE a full peaceful life. Give is a chance make the aggresser pay not to help kill as that makes what he was doing end but make him make it up to the dogs For thier entire life. With professional help it CAN and Should be DONE!

  • Pamela Liverman says:

    There is know diference between hunting and dog fighting they are all the same. You can’t tell me that they are difference. All the animals sports are the same. And that man does not deserve to die. That is a bit munch.

  • Pamela Liverman says:

    Don’t get me wrong I love dogs a lot. I grew up around dogs. But lets get on thing stright. What about deer hunting and all those other animals events that happens around here. That is know different than what Vick was doing. I don’t care what know bodys says if it was some one else that would not have been in the news the Vick is. Where I stay they have a Deer hunting club what about that. That is an amimal and what about all the other animals we kill. You tell me how is that different from Vicks. I disagree with everbody that says bad things about that man. I don’t think that man job should come in the way. Just let that man pay a fine and get on his way. That man has a family to take care of. Know body is thinking of his family.

  • jabia says:

    Sure michael Vick should be held responsible for his actions and 12 18 months behind bars and a large fine i think should be enough. Now that the focus is on animal abuse as a result of Michael Vicks dogfighting involvment i think will give us the opportunity to be real ans if this is not a race thing then PETA and the feds lets go after KFCand suppliers of McdonaldsRuth Chris steakhousepig farmersthese people that have 100s of dogs and cats on their property thats in abusive conditions. You know when their are some people that have sex with animals and i think that they should be treated the same as child abusers put their names out there and track them and let everyone know when we have a sexual animal abuser in the community now one sad truth is that if the feds and law enfocement could tax dog fighting it would be OK with them Lets Be REAL.

  • Cynthia says:

    Given that the nature of these poor dogs has been damaged beyond repair the kindest thing would be euthanasia but only after all avenues of rehabilitation and resources have been exhausted. And to the commentator who is “eating a cheeseburger a nugget and wearing a fur coat” your burger is from a bovine with mad cow disease your nugget is infected with ecoli and your fur coat is stained with the blood of the animal who was scalloped out of it and is financially worthless. All of these phenomena have been caused by the rapacious interference of modern man’s agricultural and butchering practices…so good luck with all that.

  • T Double D says:

    Im sitting here reading alot of the comments u people are leaving an really none of u know what you are talking about.Dogfighting has been around since the 1800′s if you read books!an one man superstar or not isnt going to stop decades of dogmen having classic matches.See if you critics knew the first thing about gamedogsthen u would kno their not trained 2 fight or madetheir bred for itthey come out their mothers womb fightersjust like your great athletes TIGERJORDANBIRDCLEMENSMANNINGMAGIC.Ive heard stories of it an its been said sometimes fights dont even last 5 mins an the dogs r not even harmedi dont encourage dogfightingbut im from the south an its deeply rooted down here an alot of more statesan just like boxinghuntingUCFkickboxingan bullfighting it is a bloodsportthe only illegal bcaus the money is taxfree an they affilate it with drugs an gangs.They dont know some dogmen are working men an dogfighting feeds their familyso all im sayin is before you morons who know nothing try 2 judge something you think is wrong just caus your in the dark on the subject speak your mind.Do a little research an then you will see it from both sidesright or wrong!

  • Anonymous says:

    Dogs are suppose to be man’s best friend why are men training their best friends to kill another living creatures? I am the owner of a Boxer. Everyday I look at my Boxer Sophi wondering how someone could train a dog to kill. I guess it all comes down to the almighty dollar betting on which dog will be left standing. Personally I think that anyone who is convicted of illegal dog fighting should be put in a boxing ring with someone who will no doubt leave the convicted person laying on the boxing ring floor this would give them a taste of what happens to a dog when forced to fight.

  • Carole says:

    I support the Vick dogs to be put down. Many of the dogs were trained as pups to fight and kill. We should focus on the adoptable animals. I hope Vick gets the help he needs before his violence turns to the human race. This is not a race issue it is a cruelty issue.

  • Elena Valdameri, Italy says:

    Why not let Vick pay to keep his dogs in a safe environment with animal behaviorists reeducating and rehabilitating them until they die of old age? After all this situation is all Vick’s fault. Let him pay for it!