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On the Michael Vick Situation 
30th-Jul-2007 03:39 pm
This is all I have to say on the matter. If found guilty, he should receive the death penalty as far as I'm concerned. They all should, because this is beyond cruel and inhuman.

This is a video I found to better explain why, especially for anyone (though I cannot imagine how) who is sitting on the fence about how bad dog fighting is, or those apathetic about it. It is DEFINITELY not for the squeamish, but I reccomend watching it - lots of interview footage with Humane Society officials interspersed with video footage of some of the most ghastly things I have ever seen. It made me sick to my stomach and I started to cry when I saw the dog with the broken legs near the end that they were still trying to fight. Be warned.

Years ago, we adopted a pit bull who was on the brink of death - she'd been abandoned and tied up in a shed with no water or food for days and had a serious (life threatning) skin condition that the vet was amazed she survived. We brought her home, nursed her to health, and she was the sweetest thing you could have imagined - but she never got over her aggressive tendencies and in the end we had to give her away to people who had no other animals. She kept fighting our other dogs unprovoked, and it was too dangerous to have her at home with our other dogs as well as Cole, who was only in Pre-K at the time. Elly was a sweetheart, though. I miss her. It is in part because of Elly that I feel as strongly as I do on this issue, because I've seen first hand what these people do to the dogs they raise and what conditions they leave them in as a result.

I would also like to mention that Maddy, the other pit bull we got from a trailer park family that was fighting her, is still going strong and while she is mostly nonaggressive (95% of the time), it's been an uphill battle. The only thing she really hates and wants to fight now is motorcycles - especially Harleys. She's eight years old, only has one ear, eight teeth, and is narcoleptic - but we love her.

Put and END to Animal Fighting!
30th-Jul-2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
I haven't watched the video yet, but I know what it'll look like...I've watched enough episodes of Animal Cops to get the general idea.

And of course I agree with you about how horrible dogfighting is. Pit bulls are not inherently aggressive...humans make them that way. I don't understand people who somehow think this is a "sport". It just makes me sad. :(
30th-Jul-2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, and I saw this video earlier:

30th-Jul-2007 08:13 pm (UTC) - Hey
I have a really important question. Could you get in touch with me sometime when you have a moment? Thanx.

Oh yeah, vick should burn in Hell (or Mississippi, which as I understand, is worse)
30th-Jul-2007 08:25 pm (UTC) - Re: Hey
I love that icon! Mind if I gank it?
30th-Jul-2007 09:02 pm (UTC) - Re: Hey
Absolutely! and any others I have as well!
30th-Jul-2007 09:42 pm (UTC) - Re: Hey
Thank you! I'm a huge fan of that movie, and what it says. It feels oddly prophetic to me, considering the current state of affairs in the world.
30th-Jul-2007 11:30 pm (UTC) - Re: Hey
likewise, I'm sure. There are a plethora of great vfv icons out there. I have a few saved on the pc.

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30th-Jul-2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
I need not watch these videos as I have a very vivid imagination and I literally cringe into spasms when I see videos or hear in explicit details the harm upon innocent animals and children. With that said, I abhor dog fighting, I cannot begin to imagine what kind of joy a person gets out of seeing dogs rip each other a part. A light at the end of the tunnel with this Sick Vick shit is that one of his co-defendents plea bargained today as guilty and will cooperate with the Feds. I'm hoping whatever this scum has to say will bring Vick down and this entire case will be used to demonstrate the severe penalities (financial and freedom) from those tried and convicted of participating in dog fight operations.

30th-Jul-2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
I can't even bring myself to watch that video clip. People who abuse animals that way should be locked up and have the key thrown away. They should be left to starve to death. I know that's harsh, but I have no mercy whatsoever for anyone who abuses an animal. Last year, a guy here put a small dog in an oven at 200-degrees to "punish" the animal; the poor dog came out of that with the pads on his feet fused. He got a slap on the wrist, and when the animal rights advocate group tried to get our Legislature to pass a law making animal abuse a felony, the "rural" Utah contingent blocked it, saying "you don't understand the nees of rural Utahns who breed livestock."


She's eight years old, only has one ear, eight teeth, and is narcoleptic - but we love her.

In my mind, sir, you are a Saint for giving this girl a loving home!
30th-Jul-2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
This reminds me of my favorite dog growing up. Satan (so named for his distressing tendency to eat electrical extension cords) wandered up to my grandparents' house as a puppy. According to my grandfather, he was severely emaciated and there were cigarette burns all over his body. My grandfather saw that he was a pit bull, and non-aggressive towards him and the other dog on the property.

My grandmother told my grandfather to set out some food for the dog. He did, the dog stayed, and became a beloved member of my family. I can't recall a time when he ever growled at another person or Corky, the dachshund my grandparents also had at that time. I do remember him chasing stray cats off the property, but that's the extent of any aggressive behavior that I ever saw.

He died about six years after my grandparents adopted him. I still miss him--and stories of animal cruelty remind me of him all over. It's needless, so terribly inhumane, and so horrible for the animals.
31st-Jul-2007 07:31 am (UTC)
I think anyone who could do that to an animal doesn't deserve to live, period. There should be stiffer penalties for this shit. In most places it's just a misdemeanor which means a small fine and a slap on the wrist. The people need serious jail time and huge fines. And I'm not talking just for the people hosting it and making the dogs fight but also the people who attend the fights as well. Anyone who goes to one of those fights and doesn't call the police should be beaten with a sledge hammer.
31st-Jul-2007 09:34 am (UTC)
*sigh* As always, some of the YouTube comments on it, are almost as disturbing as the video.
31st-Jul-2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry but I can't bring myself to watch the video. I know what they do and it makes me ill.

I agree with another poster that not only the owners of the dogs and those that host these fights should be jailed but those attending should be as well, for without paying customers there wouldn't be a financial gain by doing this. Although some yahoos would do it even if no money was involved.

This is so sad!

1st-Aug-2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
I know that I can't even watch that video. I would puke, and have nightmares that somebody was trying to do that to my Mossy. He's a greyhound, and the biggest 80 pound wimp in the world... not a fighting dog, but still, I'd have nightmares.

What gets me are the people who are trying to bring race into this as an issue (I saw a headline that connected said the Vick thing was turning into a racial battle).
I don't care if he's white, black, red or green... dog fighting is a cruel and inhumane act. To call it a sport is to degredate the meaning of the word. He should be prosecuted.

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