Bad judgement ruins Vick’s reputation

By Jonathan Barnett
September 13, 2007

It seems to me that death is so lightly thought of; it’s often tossed to the back of our minds. A fight is just another event; it gets our blood flowing.

How can one sit by and enjoy watching the destructio and sometimes death of participants of such “real-life” events?

I find myself thinking back to the days of the Coliseum when crowds, in the name of sport, watched as men fought to the death. When I think about events such as these, certain words come to mind: Barbaric. Animalistic. Inhumane.

Now think about these events, replacing the humans with animals. Is it any less barbaric? Can it now be considered a reasonable sport? Something for the average person to watch and bet money on?

I can’t see any logical reason for dogfights. There is no positive outcome from them. There are only negative consequences to such events.

If dogfights themselves were not enough, the outcomes are much worse than the actual fights. The losing dog, if not dead already, is subjected to some of the most horrendous acts ever heard of.

Some subjects involved in the dogfighting case with Michael Vick, star quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, admitted to having committed horrible acts of physical violence on the dogs involved in the fights.

Among the brutal acts of violence were such things as slamming a dog’s head onto the ground until it was dead, holding a dog’s head in a bucket filled with water until it drowned and electrocution to the point of death.

I cannot even fathom how any of this could be considered even slightly entertaining. These acts can only be judged as revolting and pervasively sadistic.

Some people have tried to justify these acts by claiming, “It’s only a dog.” Well since it was “just a dog” I guess that doesn’t make it a horrible thing to do. I should have realized that since it wasn’t a human it was okay to kill it for fun.

Maybe I will go next door and get my neighbors’ dog and take bets on how many times I can hit its head on the pavement until it dies.

For the “sport” of it, I will ever so barbarically slam its head on the asphalt in front of my house until its head is a mess of fur, brains and blood. I will proceed to laugh and joke about it with my friends.

When the police show up at my house and believe me, they will show up, I will simply explain to them that I was perfectly justified in what I was doing. I was just participating in a sport of sorts and it would be absolutely ridiculous for them to arrest me since it was just a sport, something my friends and I did all the time for fun.

There are laws against animal cruelty, and they exist for a reason. One of those reasons is so that things like this do not go unchecked.

When I spoke with people I know about this issue they all had the same general response. It is wrong and anyone involved should be punished for such violent crimes, whether the victims were human or not.

There is no doubt in my mind that Michael Vick should be held accountable for the crimes he committed or helped commit. I say this because no one, no matter how famous or important, should be able to get away with such heinous crimes.

If any other Average Joe or Jane were caught up in this kind of activity there is no question as to whether that person would be incarcerated for his or her involvement.

I do not believe any of Vick’s claims that he did not know the dogfights were illegal in the location where they were taking place. If you are going to run, fund or even participate in something of this nature you most certainly know the status of its legality.

I’m sorry, Mr. Vick. As a football player, you are a legend in my eyes and you will remain that way. As a person, I can’t help but to be disappointed and utterly disgusted because of the bad judgment and the lack of moral character you have portrayed to your public.

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