I’ve been watching the Michael Vick situation from my rock at the Pond. Being Orthodox gives me a slightly different perspective on it.
God gave man dominion over the world. See The Ol’ Curmudgeon’s Rumbling on this topic. It is my opinion that too many people do not “husband” their pets or other animals they own. (No, I don’t consider pets to be “little furry people.”)
From what I have read, it would seem that Michael Vick is a sociopathic sleaze who takes pleasure in inflicting pain on animals. If found guilty, he should receive the highest penalty possible.
Dogfighting involves pitting specially trained dogs against each other in a fight – frequently to the death of one or both. The animals involved will sustain bites, slashes, bruising, and blood loss – at the least. Fighting dogs have had their ears torn off, their muzzles shredded, and even bones broken. The American Pit Bull, the breed most frequently used in dogfighting, has very powerful jaws that can crush another dog’s leg, foot, or even spine.
Although a few people have had some success in re-training fighting dogs to be decent pets (Cesar Millan comes to mind), it is not a “given” that these dogs can ever be trusted around other dogs. That means the owner would never be able to take the dog out in public where he might encounter another dog! That means that once trained to fight, these dogs must be euthanized.
Dogfighting is intrinsically linked with gambling and drugs. So one could consider that dogfighting promotes these two vices. There just isn’t an “upside” to dogfighting!
Actually, Vick and any others who would do such things should be executed, but we don’t do that these days. Certainly I would never watch a football game in which he was playing. I hope he doesn’t get a football contract ever again.
Professional sports needs to clean up its act – and its players’ acts. The sport star is a “hero” to many kids – especially if he has “come out” of the poorer sections of his hometown. They need to provide a positive role model for their fans. professional sports can promote positive attitudes by: educating its’ players, firing any who are arrested for **anything.** (This includes speeding tickets.)
I await the outcome of the Vick episode with interest. And I’m waiting for the professional sports organizations to “do the right thing!”