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Michael Vick and OJ Simpson

By Dr. Andrew Jones

From: Dr Andrew Jones
Author: Veterinary Secrets Revealed
Website: www.veterinarysecretsrevealed.com/vsr.php

Re: The Michael Vick story and dog fighting.

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Hello readers of Veterinary Secrets.

I am just returning from a very enjoyable vacation in the Maritimes.

We had fabulous weather, lots of sand, a warm ocean and plenty
of time to relax.

My children Liam and Aliza, were in their glory beach combing.

Our dog Lewis as well would have loved it, but the 1 airline
that flies out of the area where I live ( the West Kootenays) no
longer will fly pets..Lewis has been spending his vacation with our
neighbor and their dog Pearl.

If you are ever able to travel to Canada’s East Coast, I highly
advise checking out the beautiful beaches of Prince Edward Island.

I was listening to a news story about Michael Vick’s ongoing
legal battles. He has pled “not guilty” to charges of illegal
dog fighting.

There has been a HUGE outcry from many of the public in response to
the alleged charges..

But he does have a legion of supporters, who claim he is simply being
persecuted because he is a wealthy, successful, black man.

One reporter drew the connection to OJ Simpson??

The way I see it there are some BIG DIFFERENT issues here.

1. Running an illegal gambling operation from dog fighting is a ‘serious’
allegation- If he was in politics he would have immediately stepped down
while the courts determined his guilt or innocence. In his situation public
pressure has changed Mr Vick’s plans,- he has not taken ANY individual
responsibility.

2. If Mr Vick was not directly involved, then he should at the VERY least
be speaking out against Dog fighting- by pleading not guilty and staying silent
he is in essence condoning these disgusting actions.

3. He is wealthy, prominent and black, BUT the core of the allegations have
nothing to do with race. There are as many Caucasians that participate in illegal
dog fighting.

Dog Fighting is WRONG- PERIOD. It is time that this practice ENDS.

The American Humane Society has a petition that you can sign
to help support the bill to eliminate dog fighting. I urge you all
to sign it.
Click here to take action now!

www.americanhumane.org/site/R?i=Ngwlk6k12n0m1o4Ct3zr1w..

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P.S. I have been receiving many questions sent in by concerned
readers about a variety of pet health issues. I would love to be able to respond
to them all, but I really don’t have the time.

If you have a burning pet dog or cat health question, then I urge
you to become a member of my Inner Circle. There you can post questions
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Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM

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One Response to “Michael Vick and OJ Simpson”


  1. Animal Chaplain Says:
    August 29th, 2007 at 12:16 am

    I watched Vick’s public apology with my little son who USED TO wear Michael Vick jerseys to school. It is disturbing to think a certain percentage of the population is honestly going to be swayed by Michael Vick’s “enlightenment” carefully crafted by his overpaid attorneys. Call me a cynic, but I don’t believe a man who has been allegedly torturing animals since childhood coincidentally has a religious epiphany as a result of getting caught and losing his job. I hope I am wrong.

    If there is anything good about the Michael Vick story, it is that there is an emerging increased awareness about animal cruelty and animal fighting. There is so much anger about this issue. If we channel it into a positive direction, hopefully, something good can come of it. However…

    I think it is a sad commentary that we, as a culture, are using the Vick story to compare “What’s worse?” “What’s worse”, we ask, “carelessly fathering illegitimate children, or dogfighting?”. “Dogfighting or gambling?” “Dogfighting or rape?” “Dogfighting or racism?” “Dogfighting or hateful nationalism?” “Dogfighting or (fill in the blank)….?” The comparisons to dogfighting have been endless.

    Dogfighting is one more piece of evidence our country is in need of a spiritual transformation (please note I said spiritual and not necessarily religious). Animals are sentient beings – they feel pain, and they suffer, just like we do. They are not more important, or less important than human beings, but like human beings, they are important, too.

    Dogfighting pits one dog against another until one of them dies. The survivor gets his flesh torn off, ears ripped off, eyes pulled out, etc., and the reward for being “a winner” is to writhe in pain until the next fight. Enough said. The pictures make my flesh crawl. The losers are tortured, beaten, starved, electrocuted or drowned. For what? Because these poor creatures were unlucky enough to be born a dog!

    Every major faith teaches its followers to be responsible stewards of animals and the Earth. Please help us get the word out that caring for animals, just like caring for people, is an important part of just being a decent person and citizen. If we make this a priority, there will be no more dogfighting horror stories, and no more pointless comparisons of evils. Let us all rise, together, to be better people than we are today, shall we?

    Chaplain Nancy Cronk
    Founder, http://www.AnimalChaplains.com

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