True justice for Michael Vick would involve his own pit bulls ripping him limb from limb…

July 18th, 2007 9:47 pm by Kelly Garbato

UPDATE, 10/5/07:

Still adding to the post…

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UPDATE, 7/27/07:

I’ve been updating this post almost daily; newest links at the top of the link dump. Feel free to add to the roundup via the comments section.

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Unfortunately, the justice system don’t work thataway, so let’s hope for life six years (Six years! WTF!?!) behind bars.

Anywho, a number of animal rights/welfare groups have sent out alerts on this subject, so I’ve included a link roundup below. Links shall be updated as necessary. Also, after the jump, forwarded alerts that are not otherwise available online. (Keep up to date with the latest news via teh Google.)

* DawnWatch: Vick dogs on NY Times front page, and Los Angeles votes for spay-neuter 2/2/08

* Best Friends Animal Society: eNews: December 14, 2007 (Preparing for the Michael Vick dogs)

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Vick Received Federal Sentence–Demand Tough State Prosecution Now!

* DawnWatch: Michael Vick sentence on AJC front page and in many other papers 12/11/07

* Last Chance for Animals (LCA): Michael Vick Sentenced Today, Mon 12/10

* The Petition Site: Keep Michael Vick Out of the NFL!

* Best Friends: Vick dogs cleared to come to Best Friends

* Kinship Circle: Vick’s Dogs/ YOU Helped Save Their Lives

* Kinship Circle: OCT. KC DIGEST – Killing JFK Cats, Shot Iraq Dog, Petitions… (Parts 1 & 2) [Section 9, “Ensure Vick’s Dogs Are Spared, As Promised”]

* Kinship Circle: UPDATE/ Vick’s Dogs: Clemency For All But One

* American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): eNews Alert: October 5, 2007 (Update on Michael Vick Case/Dog Health Chat Today!)

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Michael Vick Takes Empathy Course at PETA HQ

* Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Vick Teammate Faces Unrelated Cruelty Charges

* The Petition Site: Stop Dogfighting Now!

* The Petition Site: To the NFL: Help Pitt Bulls while Punishing Michael Vick!

* In Defense of Animals (IDA): Give Vick Dogs a Fighting Chance at Life

* Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF): Congressman Garrett sides with dogfighters — speak out at rally next Wednesday

* Dogs Deserve Better (DDB): “Falling Star, Rising Son: The Football Player and the Pit bull” Art containing Actual NFL Football Tickets from Steeler/Eagles Game

* ROAR: Donate your VICK jerseys – you’ll never wear them again!

* Virginia Voters for Animal Welfare: Michael Vick: Now the Hypocrisy Begins

* Kinship Circle: [GULF COAST] Two Years And Still Counting (Section #9, Michael Vick Did NOT Adopt 14 Katrina Pit Bulls)

* Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Salvation For Vick’s Dogs?

* The Petition Site: Please help get Michael Vick’s fines donated to Pit Bull and other animal rescues

* Now if only Vick’s sentence was meted out in dog years… (easyVegan blog post, 8/27/07)

* In Defense of Animals (IDA): Urge Atlanta Falcons to Kick Vick Off of the Team

* Last Chance for Animals (LCA): 8/27 Michael Vick Update!

* American Humane Association Urges Severe Sentence for Michael Vick Appropriate to the Severity and Inhumanity of His Crimes; Historic Organization Seeks Prison Time, Fines, Banishment from NFL

* American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): Michael Vick Pleads Guilty/ASPCA President Invites Letters of Thanks

* Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): Vick goes before judge – now YOU be the judge

* DawnWatch: Michael Vick case spurs comments on other animal cruelty 8/22 — 8/26/07

* Best Friends Animal Society: The dogs in the Michael Vick case

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell the NFL to Recognize Animal Abuse as an Offense Warranting Suspension–and More

* Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSUS): Congressman Graves sides with dogfighters — speak out at rally on Monday (Kansas City)

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): What to Do if You See Animal Abuse

* The Petition Site: Save Vick’s Dogs

* In Defense of Animals (IDA): Urge Amazon.com to stop promoting illegal animal fighting

* In Defense of Animals (IDA): Breaking News: Vick to Plead Guilty to Dog Fighting Charges

* Kinship Circle: No Deal For Sick Vick’s Dogfighting Crimes

* Last Chance for Animals (LCA): Michael Vick Admits Guilt, Plea Deal To Be Announced!

* Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): Thank the U.S. Attorneys in the Vick Case!

* API: End Dog Fighting for Sport, Sign a Petition to Help Wildlife, and much more…

* Kinship Circle: [RELIEF GLOBAL] Flooded NY Shelter/ TX-KS Updates/ Left Behind In War Zone… (Section #5, 63 Kittens Used As Dogfighting Bait Dumped At Shelter)

* DawnWatch: NPR commentary on dog fighting and canned hunting 8/8/07

* DawnWatch: “‘Culture’ Argument Doesn’t Excuse Cruelty” — Richmond Times-Dispatch 8/6/07

* Kinship Circle: ACTION-UPDATES / The Vick Dogfighting Files

* Kinship Circle: LETTER / To NFL: Release Michael Vick Without Pay

* Michael Vick Blog Carnival #2 (August 2, 2007 @ Campaign to Sack Michael Vick)

* What do you think about the SCLC’s plan to honor Falcons player Michael Vick, who has been indicted on dogfighting charges? [Poll and story on AJC.com, 8/3/07]

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Sign the Statement Against Dogfighting

* The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): Help Pass the Dog Fighting Prohibition Act

* The Petition Site: Ban Michael Vick From The NFL

* DawnWatch: Nike drops Vic plus NY Times spay-neuter column 7/30/07

* Michael Vick Blog Carnival #1 (July 28, 2007 @ Campaign to Sack Michael Vick)

* Campaign to Sack Michael Vick

* In Defense of Animals (IDA): Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Faces Felony Dog Fighting Charges / Urge the NFL to suspend Michael Vick from play under strong suspicion of criminal activity

* Dogs Deserve Better (DDB): Michael Vick & Dogfighting

* Working Assets / Act for Change: Tell Nike to Cancel Michael Vick’s Endorsement Contract

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell Nike to Drop Vick NOW!

* The Petition Site/HSUS: Suspend NFL Quarterback Michael Vick for Dogfighting!

* The Petition Site: Petition to let the NFL know how stupid they look

* DawnWatch: “Warning on red meat and greenhouse gases” Australian, (and Vick update) Friday July 20

* DawnWatch: CBS stories, polls, and other coverage of Vick and dogfighting 7/18/07

* Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) -> NFL, Throw the Book at Michael Vick

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) -> Tell the NFL to Suspend Michael Vick!

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Jul 18, 2007 6:56 PM
Subject: Take Action! Michael Vick Charged with Dog Fighting

Michael Vick Charged With Dog Fighting

Michael Vick has been charged with dog fighting (specifically – conspiracy to travel in insterstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture).

LCA wants to see Vick receive the maximum penalties in connection with the federal dog fighting case against him. Vick’s conviction should serve as a warning to people who fight animals. This case is a close issue to LCA, as are all our cases.

American pit bull terriers account for 99 percent of the species involved in dog fighting. As many as 40,000 people in this country participate in dog fighting.

There are three types of dogfighters.

1) The Street Fighter: often owning one dog & fights it “off the chain” in alleys or vacant lots.

2) The Hobbyist: Squares their dogs off against other animals owned by close associates.

3) The professional: Pays as much as $40,000 for a dog, breeds from past champions, participates in well-organized and pre-planned fights, with purses of up to $100,000.

Dog fighting is illegal in every state and a felony crime in 48 (Idaho and Wyoming are the exceptions). Virginia, where Vick’s dog fighting allegedly took place, has a loophole in the law; spectating is only a misdemeanor.

TAKE ACTION FOR THE ANIMALS!

Call and/or Fax the NFL Commissioner and demand that Michael Vick get suspended immediately!

Roger Goodell
National Football League Commissioner
Tel: 212-450-2000
Fax: 212-681-7573

Sample Text

“Dear Mr. Goodell, Suspend Michael Vick immediately. Show the world that the NFL has a no-tolerance policy when it comes to cruelty to animals by football players. Thank you.”

“LCA is very involved in working to stop animal fighting across the country. The Michael Vick case is an important cornerstone in this fight. Maximum penalties are essential to show the world how despicable this blood sport is. Anyone who fights animals for financial profit and entertainment has the capability to cause damage to everything around him; his community, his family. Dog fighting is big business from coast to coast and in my opinion, the epitome of cowardness. Please take action, write the NFL commissioner and stay tuned to LCA for current info on the Michael Vick case and how you can help. We will not stop until we put an end to animal fighting!”

– Chris DeRose, President & Founder, Last Chance for Animals

For the Animals,

Campaigns Department
Last Chance for Animals

Last Chance for Animals | 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: In Defense of Animals takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Jul 20, 2007 10:47 PM
Subject: Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Faces Felony Dog Fighting Charges

Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Faces Felony Dog Fighting Charges
Urge the NFL to suspend Michael Vick from play under strong suspicion of criminal activity

You may have heard the news that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick faces felony charges and possible prison time for animal abuse stemming from alleged dog fighting activities. He is accused of running an interstate dog fighting ring, and of killing numerous dogs himself — by shooting, hanging, drowning, and electrocution — simply because they were not good fighters.

While Vick continues to maintain his innocence, the evidence against him is substantial and still mounting. Authorities found more than 50 pit bulls, along with a full supply of standard dog fighting equipment (including a “rape stand” used for forced breeding, treadmills, drugs to increase aggression, and a bloodstained fighting pit), at Vick’s Virginia home.

The charges against Vick are very serious, and if they are true, he must be severely punished. Lawmakers increased the penalty for dog fighting in May 2007 with passage of the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act, which doubles the potential prison sentence for those who engage in the interstate transport of animals used for fighting. Vick could face several years in prison and several hundred thousand dollars in fines if he is found guilty of conducting dog fighting activities across state lines.

Call (212) 450-2000 to urge the NFL to immediately suspend Vick from the league under strong suspicion of criminal activity, and to allow him to play again only if he is pronounced innocent by the courts.

If you received this message from a friend, you can sign up for IDA’s Action Center.

In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization with more than 85,000 members and supporters dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of animals by protecting their rights and welfare. IDA’s efforts include educational events, cruelty investigations, boycotts, grassroots activism, and hands-on rescue through our sanctuaries in Mississippi and Cameroon, Africa.

In Defense of Animals 3010 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael, California 94901 – P: (415) 388-9641 F: (415) 388-0388

email: idainfo [at] idausa.org

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9 Responses to “True justice for Michael Vick would involve his own pit bulls ripping him limb from limb…”

  1. AnimalBlawg -- Legal analysis of Michael Vick dogfighting indictment Says:

    […] There are three things the prosecutor must prove: (1) two or more people (2) agreed to try to commit a crime and (3) one of those people did some “overt act” in furtherance of the conspiracy. Conspiracy to commit a felony is punishable by five years in prison, even if the underlying felony never occurred (or cannot be proven)! (Both dogfighting and illegal gambling are felonies in Virginia.) (Not sure where the six year estimate comes from, though that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.) […]

  2. Kelley Says:

    The best revenge is for everyone out there to adopt a rescued pit bull. Become educated on the breed, be responsible, love your pittie, and show people the loyalty and gentleness of this breed. Please adopt a rescued pit today!

    I did and now I have a best friend!

  3. caninefriend Says:

    Yes Kelly, rescuing pitts is a very honorable thing to do, however most of the dogs impounded from this Vick fiasco are probably unable to be rehabilitated or socialized and will unfortunately have to be put down.That’s why it is so important that this breed be placed with responsible owners from birth.. this underground dog fighting thing is far reaching.I’m afraid we’ve only begun to see the tip of the iceberg..the laws need to be strengthened or changed to make it a felony and every effort made to bring charges in these offenses.It brings shame to the human species to think that there are people out there who think this is ‘no big deal”..Vick will carry this stigma with him for the rest of hs life

  4. Lena Says:

    I think that it is sick what this man was doing to animals, He is a very sick man, i think good revenge would be putting him in a cage with hug men bigger than him and having them beat him to death. He needs to be put in all the pain that he put hundreds and hundreds of dogs into. I dont kno how anyone could watch that and think its ok/ he will get his karma. i think the sickest part is that he dosent realize what he did wrong. he thinks he’s innocent/ All those animals that made it and that were alive had to be put asleep because there to dangerous now and dont have a chance of having a good home. Its a sad, sad story.

  5. easyVegan.info » Blog Archive » Kinship Circle: ACTION-UPDATES / The Vick Dogfighting Files Says:

    […] Note: I’m still adding to the link roundup I created in my original Michael Vick post, True justice for Michael Vick would involve his own pit bulls ripping him limb from limb…. AnimalBlawg was kind enough to link to lil’ ole me, so that particular post is getting the most traffic at the moment. Keep checking back for additional links and updates. […]

  6. easyVegan.info » Blog Archive » Kinship Circle: LETTER / To NFL: Release Michael Vick Without Pay Says:

    […] Note: I’m still adding to the link roundup I created in my original Michael Vick post, True justice for Michael Vick would involve his own pit bulls ripping him limb from limb…. AnimalBlawg was kind enough to link to lil’ ole me, so that particular post is getting the most traffic at the moment. Keep checking back for additional links and updates. […]

  7. easyVegan.info » Blog Archive » Now if only Vick’s sentence was meted out in dog years… Says:

    […] Anyway, that’s enough for Vick-related alerts tonight. You can view an extensive archive here. […]

  8. KellyGarbato Says:

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  9. Smite Me! [.net] » Blog Archive » Now if only Vick’s sentence was meted out in dog years… Says:

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