The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #122909 Message #3289252
Posted By: Jack the Sailor
12-Jan-12 - 08:45 AM
Thread Name: BS: Michael Vick, dog-fighter, is an Eagle
Subject: RE: BS: Michael Vick, dog-fighter, is an Eagle
You are being very disrespectful to me. I will not return that treatment. You sarcastically commented report of the apology because of its source. Here is another source. The Humane Society of the US
It seems that the HSUS believes that Vick was "strongly" punished considering the law at the time.
"Given the penalties available at the time he was sentenced, U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson meted out a strong penalty to Vick. He paid a steep price for his crimes, in addition to serving his prison sentence. The HSUS has worked to upgrade the federal animal fighting law twice in the last two years. The penalties are much more severe now than in April 2007, when Vick's home was raided. The HSUS has been pushing for felony-level penalties for animal fighting crimes for years because that's the only way to drive criminals out of this business."
Vick seems to be making a substantial effort ($1,000,000) to mitigate the damage and to decrease dog fighting.
"After meeting with Vick and hearing him express his remorse, Pacelle consulted with The HSUS' board of directors and staff. Despite our utter disgust with what Vick did and our leading role in making sure he was convicted and punished for his crimes, we decided that shunning Vick forever would do no good for any animal. Vick paid $1 million for the care and rehabilitation of the dogs at Bad Newz Kennels. Now, we want him to contribute his time to attack the problem by reaching inner-city youth. "