December 26, 2010
I love dogs. They improve our lives, and lengthen them. They make us happier people.
Who doesn't deserve that?
As one animal lover/activist told me recently, "Nobody should be denied the companionship of a loyal pet."
But that same animal lover/activist also has this bumper sticker on his vehicle: "Help stop dog fighting. Neuter Michael Vick."
Harsh? Only if you forget the deeper, sordid picture of Vick's Bad Newz dog fighting ring in Surry County, which wasn't just some gentleman's sporting club where wagering was committed as well-muscled, athletic pit bulls tussled in a ring together, and may the better dog win.
This was a blood sport — emphasis on "blood" — in which dogs were maimed, crippled and ripped apart.
A judge ordered him not to own a dog while he's on probation, but apparently Vick has begun to reflect on how wonderful a family pet can be.
"I think just to have a pet in my household," said Vick in an interview with NBC News and The Grio.com, "and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love and my passion for animals, I think it would be outstanding."
His advocate, Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, thinks so, too.
"I have been around him a lot," Pacelle told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "and feel confident that he would do a good job as a pet owner."
Unless Pacelle is willing to give Vick his own personal family pet with no conditions, oversight or reservations — then forget it. Read More
Wayne Pacelle and the HSUS continue to show how out of touch they really are with their endorsement of pet ownership for convicted felon Michael Vick. This isn’t sitting well with anyone and Pacelle is hearing about it. This probably one of the biggest blunders Pacelle has ever made for his factory fundraising machine. It shows where their priorities are when they still don’t want livestock used for food but they think Vick should own a dog again.