In a plea agreement entered today, Michael Vick, who was indicted last month for his role in a professional dogfighting operation, admitted that he had provided “most of the ‘Bad Newz Kennels’ operation and gambling proceeds” and admitted playing a role in the deaths of at least 6-8 dogs earlier this spring (some of these dogs were strangled or drowned). You can read CNN’s story about the plea agreement and comments from the public here.
It’s up to a judge now to decide Vick’s sentence and fine. I was appalled to learn that the maximum jail sentence for Vick’s offense is only 5 years.
If you’re like me, and you want to do something now, let the powers that be know right now that you won’t tolerate this kind of cruelty, contact the NFL and urge them to add cruelty to animals—in all its forms—to its “Personal Conduct Policy.” This case has shown that NFL fans are just as disgusted by cruelty to animals as by any of the other antisocial behaviors outlined in the policy. Click here to contact the NFL now, and be sure to pick up a “Dogfighters are Cowardly Scum” t-shirt from Café Press.