A blog by spcaLA president, Madeline Bernstein

Dec 17, 2010

Michael Vick, The Luckiest Felon in America, Wants a Dog for Christmas

Michael Vick is the luckiest felon in America. After being convicted of dog fighting and serving time in jail, he still keeps his job, earns millions, is fought over by media organizations and media hungry charities, and continues to live the American Dream as star NFL quarterback and possible MVP. What kid in jail for stealing an iPod gets the same mercy?

But he wants something he cannot now buy - a dog! (He is prohibited by virtue of his sentencing agreements to do so.) What is interesting to me about this is the universal schizophrenia displayed by dog fighters and cock fighters alike, which is simply - the way they treat their pets is different than the way they view what is going on in the ring.  I have been in the animal welfare enforcement business forever and have been present at numerous dog and bird fights. Without exception, the fighters tell me - "Animal cruelty? I would never be cruel to my dog - these dogs are business, like to fight, are not real dogs." In fact, many animal fighters have family pets they would not think of raising their voices at. They usually assert that I simply don't understand.

This, however, is not a distinction manifested by juvenile fighters, especially those who look up to Vick. They lack compassion for pets as well, and actually fight their pets believing that they are emulating a hero. This makes life a lot worse for a lot of dogs.

Vick wants a pet dog - proving that he still doesn't understand the extent and nuances of the crime and why the ban is imposed. He asserts he is cured and that the proof of that is his assertion. No doubt the luckiest felon in America feels like a victim.

If this is his Hail Mary sympathy Christmas play i.e. the dog is for my family - not just me. Forget about it. My dad always says - "If you're looking for sympathy, it's between sh-t and syphilis in the dictionary."


  1. This drives me crazy! He regrets his actions becuase his daughter can't have a dog because of him. Thats what he is concerned with, not with the dogs that suffered and died by his hands. I wish the media would stop promoting him all the time, it is difficult to watch. Glad there are others shining light on his non-quarterback side.
    -- Sarah and Blackie www.iloveabull.com

  2. All that, plus he gets his own reality show. Michael Vick disgusts me.

  3. He shouldn't have a daughter either, in my opinion.....

  4. Anyone who can commit horrendous acts on innocent defenseless animals like he did are capable of doing ANYTHING!

    This sociopath should be locked up and never be allowed to see the light of day again. As far as his children are concerned, he should never have been allowed to procreate. That in itself is a crime.

  5. What I Cant stand is that they are saying hes a ROLE MODEL for kids. NOPE. M 11 yr old daughter would rather Have a root canal without novacaine than listen to that showboating , arrogant , unapologetic , fake monter talk about animal welfare. But my daughter lives in a home with parents who have been rescuing dogs for many years. Her dogs are all pit bulls and they have all been rescued from hell. SHE KNOWS there are better , more responsible people out there fighting for animals , as SHE is one herself. As to Vicks two daughters? I dont feel sorry that they cant have a dog , I feel sorry that they have a FELON for a FATHER. Maybe their sorry assed FATHER , show eplain to them that if they want a dog , they and their mother need to pack up and leave him like the garbage he is , because he is a DOG MURDERER and people like him cant have pets.