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Vick Sentenced to 23 Months

Written by PETA | December 10, 2007

Hundreds of PETA members and other concerned citizens gathered outside the Michael Vick hearing in Richmond today to ask that the court send a message to any dogfighters that this horrific blood sport will not be tolerated, and that its practitioners will be penalized to the fullest extent of the law. The latest news is that Michael Vick has been sentenced to 23 months in prison, which is almost twice the amount initially recommended by prosecutors. We’re still waiting to hear for certain whether he has received a ban on contact with animals, which is an essential provision in any cruelty case, given the high likelihood of repeat offenses where animal abuse is concerned.

Vick will be facing state charges following his federal sentencing, and we’re calling on State Prosecutor Gerald Poindexter to consider this case with the same seriousness that has been applied to his federal sentencing—i.e., to make sure this admitted animal torturer is made to answer in full for the crimes he has committed. I’ll post updates with any breaking news as this case develops, but in the meantime, you can write to Mr. Poindexter through this page to remind him that vigorous prosecution is essential in cruelty cases like this one in order to prevent repeat offenses and to deter others from committing similar crimes.

Given the high-profile nature of this case, the statement made today and at the state proceeding will have a far-reaching effect on prosecution of dogfighters for years to come, and we need to ensure that Mr. Poindexter follows in the footsteps of the federal authorities and demonstrates for the countless people following this case that Virginia will not tolerate cruelty to animals.

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  • CJ says:

    I’m a moderate on all this. I am a huge animal lover but not to the extent that I won’t eat meat…I find that a bit ridiculous. I find what Vick did as reprehensible and in my opinion his actions stem from an equally reprehensible character. What I find disturbing is that some people here have attempted to turn this case into a racial issue. As if he is somehow being victimized because he is black…actually claiming that if he was white he would not be investigated prosecuted and sentenced. This is ridiculous. He broke the law got caught and paid the price. His celebrity status and wealth have nothing to do with this…except from the standpoint of how much media attention this case received. Being a member of a racial social or economic minority makes him neither noble entitled nor victimized. He knowingly and willingly committed acts both reprehensible and illegal. Like any other citizen he suffers the consequences of his actions.

  • greg inwood says:

    This was his house! I think everyone who owns a house is responsible for what is occuring there. I am tired of people with money and influence walking away from their responsibilities.He should have had the house and property taken away from him and donated to an organization to shelter abused animals.

  • the bee says:

    I don’t understand how they could sentence him to any time. when in Texas the white people were dragging a black man dow the high wayand that was a human life. Why do people make a fuss over something that is not important. What if those dogs had of killed your children would you still love them more than your child’s life? Disgusted in Tupelo mississippi. Michael Vick should not have gotten any time in prison.

  • Anonymous says:

    It was bad for the dogs and even for Micheal Vick. But I just see people using his house to do the types of things to the dogs I dont have Micheal Vick doing that to the dogs and I dont understand why he has so much time when he wasnt actually doing it to the dogs he only allow them to dog fight and he watch and if thats a crime to watch it then so be it. I also think he should had a lessor charge because he did not have physically taken part of the fight but watch and let them barried the dogs which i dont see him barring the dogs himself

  • Kimberly says:

    When I read about Michal Vick was only getting 23 months in jsil I was VERY MAD!!!! He should definitely be banned from EVER having any contact with any kind of animal for the rest of his life. I think that if he is banned from ever having contact with any kind of animal and he fails to follow through with that he shouls have to go back to jail for a harsher sentence. People like Micheal Vick make me sick! If people don’t want to take care of animals the way that they should be taken care of they shouold not get them in the first place. Animals are the most loving thing on this planet that just want to show their masters that they love them and that they keep them save. So for someone to mistreat that in the way that Micheal Vick did should definitely have to pay for what he has done. Thanks Kimberly MO

  • Brian says:

    Yes all of those are animals but they are not killed for sport and if they are they should be prosecuted also. He was making a profit for killing dogs and you will say so are the animals listed. Well then fine Michael should eat every dog he killed then. I know how I feel about my dogs I am not the PETA fanatic but they are also an important part of my FAMILY…

  • Sandy Hogwood says:

    Sounds like anonymous 1 is the kind of person who kicks his dogs out of the way and forgets to feed them!

  • jn says:

    This goes to whoever is mad at Michael Vick.CowsgoatspigsCHICKENScrabsshrimpand fish are killed everyday.Aren’t they animals too? Vick was wrong but dogs are no different from any other animals that GOd has created on this earth.

  • Ricky Brown says:

    I agree completely. You people are crazy this man is one of the greatest and most explosive player in the world and she be out on the field right now.

  • James says:

    Upon hearing about the case I shrugged my shoulders and said “Its just a dog.” However Im now a dog owner and see things totally differently now! Michael Vick is just another hero in the “African American Communityto be politically correct and thinks he can escape the law with excuses made by the NAACP. He deserves justice and a swift arm of the law. At first I blamed him but now that I look at it I blame society as well.We put these egomaniacs on pedestals and make them think they are above the law when really they’re not. I also blame the white race for not banning together as blacks do and support our rights. It only goes to show that without the black community he would have gotten a lot more. It all boils down to race and the degrading of the black man. For so many years they cried for equallity and now they are not only equal but above the law as well. He deserved more and the white man must ban together and support equallity. Equallity in the judicial system equality in society.

  • tony316 says:

    early release for Vick.. what a victory.. PETA fans dont kill yourselves..lol lol

  • Anonymous says:

    to the person below me… fuck you! do you have a heart. ITS PEOPLE LIKE YOU TAHT PISS ME OFF! Animals are a responsibility and should be treated with care and respect not like slaves or entertainers. get a life!

  • Tina- MPLS says:

    Look here I’m gonna comment for both sides YES! It is wrong to torture and kill any animal for your own stupid reasons. All the money this man has could he not get another hobby? No I don’t think it’s the same as taking a human life. Hello? We’re humans not animals our lives are FAR MORE VALUABLE. I know rapists who got less than 23 months. 6 months and 1 year of probabtion would be sufficient.

  • CASSANDRA says:

    Hey I want to write to MV they are moving him to Leavnworth can some one get me the address.

  • Bubbie says:

    My heart goes out to Micheal Vick. I am not saying that he was rightbut you have people out here KILLING everyday and doing many other stupid things and MV7 is all you hear about.We have the BIGGEST DUMMIE George W.Bush running our COUNTRY. His sentence was not fair and that has a lot to do with RACE if he were WHITE it would have been less time or may be even none.So to Micheal Vick Marian Jone Barry BondsPacman JonesOJ.SimpsonKobe BryantAllen IversonMike Tyson and so many others that I did not name HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH.GOD BLESS!!!!

  • miranda says:

    IT’S A SHAME THAT SOMEONE AS TALENTED AS VICK TO BE USED TO BE MADE AN EXAMPLE OF THESE PETA PROTESTORS NEED TO SHUT UP BECAUSE RVERYTIME THEY EAT CHICKENPORK BEEFLOBSTEROR FISH AN ANIMAL WAS KILLED!!WHEN WHITE FOLKS KILL DEERS FOR SPORT WHERE ARE ALL THE PETA PEOPLE? BOTTOM LINE IT’S JUST ENVY AND JEALOUSLY OF A BLACK MILLIONAIRE BECAUSE IF IT WAS THERE UNCLE FATHER OR BROTHER THEY WO9ULDN’T BE SO QUICK TO SEND SOMEONE TO PRISON! REGARDLESS OF WHAT AN ANIMAL’S LIFE IS SECONDARY TO A MAN’S LIFE. IF THAT WERE NOT SO GOD WOULD OF MADE ANIMALS OVER MANKIND AND TO ALL THE PETA PROTESTORS “JEALOUSY IS A SICKNESS” FIND A HUMAN BEING WHO IS BEING MISTREATED AND FIGHT FOR THEM THEY SHOULD BE EASY TO FIND CHECK YOUR LOCAL HOMELESS SHELTER THE NATION IS FILLED WITH HUMANS WHO COULD USE YOUR HELP.

  • richard surrena says:

    the sentence does not fit the crimeour justice system needs work.people commit worse crimes an get a lot less.hes already been humiliatedand ruined in the mediaan now there gonna try him for state charges.i sure hope everyone who wanted such a harsh sentence are happyand get nationwide publicitybottom linei hope they have a hard time looking at there selfs in the mirrow.

  • Anonymous says:

    It dont matter what color you are …cruelty and abuse off any kind should not be tolerated I hope vick rots in hell!!!! It makes me sick what he did as if he dosent already have enough money… I hope he losses everything even his life… And the same to all the other messed up people in this world white back spanish or whatever else they are…That see no wrong in there actions of cruelty against animals or humans…GOD WILL PUNISH YOU.

  • Rebecca S says:

    Michael Vick needs to be punished for his inhumane acts I do not feel sorry for him at all after what he did. Anyone who would enjoy watching or participating in dogfighting needs to get help.

  • carolyn says:

    wow! it takes all kinds doesn’t it? i love my dogs… and cats… and hamster i’ve had animals my entire life so i very much have quite the soft spot. when i breakdown and have bacon or a cheeseburger i say thanks to the animal that probably greately suffered for my meal. i do think peta is somewhat extreme. there are no limits! mr vick deserved everything jail loss of career loss of assests. but to act as though it’s not enuff… i only hope he gets therapy and i liked the idea the gal brought up about standing up against dog fighting a sort of community service. and oh my god it’s not a fing racial issue! get over it! it’s 2007 almost 2008! if you do something wrong and you happen to be black being sentanced is NOT racial. if anything i do think they used his celebrity status to make a martyr of him but you know what? he’ll be more famous for it so it all works out for everyone. p.s. to be honest i did want him dead for a little bit there… it’s just not a healthy way to live continuing on a thought pattern like that!

  • Ron says:

    I want to preface my statements by saying I’m animal lover and especially fond of my dogs. That being said this man has lost his career millions of dollars and has been sentenced to federal prison for his crime. In my eyes the punishment does not fit the crime Michael Vick did not kill a human being. At the most he should have been suspended from the NFL and given probation. I think this was oppurtunity to allow Michael Vick to redeem himself by showing him the error of his ways and possible speaking out against this horrific industry. You especially would have reached urban youth who still idolize Michael Vick for his athletic exploits. Instead you post a sattirical snow globe ECARD about a person who is already serving time in Federal Prison for his crimes. The next time you feel the need to post something like that. Don’t think about Michael Vick think about his children. PETA YOU DISGUST ME !!!

  • Eric Williams says:

    I have a question if a guy shots a deer is that not antimal cruelty. If you all are going to be all “for animal” be like that all the way not half way. I hope you all feel good about stressing this issue so much but guess what its not going to stop. You all would rather put an animal over a human that stupid. basically what i am saying is that think about what you did and can you honestly say that this is fair.

  • Jamie says:

    I was watching the news in Chattanooga and they showed a “white” older man actually beating puppies in the head and killing them. I wonder why he killed several pups and the courts saw it on tape and gave him a small fine and probation?

  • sw says:

    I was on your side with the vick situation until I heard about your xmass card with vick in jail…that’s tasteless and he deserves more respectif nothing else because he’s a human being capable of making mistakes. You should extend the same dignity to him as you expect others to extend to animals. What he did was awful no questiondont take the low road now.

  • CWhite says:

    It’s not the end of the worldthe truth is Michael Vick went to jail for PERJURY Had he admitted to the involvement of this crime in the begining he would have only been slapped with a big azz fine AND PLACE ON PROBATION! While everyone is all for a dog loving world and the pounds put millions of dogs down every minute. An they give no sympathy to the PIT BULL breed and automatically disallow anyone to adopt them. YEAH what he did was awful and a disgrace to his own character!! You don’t seen any punishment taking against people who are in the FUR industry these poor animals are hunted and skinned to make MILLIONS even from other big time celeberties such as MICHAEL VICK. It’s all about who you can MOCK at any given point and time.

  • Rodrigo says:

    Mine is in response to Samuel Castro’s blog about the racial issue with Vick being black and the law wanting to make an example out of him. I can see where you’re coming from but the fact of the matter is that what the guy did is common practice among serial killers as children. Black white or red Vick is being punished because he not only pit God knows how many dogs together to tear one another apart but executed the ones that were “not performing” in heinous ways. It almost seems these guys went way out of there way to watch a living breathing animal suffer. It’s not like he abandoned them in a field or dropped them off in a wicker basket on someone’s door step. He threw them out windows tossed a noose around their necks so their spines would snap or they would suffocate and die and God knows what else. I am also the owner of two pitbulls and have had them around since I was born and it surprises me that you would take that stance racial issue aside.

  • Angry Drunk says:

    People and animals anything with a brain feel pain so an animal or a one month old baby with limited intelligence will feel pain. If there were a higher intelligence above us and they harmed us and said “it’s just a person” how would you feel? Think about it unless you’re not intelligent enough to comprehend what I’m writing. As for the race card players remember one hundred years ago people were saying “it’s just a black person” so think about the “it’s just an animal” saying also.

  • rojo says:

    devon don’t know what to say to you. You seem to have an understanding of english perhaps you have some anger management issues. I’ll write this slowly for you. Canaduck was joking .

  • Mayrette says:

    First of all “anonymous” is a coward for shouting out his criticisms of atheists when he can’t even disclose his name or what religion he is. What does Ingrid Newkirk’s personal beliefs have to do with of other PETA members personal beliefs of God. Secondly Judge Henry Hudson was the one that sentenced Vick not Ingrid or PETA. Thirdly where does it say in ANY religion that man is allowed to abuse or torture any animals. The charges Micheal Vick faces are of his own doings this isn’t about celeb status or race this is about violating the law and causing suffering to a living and defenseless creature.

  • sherry white says:

    FOR AMANDA MABY YOU SHOULD SET IN PRISON WITH VICKTHESE ARE NOT JUST FUCKING DOGS!THEY TO LIVE AND HAVE FEELINGSAND WHAT HE DID HE SHOULD HAVE IT DONE TO HIM.AND THIS IS WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE SUPPOSED TO LOOK UP TOO? THAT IS COLD BLOODED.

  • rojo says:

    ana maria english is a difficult language to master and that is probably why you’ve missed Canaducks’ parody on the typical vick supporter. He was using humour.

  • samuel castro says:

    I think that because Micheal Vick was a black young and rich NFL player that they made a example of him I think that it is wrong for what they have done to him but if would of been a white man fighting dog they would of just gotten there hand spank lets all remeber that the white generation began the pit bull fighting and there still are. But we will see when a white man gets cought fighting dogs to see what happens. We are still being jugde because of race this world is not perfect and its not like he killed or raped a human person. We have killer and rapest that do really bad things and they dont get the punishment that he has gotten. People make mistakes in life maybe that was his. How come when your doing good people valor you but as soon as you do something bad people judge you in the bible it saids that only god may judge us so why are other people determine what are future is. Iam a dog lover and a raise pitbulls for a hobby and i love my dogs with all my heart I have 3 arcer and Iam a breeder. We have people that go and get dogs and then leave them on the streets thats why we have pounds. I think that if he got the treatment he got for dog fighting that people that dont take care of there dogs should get the same treatment.

  • devon says:

    WHO EVER IS Canaduck IF YOU REALLY THINK THE YOU SHOULD DO WHAT EVER TO DOGS I THINK I SHOULD BE BLE TO TORTURE YOU TO CAUSE I THINKN KILLING AN ANIMAL IS THE SAME AS KILLING A HUMAN I WISH YOU SAID THAT TOP ME I WOULD HURT YOU SO BAD

  • Devon says:

    I think vick should get life in prison and he should get shot i hate his ass. if he was here i would torture him like he did the dogs so he can fell it.

  • anonymous says:

    i posted an earlier comment but i guess that was too deep for it to be viewed. all of the peta members are under the rule of a ceo that does not believe in God. micheal vick was sentenced to prison by “well you know” who. since your ceo has verbally stated her disbelief in God you all better be careful of your future.

  • anonymous says:

    now i know why michael vick is in prision. the ceo of peta does not believe in God. shame on this organization. one day all of you will face your maker.

  • Michele says:

    To “Unknown” using your logic infants children disabled and unemployed people would not have any rights since they don’t pay taxes. Read “Animal Liberation” by Peter Singer before you spout off any more of your crap. To “A king” and “Ana Maria” uh clearly you did not read Canaduck’s comments carefully enough. Heshe was doing an imitation of the antiPETA people who regularly post on these blogs. Canaduck is a VERY outspoken animal rights activist and has demonstrated the ability to have a very witty sense of humour. Go back and read it again maybe you will get it…

  • 007 says:

    rainbow chill. the bible is historically and scientifically “perfect” just like its author. the missing link theory is still the best scientists can do when in fact the author and finisher of our faith and the “creator” of ALL things the LIVING triune God IS the missing link! I agree with you that GET REAL’s carnal misinterpretation of the bible regarding animals is misleading because humanity has indeed evolved and is more civilized informed educated and concerned about animals than ever before. the world today has infinitely more sophisticated and progressive options measures and alternatives available to it re every facet of life where once was necessary or required to use an animal. the exploitation abuse and frivolous use and misuse of animals never was and is NO way biblically sanctioned. in fact we are to care for an animal’s NEEDS. a closing note you are unwise in your wild generalizations and insinuations against those under grace.

  • Anonymous says:

    i think that everyone who feels that theyve done everything perfect to please stand up I dont condone dogfighting in no way but if everyone who judged him business was flashed across a screen we all would receive life sentences.

  • 007 says:

    ooooops! PLEASE NOTE CORRECTION re previous post to Jalissa the word intended is “noble” NOT “notable” as typed.

  • 007 says:

    AMEN Sherri! you took the words right out of my mouth! anonymous is obviously ignorant of the FACT that ALL creation has a Godgiven right to LIFE! to jalissa re post dated 1211 1.54am… get a grip! NOBODYelse ruined mVick’s life! he ruined it Himself by the egotistical hellbent cruel choices HE made! if you and the few diehard fans and friends mVick has left can’t handle this simple truth of the matter andor the past present and future consequences of his dastardly deeds then oh well! what can anyone say except to suggest saving your time and energy for a more notable cause.

  • Ana Maria says:

    Dear A King Our “friend” Canaduck can’t understand the words you’re typing…because he doesn’t have enough gray matter on his brain…ups!…so sorry Canaduck…do u at least know what “gray matter” is?? moron!… Go back 2 school and learn how 2 spell or get some info about Microsoft Word there’s an action that automatically corrects all your erros when writing a letter… my mother tongue it’s not even english and I know how to write it…you should be ashamed!

  • Ana Maria says:

    Dear Canaduck Unknown and every asshole that thinks that M. Vick shouldn’t go to jail why don’t u all go fk yourselfs? why don’t yall find some other internet site to write down your idiotic comments?? here we don’t want nor need that kind of BS…you’re talking about taxes money prestige sports…bla bla bla…IT’S A LIFE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT!!!! dogs they breath and feel just the way we do…people please!!!…what’s your problem?…it is completly unbelievable at least on my mind that your common sense tells u that torturing animals is ok…yes it’s a good thing to do let’s teach this in schools!!!…WTF?.. I always respect other peoples point of view…but in this case I refuse to do it!!…it doesn’t make sense..I actually feel sorry 4 u guys.. I need to apologize with every animal lover that is reading this because of my lousy language..is just that in cases like this I just lose it!!.. If calling us animal lovers losers makes you happier than anything else in this world…then do it…we really don’t care…that’s why you’re the minority!…orrr…correct me if I’m wrong…WHERE’S YOUR INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION AGAINST ANIMAL RIGHTS???…now who’s the biggest loser? peace!

  • A King says:

    I agree that under two years seems like a slap on the wrist. It is well proven that cruelty to animals is a direct predecessor to violence directed towards other humans. So take that anonymous. Yes humans life is the most precious thing so lets protect that by preventing people to become ingrained and desensitized to a culture of violence. As far as the sentencing is concerned I would imagine he would get more time for the fact that this guy was trying to make money off of an illegal activity. I would like to see him do drug dealer time. As far as I am concerned he was trying to live the image of violence money and general badassness. I wonder how that works in prison. Probably a perfect fit. As far as what he does when he is released I think everyone deserves a chance to prove that they are changed. I would love to see a PSA that involved Vick some handcuffs and a pack of very slobbery and loving great danes. That would be a good test of his rehabilitation. And Canaduck 1. Your’re an ignorant fool who apparently has no defense for Vick’s appalling actions other than the ridiculous assertion that all of his opponents are racist. Bravo 2.I hope you don’t have animals. I mean why would you want them. You have to pay money to feed them they bark. No matter I asked a couple of my K9 friends and they said they didn’t like you anyways so no sweat everyones happy. 3. It’s spelled wearing and there is always a “u” after a “q”. Moron.

  • Lovely paws says:

    The people who think vick shouldn’t go to jail are dumbasses. Don’t you understand that if you torture or kill animals its just a matter of time when you get bored with animals and start going after people. Thats how seiral killers are born. I think anyone how kills animals are just as bad as people who kill other people. A life is a life. No matter if its a person or an animal no one should harm another. Its wrong in so many ways. I’m glad Vick is in jail.

  • sherri smith says:

    Hey Unknown love how you cowardly used that name some of us don’t have to have a monetary reason to love our pets and other animals. You are such a typical greedy person. Yet you think what you have to say is so much more important than anyone else. How about YOU shut the hell up? If you don’t like people supporting the rights of animals then find another playground troll.

  • j havard says:

    listen to what you animal rights people are saying. Vick should be beaten to death and such. You would be better served with him doing community service. I think your extreme nontollerence will eventually lead to your demise much like the KKK.