The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #122909   Message #2701975
Posted By: Ebbie
16-Aug-09 - 10:27 PM
Thread Name: BS: Michael Vick, dog-fighter, is an Eagle
Subject: RE: BS: Michael Vick, dog-fighter, is an Eagle
Vick getting back in the game shouldn't be such a surprise to you. Everyone was warned:

"April 3, 2009 — Vick testifies in federal bankruptcy court that he has become a changed man and will do all the right things upon his release from prison, including repaying his creditors by resuming his professional football career."

I am of more than one mind in all this. On the one hand learning of cruelty to children and animals is the one thing that reduces me to helpless tears. On the other, I am also aware that there are people who just don't get it. .

These are people among us who are decent, loving, 'god-fearing' folks who simply lack a frame of reference for that kind of empathy, who seem to think of animals of all kinds as being fair game (no pun intended) for anything they might wish to do to them for whatever reason, whether for convenience, curiosity, punishment, example, greater profit or what have you. Look at the Amish and their horrifying puppy mills.

As has been said above, dog fighting and cock fighting goes on all over this country. The owners of the animals are not the only ones complicit in this- people gather to watch and to lay their money down. I understand large chunks of money change hands. And yet I have no difficulty believing that these are people who love their families, perhaps even their pets- and one challenges their love of country at one's own peril..

Have any of you watched and enjoyed 'The Sopranos'? I have a problem with anyone espousing the virtues of mercy and compassion, of legalities and fair play, and yet who fell in love with that series.

I used to live in Oregon. In the hills above various towns are fighting cocks, each in its own little 'house' visible from the dirt roads. It is illegal to fight them but NOT illegal to breed and keep them. And yet everyone knows for what purpose they are being kept. They are not maintained in top condition as pets; you can lay your money on that.