Book Review: Strays: A Novel, Jennifer Caloyeras (2015)

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Team Roman

three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic copy of this book for review through Library Thing’s Early Reviewers program.)

I wondered if the dogs were thinking the same thing about us – that we were all a bunch of strays.

[E]tched on the inside of the collar, where no one else could see, were the words I am loved.

Sixteen-year-old Iris Moody is what you might call a “troubled” kid. After her mother was killed by a drunk driver, her father beat a hasty retreat from Los Angeles, packing them up and relocating to a smaller, unfamiliar place in Santa Cruz – all without consulting Iris. Two years on and she still hasn’t quite come to grips with her mother’s death and her new surroundings. Dad is unhelpful at best, consumed as he is with his new job at a juice company; he seems completely oblivious to Iris’s feelings, including her mounting anger management issues.

When Iris is arrested (in a true “well that escalated quickly” moment) for making death threats and assaulting her English teacher during final exams, she’s sentenced to six weeks of community service and mandatory therapy – along with summer school, of course. Her court-appointed lawyer thinks he’s doing Iris a favor when he scores her a coveted volunteer spot, working with rescue dogs at Ruff Rehabilitation. The only problem is, Iris inherited her mother’s fear of dogs.

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Book Review: The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances, Ellen Cooney (2014)

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Sweet, But Sometimes Problematic

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free ARC for review through Goodreads’ First Reads program.)

Evie. Female. Twenty-four. Petite in stature and preppy in appearance – yet surprisingly strong and resilient. Has low self esteem and abandonment issues due to a divorce in the home. Graduated from college with a degree in literature and an addiction to cocaine; dropped out of graduate school. Neat, organized, and motivated to learn. Can be a self-starter, if given the opportunity. Sometimes too quick to give up. Needs guidance and a sense of belonging.

Lucille. Female. Fifty. Divorced. Will only answer to “Mrs. Auberchon.” Prim, prickly, and slow to disclose personal information (or any information). Does not make friends easily, resulting in a self-perpetuating cycle of loneliness and alienation. When given a job, will take to it fastidiously. Needs a purpose and a nice, cozy role to retire into. Potentially aggressive, occasionally paranoid. Anxiety meds should be considered.

Like so many strays before her – both human and canine – Evie is adrift when she arrives at the Sanctuary. Fresh out of rehab (a little too fresh, some might say), Evie is searching for direction, guidance – a new purpose in life. Though she’s never been interested in dogs – never even been owned by a dog, in point o’ facts – she impulsively answers a dog training ad she spotted while browsing classifieds on the internet. (“Would you like to become a dog ?”) With a little finagling and fudging of the truth, her application is accepted – Evie is headed to the mountaintop school for dogs!

Upon Evie’s arrival, she’s temporarily waylaid at the inn at the base of the mountain. It’s here that her training begins – Evie just doesn’t know it yet. One by one she’s introduced to her future students: Josie, a nippy little lady who lost her longtime home to the new baby. Shadow, who spent most of his life on the end of the chain and is now training (somewhat unsuccessfully) to be a search and rescue dog. Hank, who doesn’t take kindly to wooden objects and can’t stop obsessively pacing back and forth, back and forth. Tasha, a chronically depressed and anxious Rottweiler who was dumped from a car.

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Veg*n Videos: Blinders, Pit Bull Hysteria & the Chicken Justice League

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

My tubes are clogged with veg*n videos, so rather than post each separately, behold this handy dandy video roundup!

Via Mary at Animal Person, Blinders: The Movie is now available online, in its entirety. I’m fairly certain it’s the full documentary, anyway; with a running time of 50 minutes, I haven’t yet had a chance to watch the whole film. Tonight, maybe, while the Mr. records his podcast.
 


 
Mary urges us to watch and circulate the video; please do!

Next up: those charlatans at the Humane Society of the United States. Even as they profit off the publicity that comes from their admirable dogfighting raids and rescues,
 


 
the HSUS actively campaigns to have these rescued dogs murdered. What a warped idea of “rescue,” eh?

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Ready, set, snip -n- tuck!

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Update, 2/18/09: Want further convincing that the HSUS is undeserving of your financial assistance? Done and done.

For those too lazy to click through, the HSUS led a raid on a dogfighting outfit in North Carolina, “rescuing” 127 pit bulls, including 60 puppies. With the HSUS’s blessing, the Wilkes County court ordered all 127 “rescued” dogs destroyed – murdered. By the time the court order was obtained and carried out – several months after the initial raid and “rescue” – some of the dogs had given birth to more pup. These pups had never even been exposed to the fighting ring, and yet they, too, were deemed “dangerous” and slaughtered. As of this writing, 146 innocent lives have been taken.

With the HSUS’s blessing.

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The deadline to enter the HSUS’s Spay Day 2009 contest is fast approaching – February 27th, to be exact. I finally got around to submitting photos of my furkids. Aside from my slow internet connection, it was fairly easy – you just have to create a profile, then you can submit a photo for each of your companions. There are a few cutesy questions for you to answer, but nothing lengthy. I was under the impression that they wanted a mini-essay, which is why I kept putting this off, but the longest field is a brief 200 characters long. True to form, I had trouble staying within the maximum.

As for prizes, a panel of celebrity judges will choose a Grand Prize Winner, 10 Finalists, and 25 Honorable Mentions; the Grand Prize winner gets a $1000 shopping spree to HUMANE Domain.

The HSUS also uses this contest as a fundraiser. In addition to the celebrity judging category, members can “vote” for one another’s photos by making a cash donation. The prizes in this “fundraiser” contest are way cooler (including a session with a professional “pet” photographer and a custom painting of your animal), BUT – if you’ve got money to spare, I highly encourage you to make a donation to a local or grassroots animal rescue/rights group instead. Trust me…most likely, they’ll make much more efficient use of the funds than the HSUS, which in the past has hoarded Katrina relief funds and offered a reward to help the FBI catch so-called eco-terrorists – among other offenses. Ahem.

Naturally, I’m totally using this as an excuse to whip out the furkid photos. Here are my entries – all six of ’em!

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Ralphie – dog

My person: Kelly, Plattsburg, MO, United States

Nickname: Ralphie Bear

Favorite thing to do: walking, hiking, digging, eating, sunning

Most endearing bad habit: bossily barking at me while I prepare his meal.

Ralphie loves to dig, so we’ll go out to a pasture behind our house, and I’ll let him dig for a few hours while I read, nap or just enjoy his company. He’s my silly little cuddle bear!

My Charity: Kansas Humane Society (Wichita, Kansas, United States)

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Kinship Circle: Update/Act: LA Dogfight Thugs Cleared Of All Charges

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 12:10 PM
Subject: Update/Act: LA Dogfight Thugs Cleared Of All Charges

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10/17/08: Update/Act: LA Dogfight Thugs Cleared Of All Charges

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FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE: In our UPDATES / AUG-OCT 2008 Newsletter for Kinship Circle Primary subscribers, we revealed the trial of notorious “Dogfighting Don” Floyd Boudreaux, 73, and his son Guy Boudreaux, 44 — arrested in 2005 (pre-Katrina) on 48 counts of dogfighting after Louisiana State Police seized 50+ pit bulls. Shockingly, the leaders of this dogfighting dynasty have since been CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES at their 10/15/08 trial!

EDITED FOR LENGTH
http://www.nola.com/newsflash/index.ssf?/base/news-43/1224107355100580.xml&storylist=louisiana

10/15/08, LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A state judge cleared a Broussard man and his son, who each faced more than 40 counts of dogfighting. Floyd Boudreaux, 73, and his son, Guy Boudreaux, 44, were arrested in March 2005 and charged with 48 counts of dogfighting after Louisiana State Police seized more than 50 pit bulls that they believed were being used for illegal dogfighting.

District Judge Kristian Earles granted a motion for acquittal, saying the state failed to provide substantial evidence that the men were involved in the illegal sport. The Boudreauxs had waived their rights to a jury trial, so the case was heard by Earles…

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AHA: Critical Anti-Dogfighting Language Included in Federal Farm Bill

Friday, May 30th, 2008

FYI…

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: American Humane Association – email [at] americanhumane.org
Date: Thu, May 22, 2008 at 5:38 PM
Subject: Action Alert legislative outcome

Critical Anti-Dogfighting Language Included in Federal Farm Bill

Dear advocate,

You may have taken action last year on the Federal Dog Protection Act (HR 3327, sponsored by Rep. Elton Gallegly) or the Dog Fighting Prohibition Act (HR 3219/S 1800, sponsored by Rep. Betty Sutton and Sens. John Kerry and Barbara Boxer). Most of the language from these bills has been included in the federal Farm Bill, which finally passed a House/Senate conference committee last week.

The committee omitted the provision in both bills that would have prohibited attending a dogfight as a spectator as well as the provision in Sen. Gallegly’s bill that would have allowed animal control agencies, humane societies and state societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals to file civil suits.

However, the Farm Bill now makes it a federal offense subject to five years’ imprisonment to sponsor or train dogs for dogfighting, use the U.S. Postal Service to mail dogfighting paraphernalia or otherwise promote dogfights.

The provisions included in the Farm Bill have strengthened the means of addressing our nation’s dogfighting crisis.

Thank you for supporting these important pieces of legislation!

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LCA: Michael Vick Sentenced Today, Mon 12/10

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Dec 10, 2007 1:52 PM
Subject: Michael Vick Sentenced Today, Mon 12/10

Michael Vick: Sentenced to 23 Months
A Victory for Animals!

Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison and three years probation this morning for his role in the “Bad Newz Kennels” dogfighting operation and his participation in the brutal killing of several dogs that did not “perform well”.

During his sentencing the suspended football star apologized to the court and his family. However, Judge Henry Hudson told him, “You need to apologize to the millions of young people who looked up to you”.

In August, Michael Vick entered a plea agreement stating that he took part in an illegal, interstate dogfighting enterprise. In documents filed, Vick said he knew dogs that did not perform well were killed. He said the fights involved gambling although he did not personally place bets. To read the full text of the plea submitted by Michael Vick click here.

Judge Hudson called Vick’s actions “cruel and inhumane” and said that Vick was a full partner in “Bad Newz Kennels” and was therefore equally culpable in all crimes committed. Two of Vick’s codefendants were sentenced last week; Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips, received 18 and 21 months respectively. The final defendant in this case, Tony Taylor, will be sentenced this Friday.

Prior to the sentencing today Assistant U.S. Attorney General Michael Gill asked Judge Hudson to sentence Michael Vick to jail time at the high end of the guideline range of 18-24 months.
Write to the Honorable Judge Henry Hudson and Assistant U.S. Attorney General Michael Gill and thank them for taking a strong stance against dogfighting.

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

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Update, 12/8/07:

See also: Best Friends: Vick dogs cleared to come to Best Friends.

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Keep reading after this alert for an important appeal from Kinship Circle…

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Dec 6, 2007 5:19 PM
Subject: Vick’s Dogs/ YOU Helped Save Their Lives

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST

COMPANION ANIMAL CAMPAIGNS
12/6/07: UPDATE – Vick’s Dogs… YOU Helped Save Their Lives

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From: Wayne Johnson – seiku [at] tmail.com
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2007

—–Original Message—–
From: Shaermedia [at] aol.com

To all of you who wrote and called, thank you. 47 pits will have a good holiday, thanks to you.

EDITED FOR LENGTH
For immediate release: December 4, 2007

ALL BUT ONE OF THE REMAINING AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIERS IN VICK CASE ARE RECOMMENDED FOR PLACEMENT

VALPARAISO, IND. – Of the 48 remaining American Pit Bull Terriers in the Michael Vick civil forfeiture case, 47 have been recommended for placement with rescue organizations, with many likely eligible for future adoption by the public. The recommendations were made by Valparaiso University School of Law Professor Rebecca J. Huss, court appointed Guardian/Special Master of the dogs. One dog has been euthanized for medical reasons.

…Professor Huss recommended the dogs be placed with eight organizations. Those receiving the most dogs are Best Friends Animal Society, with 22, and Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls (BAD RAP), with ten. The US Attorney late this afternoon filed a motion in U.S. District Court containing the report and urging the Court to adopt its recommendations. The Court will now determine whether to accept or deny the motion.

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Kinship Circle: ACT/ Mass MO Dogfight Raid, In Shadow Of Vick Case

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Oct 26, 2007 8:37 PM
Subject: ACT/ Mass MO Dogfight Raid, In Shadow Of Vick Case

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF
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10/26/07: Mass MO Dogfight Raid, In Shadow Of Vick Case
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

2 SAMPLE LETTERS IN THIS ALERT:

1. TO: Officials – Fully Penalize Dogfighters
2. TO: Missouri Humane Society – Spare The Dogs

Kinship Circle - 2007-10-26 - MO Dogfighting Ring

PHOTO: Amy McCubbins, at left, joins Patience Scanlon as they take blood from one of 25 pit bulls and a beagle seized from an organized dog fight outside Dudley, Mo. early Sunday. The dogs and other evidence were taken as investigators joined Stoddard County deputies in the morning raid. The dogs were photographed, treated for wounds and vaccinated at the Humane Society’s headquarters on Macklind Avenue. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post Dispatch)

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

Fighting dogs likely to be killed

Missouri dogfighting raid nets 3 men, 26 dogs

Humane Society of Missouri seizes 26 dogs from Stoddard County dog fighting situation

Dog-fighting suspected, dogs seized

Law enforcement and judicial circuit for Stoddard County

Thank you Bridget Soeder, a Kinship Circle board member, for research and phone calling to find contact information for this letter-writing campaign!

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

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Oct 5, 2007 12:51 PM
Subject: UPDATE/ Vick’s Dogs: Clemency For All But One

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UPDATE:

1. Vick’s Dogs: Clemency For All But One

DATE: 10/2/07
FROM: Wayne Johnson, seiku [at] tmail.com
SOURCE: Wayne Johnson, The Coalition to Save Vick’s Dogs

At the end of August, Kinship Circle issued a letter-writing campaign, Salvation For Vick’s Dogs, asking you to plead with the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Eastern District of Virginia) for mercy for pit bulls seized from Michael Vick’s dogfighting compound. We now receive news that all but ONE of these dogs will likely be spared. While this is a victory for 48 previously doomed pit bulls, we cannot help but grieve for the one who will die.

The team of behavioral experts assembled by the ASPCA filed a motion in Federal Court on Tuesday saying that only one of the remaining 49 pit bulls seized from Michael Vick should be euthanized. According to the motion the dogs fall into five categories that include adoption and specialized training for law enforcement.

The motion requests that the court appoint a guardian to oversee the disposition and possible placement of the 48 remaining dogs. The judge hearing the case, Henry Hudson can either grant the motion or deny it.

I want to thank all of you who made this tremendous news possible. Let us hope and pray that the judge accepts the motion and may God bless dog 2621, who will be euthanized.

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PETA: Michael Vick Takes Empathy Course at PETA HQ

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Posted more as an FYI, and not as an endorsement of PETA’s specific program…which Vick obviously only attended to help his legal case. Along with “finding” Jesus and all that jazz.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Ingrid Newkirk – newsmanager [at] peta.org
Date: Oct 2, 2007 5:13 PM
Subject: Michael Vick Takes Empathy Course at PETA HQ

Following news of his guilty plea, I contacted Michael Vick suggesting that he hear—for the first time in his life, he confirmed—about animal protection issues, learn how animals feel joy and pain and deserve respect, and receive specific instruction on what to say to young people whom he has influenced in the worst possible ways.

In mid-September, Michael Vick visited PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, to meet with me privately. I told him that PETA advocates an end to all exploitation and needless violence based on prejudice, including the prejudice against other species, and that we believe that he should equip himself with information and materials in order to be able to live up to his responsibility to counsel children not to engage in cruelty to animals. He expressed his willingness to learn and his belief that everything in life happens for a reason, and he offered an apology to PETA and to “everyone” for “what I have done to dogs.” I also explained that even if he took our basic empathy course, our position that he should serve jail time and have a lifetime ban on contact with animals would nevertheless remain unchanged, and he accepted that.

Two weeks ago, Michael Vick returned to PETA to take the “Developing Empathy for Animals” course, an all-day seminar on “who animals are,” alternatives to cruelty, animal protection philosophy, and humane education, which PETA has now excerpted online. We believe that this course should be adopted by the NFL for all players to take in order to give them a chance to learn empathy, compassion, and nonviolence. Two days after the seminar, Vick came back to PETA’s office to take the course exam.

PETA’s course teaches the Golden Rule – —treat others as you wish to be treated. Only time will tell whether Michael Vick has benefited from what he has learned, but he has pledged to use this knowledge to urge kids not to follow in his footsteps and to be kind to animals. Meanwhile, we are urging the NFL to take the important step of requiring that every player do what Michael Vick has done and take the course in order to help prevent future acts of violence against animals and to equip players with information about respecting animals that they can share with their young fans.

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HSUS: Congressman Garrett sides with dogfighters — speak out at rally next Wednesday

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Humane Society Legislative Fund – humanesociety [at] hslf.org
Date: Sep 4, 2007 1:09 PM
Subject: Congressman Garrett sides with dogfighters — speak out at rally next Wednesday

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The Humane Society Legislative Fund
Sept. 4, 2007
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RALLY ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 TO PROTEST REP. SCOTT GARRETT’S VOTE TO GIVE DOGFIGHTERS A FREE PASS

Please join the Humane Society Legislative Fund and concerned animal advocates to protest Rep. Scott Garrett’s recent vote to give dogfighting a free pass.

When: Wednesday, September 12, 12:00-1:00 pm
Where: Rep. Garrett’s Paramus District Office: 210 Route 4 East
Suite 206, Paramus, NJ 07652
:: Map ::

In the wake of the Michael Vick dogfighting case, you may wonder why Rep. Garrett recently sided with dogfighting interests and voted against the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act. This legislation upgrades penalties for illegal transportation of fighting dogs — one of the crimes Vick has admitted to — from misdemeanor to felony penalties.

The vast majority of members of Congress supported this legislation to put a stop to precisely the type of behavior that Michael Vick has admitted to — participation in a multi-state network of cruel and degrading dogfighting activities. Humane organizations and more than 400 law enforcement agencies supported the federal bill, yet Rep. Garrett showed his true colors by giving dogfighters a free pass.

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

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

(Crossposted from the Dogs Deserve Better listserv.)

Donate your VICK jerseys – you’ll never wear them again!
Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:15 pm (PST)

Do you have a Michael Vick jersey and you’re so disgusted by him that you’ll never wear it again?

Donate your Vick jersey to our grassroots animal advocacy group. We’ll be doing something creative with all of the collected jerseys. We’ll donate some to a shelter to clean dirty cages! How about making dog toys with them? Maybe a bonfire? We’re open to more ideas too!

Send your disgraceful Vick jersey to ROAR, P.O. Box 338, Westville, NJ 08093. For more info or ideas about what to do with the jerseys, email
justroar [at] comcast.net.

PLEASE CROSSPOST!

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Michael Vick: Now the Hypocrisy Begins

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

(Crossposted from the Dogs Deserve Better listserv.)

Alert Contained Herein
Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:37 pm (PST)
Please forward and cross-post.

Thanks,
Joe P.

Virginia Voters for Animal Welfare

Alert 8/29/07 MICHAEL VICK: NOW THE HYPOCRISY BEGINS

CROSS POST WIDELY

On Monday, 8/27/07, Michael Vick appeared before Judge Hudson who questioned Mr. Vick to ensure he understood the plea bargain being submitted to the Court.

Now the hypocrisy begins.

First, Michael Vick uses his considerable resources to buy the best legal finagling money can buy. Shortly thereafter we see an orchestrated program including expressions of support from other black athletes and the NAACP and SCLC, a confession that isn’t, and remarks by Falcon team owner Arthur Blank describing Vick’s heinous behavior over the last six years (and longer if Vick’s father is to be believed) as “the incident”, and last we are told by Vick that he has found the Lord.

What does this mean?

It means the brutalization and killing of trusting creatures is trumped by the mores of money and big sports business.

It means that illegal gambling is somehow being ignored.

It means that the people behind Michael Vick are relying on a mindless fan base to put aside any thoughts of making an example of Vick’s immorality, returning the focus instead to the entertainment value of professional sports and the simultaneous but less forthright effort to salvage some value from Vick.

Did you listen to what Michael Vick said? To whom did he apologize first? His family? No, it was to his team – to the deep pockets.

Did you hear what Mr. Blank said? He thought it might make everyone feel good to suspend or release Vick, but it wouldn’t be good for the “franchise”.

Was that money talking? What about the dogs? What about the mores? What about the awful behavior and its examplar value?

Michael Vick is sorry. You bet he’s sorry. He’s sorry he got caught. After years of dogfighting, and after only four (4!) months since he last killed a dog in the most horrible way for not measuring up, he’s now sorry Yes, sorry he got caught.

If we are content to allow this to happen and do nothing, then there will be other lowbrow “culture” imports, and more dogfighting and gambling, and nothing will have changed – except that dogs will have been officially denigrated and professional athletes taught that thumbing their noses at the world is perfectly acceptable.

This is what counts: Vick killed in the most evil and deliberate way. He tortured. And he lied to his employer and the world.

And the calm after the storm suggests this is now over. Contrition rules. We await sentencing for Michael Vick, but it is time now to doze off.

If you have a sense of moral outrage at this as we do, do something about it.

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

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Aug 28, 2007 8:55 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Salvation For Vick’s Dogs?

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8/28/07: Salvation For Vick’s Dogs?
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SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

Wayne Johnson, seiku [at] tmail.com

Statement of United States Attorney Chuck Rosenberg on the plea agreements in United States v. Peace, Phillips, Taylor and Vick
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae

Statement of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Regarding the Civil Forfeiture
Action Involving Approximately 50 Pit Bull Dogs
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae

U.S. attorney’s office to file plans for dogs taken in Vick case
http://content.hamptonroads.com/story.cfm?story=130986&ran=75833

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FYI: “We anticipate the evaluations [of the dogs] will be completed within about three weeks, and the government will thereafter make a recommendation to the court for the dog’s disposition.”

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Now if only Vick’s sentence was meted out in dog years…

Monday, August 27th, 2007

…and he was to become eligible for euthanasia after a three-day stay.

You know, like incarcerated canines.

If only. *

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

* Oh, and Jamie Foxx is a fucking dolt. Just for the record.

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IDA: Urge Atlanta Falcons to Kick Vick Off of the Team

Monday, August 27th, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Aug 27, 2007 6:12 PM
Subject: Urge Atlanta Falcons to Kick Vick Off of the Team

Urge Atlanta Falcons to Kick Vick Off of the Team; NFL star pleads guilty to dogfighting charges but remains on Falcons’ roster

Photo via macwagen

Standing before a U.S. District Court Judge in a Richmond courthouse today, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pled guilty to federal charges of conspiring to run an illegal dogfighting operation over the last six years out of his Virginia home. In hearing his plea, the judge emphasized that he is not legally obligated to follow the prosecutors’ reduced sentencing recommendations, and that he could send Vick to prison for up to five years. Vick’s sentencing is scheduled for December 10th.

Even though the NFL has suspended Vick indefinitely from play and may eventually ban him from the league for good, the Atlanta Falcons have chosen not to sever their ties with the disgraced athlete. The reason, according to team owner Arthur Blank, is that cutting Vick from the team is “not in the long-term best interests of (the) franchise.”

Yet the fact remains that Michael Vick has finally admitted to a serious criminal offense after weeks of denial during which he essentially lied to Blank, his teammates, football fans, and the public. Considerations about what is best for Atlanta Falcons, Inc. pale before Vick’s ongoing abuse and murder of innocent dogs. Regardless of how much money is at stake in ending his lucrative contract, Blank needs to do the right thing, which in this case is cutting Vick from the team now.

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LCA: 8/27 Michael Vick Update!

Monday, August 27th, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Aug 27, 2007 4:32 PM
Subject: 8/27 Michael Vick Update!

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Michael Vick Pleads Guilty & Suspended Indefinitely!

Michael Vick entered a guilty plea this morning to conspiracy charges in Federal Court in Richmond, Virginia after being suspended indefinitely from the NFL on Friday. Federal prosecutors recommended a 12-18 months sentence.

The plea agreement stated that he took part in an illegal, interstate dog-fighting enterprise. In documents filed Vick said he knew dogs that did not perform well were killed. He said the fights involved gambling although he did not personally place bets. To read the full text of the plea submitted by Michael Vick on Friday click here.

Judge Hudson scheduled the sentencing hearing for Michael Vick for December 10 and stated he will take the prosecutors recommendations under consideration.

Michael Vick last week was also suspended indefinitely from the NFL. In a statement from the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that Vick’s admitted conduct was “not only illegal but also cruel and reprehensible”.

Please contact the commissioners of the major professional sports leagues and urge them to update their personal conduct guidelines by including animal abuse in their prohibited conduct policy! Sample text see below.

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ASPCA: Michael Vick Pleads Guilty/ASPCA President Invites Letters of Thanks

Monday, August 27th, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: ASPCA – website [at] aspca.org
Date: Aug 27, 2007 11:28 AM
Subject: Michael Vick Pleads Guilty/ASPCA President Invites Letters of Thanks

Dear ASPCA Members and Supporters:

With Michael Vick today appearing in federal court to file his plea in the federal dog fighting case that has been pending since July, I wanted to let you know directly that today we revealed our role in the federal investigation: ASPCA Forensic Veterinarian, Dr. Melinda Merck, participated in the excavation of the graves, and examination of the remains.

It has been an honor for the ASPCA to assist federal authorities in this case. We are also extremely proud to be working with the National Football League to raise public awareness of the humane treatment of animals. The NFL took strong, swift and decisive action against Michael Vick on Friday by suspending him indefinitely without pay.

Please join the ASPCA in sending a message of support to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Inspector General, USDA, letting them know that their efforts are not going unnoticed: http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=cruelty_letters.

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HSUS: Vick goes before judge – now YOU be the judge

Monday, August 27th, 2007

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From: Humane Society of the United States – humanesociety [at] hsus.org
Date: Aug 27, 2007 12:23 PM
Subject: Vick goes before judge – now YOU be the judge

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The Humane Society of the United States
PUT AN END TO ANIMAL FIGHTING

August 27, 2007

Michael Vick has faced the judge. You can be a judge today, too — and help knock out animal fighting in America through the
power of video.
http://www.hsus.org/acf/news/vote_video_contest.htm

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Michael Vick appeared before a judge this morning and became the latest dogfighter to be brought to justice. Today, as we extend our campaign to root out animal fighters from every dark corner of America, you can be a judge, too — and help us spread the word about dogfighting.

In response to our call, we received an impressive array of videos to our Knock Out Animal Fighting Video Contest. They ranged from the heartfelt to expressions of righteous anger.

We’ve chosen three stand-out submissions — and now it’s your turn to help us choose the winner!

Take a few minutes to watch all three super-short videos. Then, cast your vote for Heavyweight Champion for the Animals. Click here to view all three videos and vote: http://www.hsus.org/acf/news/vote_video_contest.htm

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