Fickle football fans forgive Michael Vick

roryanne muldrake By roryanne muldrake, 5th Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/pe42j4rq/
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My opinion on the NFL and football fans, accepting Michael Vick back as a pro-football player.

Forgiveness does not extend to man's best friend

Eagles' fans are reportedly forgiving towards Michael Vick, who spent less than one year in prison after convicted of "financing a dog fighting operation, directly participating in dog fights and executions, and personally handling thousands of dollars in related gambling activities."

The reason for the forgiveness, according to PennLive:

"Vick has commanded the Philadelphia Eagles to a strong 8-4 record and first place in the NFC East, wowing with record-setting performances on the field and resurrecting a shattered public image to earn the admiration of fans and millions beyond the football field. Sports writers call him Mr. Excitement. MVP buzz surrounds him. His No. 7 jersey, once dropped by Reebok and boycotted by retailers, is flying off the shelves. The once-dethroned athlete graces the cover of Sports Illustrated and is a spokesperson for animal rights."

How nice for Philadelphia Eagles' fans that they may make it to the Super Bowl.

Meanwhile, the public continues to ostracize the same dogs Vick executed, trained, and fought to the death, for profit.

When will pit bulls be forgiven?

Last February, reports of three separate attacks by pit bulls in the city of Philadelphia, one fatal, causes further problems for the reputations of pit bulls in general.

It is a tragedy that a young woman died in one of those attacks. The problem I have with blaming only the pit bulls, is that the woman's mother who lived in a row home in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia, owned six pit bulls.

I fail to understand the screening process at shelters when it comes to a woman's ability to own six pit bulls. Years ago, before owning my first home, I adopted my first dog. The local SPCA actually called the property owner to ensure that he knew I was bringing a dog home.

How did this woman own six pit bulls in a row house, without one person raising the question of why so many? Whenever you hear about many pit bulls in one home, normally you would suspect something.

When a person owns six pit bulls, it is a safe bet that these dogs were for something other than pets.

Pit bulls are not born killers. Pit bull owners have a choice to raise their dogs as loving, affectionate animals, or to train them to fight for profit.

In the case of the 10-year old boy viciously attacked by pit bulls in a park in the Frankford section of Philadelphia, it revolved around young boys walking the pit bulls. Where were the boys' parents who should have been walking them?

The first attack this past weekend occurred when a pit bull owned by another resident of the home, not the victim, attacked a 52-year-old woman. No further details are available for this attack.

Any dog can bite or attack and you probably would not be able to figure out what triggered the attack. Many dogs are food aggressive and people cannot approach these dogs while they eat.

One of my dogs, a mixed breed of unknown origin, is so gentle that I could stick my face inside his food bowl and he would eat around it.

However, I would not allow a guest in my home to do that, because you just never know.

Another NFL star and his dogs


In November of 2008, another NFL superstar, Joe Namath, had to go to court for his two dogs, a Weimaraner, and a Labrador retriever. Four separate incidents, some involving monetary reimbursements, caused a judge to declare his lab, 'dangerous'. In one of the alleged attacks, Namath warned the person not to come closer to the house.

Because of Namath's superstar status, these stories made headlines in a way that portrayed Labrador Retrievers in the same light as the stories circulating about pit bulls often do.

According to dog experts, Labrador Retrievers are the number one dog in the nation in popularity, and the best dog to have if small children are in the house. Therefore, my thoughts are that these people took Namath to court knowing how much money he had.

When shelters take in a large quantity of pit bulls because of a dog-fighting ring, experts who deal with rehabilitating pit bulls, need to get involved. The problem, as usual, lies in the lack of funding to pay for these services.

Frivolous lawsuits against dog owners do not help in the efforts to restore pit bulls' reputation, anymore than forgiving Michael Vick for what he did to pit bulls, does.

Also known to be sweet and affectionate according to owners who have had pit bulls for years, these dogs will always invoke fear and loathing, even when it is misdirected. People need to understand that their loathing of the breed belongs to the owners who mistreat and use pit bulls for profit.

Pit bull owners who love their dogs and hate the bad reputation the whole breed inherited because of irresponsible, abusive owners would love to get involved in the rehabilitating of pit bulls to ensure they receive a second chance.

Animal Rescue and Shelters

Merely placing photos and a short bio on dozens of pit bulls in shelters is not going to do much to find those dogs homes.

The most damaging event to take place for pit bulls is the acceptance of Michael Vick, a dog-fighting ring owner, back into the NFL. The NFL erred when they allowed a man who trained dogs to fight for profit, and to the death, back into the organization. Vick represents everything owners of pit bulls hate in a person.

Pit bulls are not the only dogs that do things that dogs do instinctively. However, they are no longer roaming in the wild. They are now family pets, and it is the family's responsibility to ensure their dog is safe around all family members.

When shelters take in a large quantity of pit bulls because of a dog-fighting ring, experts who deal with rehabilitating pit bulls, need to get involved. The problem, as usual, lies in the lack of funding to pay for these services.

Pit bull owners who love their dogs and hate the bad reputation the whole breed inherited because of irresponsible, abusive owners would love to get involved in the rehabilitating of pit bulls to ensure they receive a second chance.

Merely placing photos and a short bio on dozens of pit bulls in shelters is not going to do much to find those dogs homes. The most damaging event to take place for pit bulls is the acceptance of Michael Vick, a dog-fighting ring owner, back into the NFL.

In my opinion, the NFL erred when they allowed a man who trained dogs to fight for profit, and to the death, back into the organization. Vick represents everything owners of pit bulls hate in a person.

We need to have stricter rules and more screening for people dopting pit bulls. The tragic death of the woman killed by the pit bull recently, was the first time a person died from a dog attack in twenty-five years, in Philadelphia.

Maybe if we trained pit bulls to throw a football like Vick, attitudes toward pit bulls would change.

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Dog Fighting, Football, Michael Vick, Nfl, Pit Bulls

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author avatar Denise O
10th Dec 2010 (#)

Sadly, of course he would be forgiven, he is good at football.
Makes me sick!
Not just because, I am a Falcons fan but, that our society is willing to overlook his awful deeds just to win a stupid football game.
Good read.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar roryanne muldrake
10th Dec 2010 (#)

I'm originally from Philly and I hope the Eagles come in dead last. LOL

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