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Vick Codefendants Banned From Owning Dogs!

Written by PETA | November 30, 2007

Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips were sentenced today to 18 and 21 months in prison on federal charges related to a dogfighting operation that they had been running in Virginia. We’re obviously very happy that these guys are going to be serving time for their crimes against animals, but the other key provision here is that they will not be allowed to “own” dogs for three years following their release from prison. If it were up to me, they would be banned from any contact with animals for life, but you take what you can get, and restrictions on “ownership” of animals are vitally important (and sadly, often overlooked) in any cruelty case, as repeat offenses are the norm. This provision was something that PETA had specifically asked for, and we know of no other federal case where defendants have been banned from owning animals. Purnell Peace was in tears at the sentencing and personally apologized to PETA and other animal groups for his role in these crimes—which, well, it’s nice to see some remorse, but we weren’t victims here, the dogs were, and there’s not much that an apology can do for them now. Let’s hope that this sentencing sets a strong example for any of the bastards who still think they can get away with torturing animals and forcing them to fight for amusement or profit.

Michael Vick is set to be sentenced on December 10.

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  • SUE says:

    HE NEEDS MORE THEN 23 MONTHS HE NEEDS YESRS IN PRISON AND HE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAVE ANY OTHERS DOGS IT ALL AND NOT BE AROUND THEM I HATE PEOPLE THAT FIGHT PIT BULLS THEY ARE THE MOST LOVING DOGS IF YOU TREAT THEM RIGHT I HAVE RAISED THEM AND I NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH MINE AND I BELVIE HE SHOULD GET A LONGER TIME IN PRISON HE NEEDS TO BE BEAT LIKER THAT AND DO WHAT HE DID TO THOSE DOGS HIM AND HIS FRIENDS THAT WAS WITH HIM BUT ONE THING ABOUT IT WHEN GOD COMES HE WILL TAKE CARE OF HIM .

  • Anonymous says:

    You all don’t make that big of a fuss when it comes to women that get beaten by their mates or about all the little kids out there who are suffering so please stop fussing about dogs. If you were hungry and on a deserted island and they only had dogs there I bet you would not think so differently then. I bet you would kill that dog and don’t tell me that this is different.

  • Breana says:

    Well I think they should still keep him 23 months in prison!

  • Stephanie says:

    I think Vick should be in prison much longer than 23 months. I truthfuly think that if he REALLY feels so bad about hurtting poor dogs then he wouldnt of started the dog fights in the first place. Micheal Vick needs to rot in prison and should have a longer sentence. Lastly I think the judges are going easy on him because hes a football player. Well now if the world worked that way then we super stars would get away with everything. now wouldnt they? in other words “GUILTY!”

  • Helen says:

    Michele ‘I can never get that scene out of my head it brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it and I can’t even attempt to describe it to anyone verbally because I just break down. Anyone who is not at all moved by that scene must be a psychopath devoid of ANY compassion.’ I screamed out loud as I watched that scene I’m now seriously disturbed by it and am also seeing it play through my mind regularly since watching Earthlings of all the hideous animal cruelty vids I’ve seen this particular scene with the dog thrown into the trash compactor has affected me the most I’ve cried shedloads of tears for that dog there were several people in the shot I can’t believe none of them had the guts to step in and stop it even if the dog was on it’s ‘last legs’ that was just a brutal and heinous crime why inflict such an excruciating exit from this cruel world on an animal who has obviously already suffered enough ? I can’t comprehend it at all I’m wondering who filmed it as it didn’t look like undercover footage ? I’m trying to shake off the images but I think it will haunt me for the rest of my days. May that poor soul and all the others who have suffered at the torturous hand of man rest in peace.

  • Renee says:

    I must explain the above grammatical error “no nothing about.” I was inadvertently distracted by my 2 pits unexpectedly turning on me and gnawing my fingers off as I wrote.

  • Renee says:

    Oh Sharon you need to educate yourself. As the owner of 2 pit bulls and like any educated informed owner knows dogs just don’t turn nor do they attack for no reason. How was this dog raised? Was the owner responsible in exacerbating or encouraging bad behavior? Was this dog trained to kill? Was this dog from an irresponsible breeder or puppy mill? As a responsible dog owner I have gone above and beyond to do the right thing for my dogs and I fight against ignorance like yours on a daily basis. As much I would like to hurl insults back and really put you to the wall on this I will not expend negative energy. All I can say is you need to educate yourself on dogs and any or all animal behavior. To say you love animals made me scoff. Shame on you for not expanding your mind and exploring the real reasons that dogs may behave in such a manner that you experienced. Please enlighten and educate yourself before you make snap judgments on subject matter that you no nothing about.

  • Sharon says:

    I think that some people take animal abuse to DAMN far. Child abuse is much much worse than animal abuse. What about the dogs that turn on their owners and kill children for no reason. I think that all pitt bulls should be killed. I have personally seen one attack an innocent child walking to the bus stop. I hit it with my car and if I would have had my gun with me I would have shot it too. And I love animals.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Rojo That is because beef that is not ultrabred and range fed is lean healthy and loaded with good fats. Beef only becomes unhealthy when you cram gobs of corn down cattle. Corn is undoubtedly the root of most of the health problems in the US. The growing of corn is unsustainable even with crop rotation. Mike is correct most corn goes to animal feed. I am fine with abolishing this. Corn is also lousy for ethanol production as it turns out we just had a leg up on the technology thanks to the distilling industry. We might have to settle for a healthier leaner smaller chicken breast but I think we could get used to it.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Caboose Yeah I can recite it backwards while juggling avocados.

  • Michele says:

    reggie nobody can give deer hunters jail time in countries that legalize hunting. Dogfighting is against the law fortunately deer hunting is not unfortunately.

  • rojo says:

    zanoni elephants were my first thought in regards to my comment. Unfortunately elephant graveyards are elusive and I can’t provedisprove the legend. I would like you to tell me more on the horse and foal. Telepathy over such a distance would be an incredible scientific dicovery. Mike Q no the small youtube screen wouldn’t do justice to the shots. Chris I think the maasai people buck the trend in Africa. They have a heavily animal dependant diet and don’t seem to have the diseases one would expect from such a diet. I just don’t think I’d enjoy warm cows blood.

  • reggie says:

    i dont see PETA tring to give deer hunter jail time. im not saying what vick did was right but also know that everyone can be giving a second chance in life. so dont make this to be a black white issue because no animal need to die by man even with a gun.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Lactose tolerance is one of the few human evolutionary changes that have taken place since the agricultural revolution. Lactose tolerance coincides with those cultural areas that domesticated cattle for dairy production. Lactase is an enzyme in the small bowel the gene for which turns off we are weaned from our mothers. In lactose intolerant individuals the gene won’t turn back on and the lactose a sugar is digested by bacteria in our gut leading to osmotic diarrhea and gas. Lactaid brand medicine is simply lactase the missing enzyme. People of African and Asian descent are most likely to have this situation.

  • Caboose says:

    Mike Did u watch any?

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Rojo Yeah it’s a world average. Apparently at one point all humans were lactose intolerant after we were finished breastfeeding of course but eventually some of us underwent a genetic mutation that allowed us to digest dairy. The shots from space are reason enough to watch the actual DVD of Earthlingsthey are spectacular.

  • Ana says:

    Michele Thanks for your kind words!!!!