Petitions, demanding the NFL to remove former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick as one of four Legends captains at the 2020 Pro Bowl, have continued to generate hundreds of thousands of signatures. By Sunday morning, nearly 300,000 signatures have been garnered with the goal of 500,000.
The Change.org petition, started by Joanna Lind, hopes to remove Vick from being “honored” and act as a mentor for the players.
“Just saw this on Facebook and was absolutely disgusted. When is the NFL going to take any responsibility for the behavior of its current and former players? To honor a man who had zero regard for animals is unacceptable and I would like your help to make sure he is NOT honored at the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl…”
Meanwhile, one of the original petitions asking for Vick to be removed as an honorary Pro Bowl captain, found at AnimalVictory.org, is quickly approaching 340,000 signatures.
After serving 18 months in a federal prison for his conviction, Vick became a Philadelphia Eagle and played seven more seasons in the NFL, earning 60 million dollars. He now works for Fox Sports as an NFL analyst.
Pro Vick supporters contend the man served his punishment in prison and like other citizens when released have officially paid their debt to society. That may be, however did Vick ever pay his debt for the egregious torture of dogs used to fight and then killed in the most heinous ways if they lost?
Vick was never punished for animal cruelty. He may have been convicted of “dog fighting,” and he may have gone to prison, but what he and his friends actually did to dogs is worse than anyone could ever imagine doing to any animal – much less a dog.
Just in case anyone has forgotten the degree of viciousness and inhumanity Vick and his cohorts inflicted on the fighting dogs who lost their fights, the book “The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption” is still available and goes into graphic detail of the torturous deaths the dogs endured.
A chilling blog entry gives just one example:
“The details that got to me … involve the swimming pool that was used to kill some of the dogs. Jumper cables were clipped onto the ears of underperforming dogs, then just like with a car, the cables were connected to the terminals of car batteries before lifting and tossing the shamed dogs into the water. We don’t know how many suffered this premeditated murder, but the damage to the pool walls tells a story. It seems that while they were scrambling to escape, they scratched and clawed at the pool liner and bit at the dented aluminum sides like a hungry dog on a tin can.
And then there was more:
“…my mind’s image of a little black dog splashing frantically in bloody water … screaming in pain and terror…brown eyes saucer wide and tiny black white-toed feet clawing at anything, desperate to get a hold. This death did not come quickly. The rescuer in me keeps trying to think of a way to go back in time and somehow stop this torture and pull this little dog to safety. I think I will be looking for ways to pull that dog to safety for the rest of my life.”
It is true that Vick may have paid his debt to society, but to reward him for his egregious acts towards dogs – man’s best friends – is ludicrous. Colin Kaepernick used the NFL to peacefully demonstrate his feelings against racial inequality and struggles to find a position to play football, yet Vick who electrocuted dogs, literally pulled them apart and drowned them is rewarded will never be acceptable in our society.
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