Well, it sure has been interesting watching the circus that has hit the headlines surrounding the Vick allegations...Yes, I felt the need to state allegations as I constantly hear people spouting the phrase 'innocent until proven guilty.' Yeh, yeh, we know all that, but the fact of the matter is there is no way Vick did not know about the dogfights occuring on his property - IMO - and it also doesn't help that he was funding a pit bull kennel. Just a coincidence? I don't think so.
When I first heard about the bust on Vick's property it was through a pit bull rescue list that I frequent and although I didn't know about Vick, I have to say that I don't hold much respect for sports figures in general and nothing would surprise me of their illegal activities. But hey, even I didn't think this case would get so much attention, but then again when you look at the outrageous attention Paris Hilton received over a petty jail sentence and then no jail sentence, I guess I really shouldn't be surprised.
As much as I would like any person involved in dog fighting to get exactly what they deserve, whether they have celebrity status or not, I would hate that media attention surrounding Vick would become such a witch hunt that he may get off on some technicality. Look at the O.J. Simpson case. Everyone knew the guy was as guilty as sin, but he was acquitted because people were too eager to try and convict him, and maybe even twist the truth just a little.
I must say I am surprised that PETA are getting involved? Yes, they profess to love animals and I must say I used to be a supporter, even though I didn't agree with all their antics. That changed after adopting my APBT and finding out that they are one of the groups that are behind the breed specific legislation that is ensuring that so many family pets are re-homed or killed in shelters. So really, it seems ludicrous and hypocritical that they would jump on the bandwagon and attack Vick and his cronies. But I guess the more voices that go out against dog fighting, the better it will be for all the abused dogs that must suffer from this tyrannical sport.
Another thing I have notice in the papers is the issue of race that has arisen with this case. Hey, just check some of the ignorant comments posted on sites like MySpace or YouTube if you don't believe me. For some reason, there are many people coming out of the closet to defend Vick because he is African American. This isn't about race people! Dog fighting occurs in numerous countries and by many different nationalities, so don't make this about race. I was surprised and appalled that the NAACP are supporting the man? Really, why would you? It is not like the man was a model citizen for humanity before all this took place, and it is not like he didn't have many interactions with law enforcement in the past. It is obvious that Vick didn't want to leave his shady past behind when he made it big, and now I hope that they make an example of him for all those other celebritie thugs who think they can abuse animals because 'they are only animals' and get away with it.