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Resurrecting a Public ImagePosted Saturday, July 12, 2008, at 2:11 PM
Don't ever accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you're wonderful.
Dog-fighting is a felony in every state in the USA, except Idaho and Wyoming. Two dogs enter a ring and attack each other until one prevails, sometimes killing the other dog, always inflicting severe damage. The Humane Society estimates as many as 40,000 people in this country participate in this barbaric practice.
Ninety-nine percent of fighting dogs are pit bulls. They are bred to want to kill any dog in front of them. They are bred to have a willingness to continue fighting, even in great pain, even in the face of death.
Dog-fighting is a sadistic, brutal act of cruelty forced upon innocent animals that have no other option than to kill or be killed. Only a human maggot with a brain the size of a garbanzo bean would consider dog-fighting to be a legitimate sport.
On April 25, 2007, authorities raided a house on 15 acres in Virginia owned by Michael Vick. They found over 70 dogs (mostly pit bulls, most suffering from neglect, many with obvious wounds and injuries), a dog-fighting pit, bloodstained carpets and equipment commonly associated with dog-fighting.
Vick was not at the scene and denied knowledge of dog-fighting at the property, which was called "Michael Vick's Bad Newz Kennels" by those who ran the operation.
Michael Vick, former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, is currently serving a 23-month prison sentence on dog-fighting related charges.
In the original 19-page indictment, Vick was allegedly highly involved in the operation. He attended dog fights, paid off bets when his dogs lost and killed dogs he considered to be substandard. The indictment further stated that Vick personally executed eight dogs by various methods who did not perform well in testing sessions, including by electrocution, drowning, hanging and slamming at least one dog's head to the ground.
On July 7, 2008, Vick filed Chapter 11 papers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Vick's lawyers said in the filing that they hope Vick "can, after the conclusion of the bankruptcy case, rebuild his life on a personal and spiritual level, resurrect his image as a public figure, and resolve matters with the NFL such that he can resume his career."
News Flash to Vick's Lawyers -- The only way your client could possibly resurrect his public image is to sprout a halo and bring everlasting peace to Planet Earth.
Vick should be chained to the engine block of a 1959 Buick, wearing only a diaper, and put on public display at the corner of Hollywood and Vine where people can toss peanuts at him as they pass by.
The ancient Romans thought it was sporting to feed Christians to the lions. They were wrong.
Michael Vick thought it was sporting to force dogs to kill each other. Good luck resurrecting your public image.
Quote of the Day -- "The dog is a gentleman. I hope to go to his heaven, not man's." Mark Twain
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Bret Burquest is a former award-winning columnist for The News (2001-2007) and author of four novels. He has lived in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Kansas City, Memphis and the middle of the Arizona desert. After a life of blood, sweat and tears in big cities, he has finally found peace in northern Arkansas where he grows tomatoes, watches sunsets and occasionally shares the Secrets of the Universe (and beyond) with the rest of the world.