By Gina Spadafori
June 10, 2007
A co-worker of mine who worked as a sportswriter for years asked me why all the “animal nuts” were “worked up” over allegations that NFL star Michael Vick was involved in dog-fighting. “What’s the big deal?” he said. “All dogs fight sometimes, right?”
And so I told him. And this man, who has travelled all over the world covering everything from the Olympics to the Masters, had no idea that dog-fighting was really about animals working to kill each other, and being killed for losing, and learning to kill on animals who have mouths and legs duct-taped together so they can’t fight back.
“Wow,” he finally said. “I had no idea. That’s sick.”
So maybe this Vick thing will get more people realizing what’s going on, and working to stop it. This piece from USA Today makes that point, in exploring the national shame of thugs pitting animals against each other for “fun”:
Murder has a way of making people talk. When the Liberty County sheriff’s office began snooping for leads, they found a road that led in all directions. Pittsburgh. Atlanta. Los Angeles. Dayton, Ohio. Even Ecuador.
And they kept hearing one name in particular: Michael Vick.
Ohhhh, yes,” said Liberty County sheriff’s Capt. Chip Fairchild. “When we were in Dayton, they mentioned it there. In Atlanta and Pittsburgh, too. They all knew about Michael Vick being into it and sinking big dollars into it. We kept hearing that over and over. That wasn’t a trail we needed to go down, because there was no indication that he had ever been here or knew our guy (Weigner). But our guy certainly knew people who knew Michael Vick.”
Here’s the rest.