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What if he had beat his wife instead?

Posted by gnn1 on Sunday, 26 August 2007

I was reading a column online when one paragraph stopped me cold:

“I wondered recently if the furor over Michael Vick would be half as large if he had beat up his wife rather than engaged in a sport in which man’s best friend was harmed.”

I know from experience that the answer is not just no, but hell no.  He would not have been suspended, he may or may not even have been charged.

It’s a sad statement on this country when we place more value on animals than on women.

Quote Source: Glens Falls Post Star


3 Responses to “What if he had beat his wife instead?”

  1. lik dot said

    Excellent post. Def makes you think.

  2. A Justice said

    “What if Vick had beaten his wife instead?”
    What if he had stolen a candy bar? What if he had run a red light in his car? What if he murdered his ex-wife and her boyfriend in cold blood? I would hope that he would face the penalties that come with each crime and be judged fairly unlike many recent celebrities that simply receive a slap on the hand because of their fame. But, Michael Vick didn’t just attend and bet on dog fighting, he created a venue for it, supported it both physically and financially and actually participated in the physical torture and murder of many losing dogs. Many of which he had raised from birth! I’m not saying that a guy that gets drunk and beats his wife is better or worse, but someone who can physically mutilate, torture and kill a dog is a sick f*#k, and we need to wonder what more this type of person may be capable of doing? I definitely do agree with you though, the penalty for physically abusing a woman and/or child should be far stiffer in America.

  3. What if, what if, what if?????

    If there is anything good about the Michael Vick story, it is that there is an emerging increased awareness about animal cruelty and animal fighting. There is so much anger about this issue. If we channel it into a positive direction, hopefully, something good can come of it. However…

    I watched Vick’s public apology with my little son who USED TO wear Michael Vick jerseys to school. It is disturbing to think a certain percentage of the population is honestly going to be swayed by Michael Vick’s “enlightenment” carefully crafted by his overpaid attorneys. Call me a cynic, but I don’t believe a man who has been allegedly torturing animals since childhood coincidentally has a religious epiphany as a result of getting caught and losing his job. I hope I am wrong.

    I think it is a sad commentary that we, as a culture, are using the Vick story to compare “What’s worse?” “What’s worse”, we ask, “carelessly fathering illegitimate children, or dogfighting?”. “Dogfighting or gambling?” “Dogfighting or rape?” “Dogfighting or racism?” “Dogfighting or hateful nationalism?” “Dogfighting or (fill in the blank)….?” The comparisons to dogfighting have been endless.

    Dogfighting is one more piece of evidence our country is in need of a spiritual transformation (please note I said spiritual and not necessarily religious). Animals are sentient beings – they feel pain, and they suffer, just like we do. They are not more important, or less important than human beings, but like human beings, they are important, too.

    Dogfighting pits one dog against another until one of them dies. The survivor gets his flesh torn off, ears ripped off, eyes pulled out, etc., and the reward for being “a winner” is to writhe in pain until the next fight. Enough said. The pictures make my flesh crawl. The losers are tortured, beaten, starved, electrocuted or drowned. For what? Because these poor creatures were unlucky enough to be born a dog!

    Every major faith teaches its followers to be responsible stewards of animals and the Earth. Please help us get the word out that caring for animals, just like caring for people, is an important part of just being a decent person and citizen. If we make this a priority, there will be no more dogfighting horror stories, and no more pointless comparisons of evils. Let us all rise, together, to be better people than we are today, shall we?

    Chaplain Nancy Cronk

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