Vick and dog-fighting: Something good?

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.

Filed under: pets, connected — Gina Spadafori @ 8:46 am


  1. The Vick case really brings it to light. States really have to make a strong laws against dog fighting.

    Comment by AC Sports — June 10, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

  2. And we all need to boycott and other companies selling dogfighting videos and cockfighting magazines. Even though shipment of this material is a felony under the recently enacted Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act, the company continues to sell and ship these videos and magazines. even claims it is within its First Amendment rights to sell dogfighting videos — although forbidden under two separate federal laws. The First Amendment does not protect companies from selling illegal materials. “ is so determined to sell illegal animal fighting material that it has filed a motion against The HSUS in federal court and asks that federal and state laws protecting animals be reversed to accommodate its sale of animal fighting paraphernalia.” See
    At first I thought it was greed, however I now believe Jeffrey Bezos,’s CEO and twenty-something percent owner must have a sick enjoyment in these cruel practices. Or maybe he participates in them – who knows. You can sign and edit a letter to Jeffrey Bezos asking stop selling these items and tell him you will not purchase products from as long as it sells aminal fighting material. Go to the HSUS link:

    Comment by Sandy — June 12, 2007 @ 2:47 pm

  3. Sandy, that form letter doesn’t work…..However I did go to and delete my wish list. I won’t do business with them, but I never have either….We have dogfighting in our area, but even I can’t find out who or where, I’m pretty sure law enforcement is winking at it, maybe even participating.

    Comment by Kathy — June 12, 2007 @ 10:39 pm

  4. Write Nike. Perhaps if they are inundated with letters, calls and emails they will invalidate this guy’s endorsement contract.

    Comment by Karen — June 21, 2007 @ 6:04 am


    Comment by The OTHER Pat — July 6, 2007 @ 9:27 pm

  6. I think Vick should rot in Hell. People who do this deserve to suffer. I say we wet him and his friends down and electrocute them.
    I don’t understand how people can be so impassionate toward another living being. And especiall someone like Vick, he was doing this for the $$, it was for ‘sport’ if you can call it that.

    Comment by Jennifer — July 19, 2007 @ 10:39 am

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