f—ing love her!

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Via ecorazzi, singer Neko Case of The New Pornographers has persuaded her record label to donate $5 to Best Friends Animal Society every time a blogger links to her new single, ‘People Got a Lotta Nerve.’ So link, people!

Of Best Friends, Neko says:

“Best Friends took the Michael Vick dogs,” Case points out. “That’s a big deal because a lot of supposed animal welfare organizations like PETA — who can blow me — said you should euthanize the dogs immediately. But it’s not the dogs’ fault that they were fighting dogs — they’ve been abused. Pit bulls are muscular and big, but they’re not man-eaters.”

By the by, of the 49 Vick pit bulls, only one was deemed too vicious to save and was killed. Subsequently, 25 were placed in foster homes and/or adopted, and 22 found permanent sanctuary at Best Friends. Those 47 lives might be a drop in the ocean to PETA, but their abuse makes them no less deserving of life than the “food” or “fur-bearing” animals PETA typically focuses on. More so than their “naked ads,” their stance on the Vick dogs, as well as their forays into animal rescue and “adoption,” has been and will likely remain an objection of epic proportions that I have with PETA.

PETA, I might add, is an animal welfare group – not an animal rights group. Yes, there’s a difference – and it’s a biggie.

(At the most fundamental level, they appear to support Peter Singer’s philosophy of utilitarianism, which is a form of “progressive animal welfarism” – not animal rights. See also: PETA’s support of breed-specific legislation; their continued insistence that killing the Vick dogs would have been the right thing to do; and their “humane” killing of shelter animals rather than spend the time, money and effort to rehome them.)

And can I just say that I also f—ing love Neko for correctly identifying PETA as a welfare group? f—ing love her, I do!

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LCA: Michael Vick Sentenced Today, Mon 12/10

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

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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…

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Date: Dec 6, 2007 5:19 PM
Subject: Vick’s Dogs/ YOU Helped Save Their Lives

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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

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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: 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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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

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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

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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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Kinship Circle - 2007-08-02 - Michael Vick 1-04

Kinship Circle - 2007-08-02 - Michael Vick 1-03

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

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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

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

Monday, August 27th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Aug 25, 2007 9:51 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Michael Vick case spurs comments on other animal cruelty 8/22 — 8/26/07

It has been another of those weeks in which I was unable to focus on DawnWatch, so I now find myself playing some catch-up on the weekend. I start by noting that on Wednesday, Aug 22, the Los Angeles Times published five fabulous animal advocacy letters in response to last week’s front page story on the random killing for kicks of farm animals. The letters discussed various aspects of animal cruelty, including dogfighting, the circus and the meat industry. The following letter, from Pat Sommer, reminds us what can happen when we close our hearts to the suffering of others:

“I do not fear evil; I fear apathy. For a decent society to overlook base cruelty because it is directed at those we consider unworthy of our pity shakes me to the core; I am German and live with the legacy of that mind-set. May God forgive us.”

I send a huge thank you to all who wrote and were therefore part of the effort that resulted in a block of five pro-animal letters to the editor on the Los Angeles Times editorial page.

Michael Vick has remained in the spotlight this week. The headline on the front page of the sports section of the Saturday, August 25, New York Times announces, “After Plea, Vick Is Barred Indefinitely By the N.F.L.”

The article opens:

“The National Football League suspended Michael Vick indefinitely without pay yesterday after he admitted in court papers that he paid for dogfighting bets and helped kill underperforming dogs.

“The 27-year-old Vick, the Atlanta Falcons’ star quarterback, will be out for at least the 2007 N.F.L. season and probably much longer. If he serves a year in prison — the sentence recommended in the plea agreement — he will probably not be eligible to play again until 2009.”

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IDA: Breaking News: Vick to Plead Guilty to Dog Fighting Charges

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Aug 20, 2007 8:46 PM
Subject: Breaking News: Vick to Plead Guilty to Dog Fighting Charges

Vick to Plead Guilty to Dog Fighting Charges

Attend courthouse rally in Richmond on Monday, Aug. 27

When federal prosecutors first leveled charges of dogfighting against Michael Vick about a month ago, the star Atlanta Falcons quarterback denied any involvement in the illegal bloodsport, even though fighting dogs and equipment were found at his Virginia home. He also told Falcons team owner Arthur Blank and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that he was innocent of the allegations against him, and maintained the same claim publicly.

Yet today, Vick officially changed his story by announcing he would be pleading guilty to felony charges of conspiring to run an illegal dogfighting operation called “Bad Newz Kennels” for the last six years. Three of his dogfighting cohorts — Quanis Phillips, Purnell Peace, and Tony Taylor — recently implicated Vick in plea agreements and agreed to testify against him in court. According to the co-defendants, Vick not only supplied most of the money used to run the dogfighting ring (including funds to cover $10,000 bets on individual fights), but actively helped execute at least eight dogs who lost fights by drowning and hanging.

Vick entered a guilty plea as part of a special deal with federal prosecutors requiring he fully cooperate with the investigation in exchange for a reduced prison sentence. Up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines may also be levied against Vick, but these would likely pale in comparison to the financial losses he will suffer when corporate sponsors permanently end their lucrative endorsement deals with the famous football player. Potentially, the most devastating punishment of all for the disgraced athlete is that he could be banned from the NFL for life under the league’s personal conduct policy.

Vick’s impending guilty plea to dogfighting charges reveals that he has been betraying the trust of the NFL, his teammates, football fans, and the public during these past weeks and even years, trying to hide his disgraceful criminal conduct behind a facade of flimsy denials. The first step in bringing Vick to justice will take place on Monday, August 27 at a plea hearing in Richmond, where a rally will be held outside the courthouse.

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

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Aug 20, 2007 5:28 PM
Subject: CORRECTION + INSIDE INFO ON VICK CASE/ No Deal For Sick Vick’s Dogfighting Crimes

Kinship Circle Primary – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST AS WRITTEN
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PHONE and FAX numbers for Virginia Commonwealth Attorney Gerald Poindexter were INCORRECT on website. CORRECT phone and fax numbers follow below.

PLEASE REMEMBER: For Kinship Circle letter campaigns to work, Kinship Circle must always remain ANONYMOUS. For Kinship Circle to avoid lawsuits or investigation under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), it must remain ANONYMOUS. Please never reference Kinship Circle when you send comments directly to letter recipients.

FROM BRENDA SHOSS, KINSHIP CIRCLE: I just had the unique opportunity to speak to Gerald Poindexter, the attorney prosecuting Michael Vick at the state level. I was surprised by his honesty and probably know too much about the inner workings of Vick’s case for my own good!

Mr. Poindexter’s office wants to PROSECUTE Michael Vick on felony charges for dogfighting, animal cruelty, and killing dogs (a felony in VA). Please ONLY SEND SUPPORTIVE comments in regard to the state’s case against Vick. He has been inundated with hate mail from those who DON’T want Vick prosecuted and those accusing him of playing the race card, etc.

Mr. Poindexter has asked me to let you, the animal advocacy public, know:

* The fact Vick pled guilty today and struck a deal in FEDERAL COURT does NOT EFFECT THE STATE’S CASE in Surry, Virginia.

* The state is making every effort to conduct a thorough investigation. While the state has probable cause to believe crimes were committed and Vick, along with his 3 co-defendants, can be convicted — the state has been unable to complete its investigation.

WHY?

Federal prosecutors have placed the main witnesses in a federal protection program. So the state has no access to eyewitness testimony. Surry County (Virginia) evidence — including custody of the 54 confiscated dogs, exercise equipment, etc. — has been handed over to federal investigators.

“They [federal authorities] hold the upper hand in the sense I don’t know how to communicate with witnesses essential to my case,” Mr. Poindexter told me. “I am effectively at an impasse in terms of physical evidence to build a case on. But, this won’t last. I believe federal authorities will eventually cooperate and we will be able to proceed.”

Virginia Commonwealth Attorney Gerald Poindexter
SURRY COUNTY
Post Office Box 358 * Surry, Virginia 23883
PH: 757-294-3118; FAX: 757-294-3560
NO EMAIL ADDRESS

ORIGINAL ALERT WITH UPDATED CONTACT INFO BELOW:

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LCA: Michael Vick Admits Guilt, Plea Deal To Be Announced!

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Aug 20, 2007 6:57 PM
Subject: Michael Vick Admits Guilt, Plea Deal To Be Announced!

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Michael Vick Admits Guilt – Plea Deal To Be Announced This Monday 8/27

Michael Vick has admitted guilt to the dog fighting charges against him and will accept a plea deal this Monday, August 27th.

LCA urges Judge Henry Hudson to ignore Michael Vick’s celebrity and sentence him based on the most important elements of the case: the seriousness of the crimes and the tortured and dead victims. With 23 years experience investigating dog fighting, LCA served in a consulting capacity during the Vick investigation.

If the facts alleged in the July 17th indictment are true, Vick not only participated in dog fights, but actually staged them on his property, purchased especially for that purpose. The indictment states that as recently as April 2007, Vick personally “executed” eight dogs “by various means including hanging, drowning, and slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground.”

LCA President Chris DeRose states, “These are not the type of crimes that one can simply apologize away. Despite legislative attempts to crack down on dog fighting, it flourishes nationwide. Civilized society has decided through the legislature to stop dog fighting, and now it falls upon the judicial branch to enforce the will of the people.”

DeRose goes on to say that even the maximum sentence of five years in prison under the current charges would be a lucky break for Vick: “Vick, or any other dog fight ringleader, would face much longer prison time under either Virginia’s state laws or the new federal dog fighting law which will guide prosecutions from 2007 forward,” DeRose said. “Ironically, Vick got a break by being busted this year instead of in 2008, when the stricter Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007 will apply.”

Please contact Judge Hudson’s office and urge him to impose the maximum fine and the five year prison term! In addition, Vick should serve time educating the public (i.e. school lectures, interviews) on the horrors of dog fighting and animal cruetly. This would not only save the animals but countless youth who emulate and look up to Vick. (See contact info at bottom.)

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Kinship Circle: ACTION-UPDATES / The Vick Dogfighting Files

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

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.

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Aug 2, 2007 8:36 PM
Subject: #2. ACTION-UPDATES/ The Vick Dogfighting Files
To: “3) KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY”

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8/2/07: PART 1 – [LETTER] Ask NFL To Release Michael Vick Without Pay
8/2/07: PART 2 – [ACTION/UPDATES] The Vick Dogfighting Files

THIS IS PART 2 of an alert sent in two separate emails.

If you did not receive PART 1, request it at: kinshipcircle [at] brick.net. [Or click here!]

IN THIS ALERT:

1. ACTION: Polls, Petitions, Feedback Forums
2. Vick Sponsors: Going, Going, Gone
3. The Vick Files: A Timeline In Cruelty
4. Timeline Of Dogfighting Events, From Federal Filing

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

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

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.

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8/2/07: PART 1 – [LETTER] Ask NFL To Release Michael Vick Without Pay
8/2/07: PART 2 – [ACTION/UPDATES] The Vick Dogfighting Files

THIS IS PART 1 of an alert sent in two separate emails.

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

Urge NFL to Do More: Suspend Vick Without Pay
http://getactive.peta.org/campaign/afalcons_vick_2
In Defense of Animals, takeaction [at] idausa.org

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

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch
Date: Jul 18, 2007 11:23 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: CBS stories, polls, and other coverage of Vick and dogfighting 7/18/07

DawnWatch, while not officially on a break, will not be functioning at full throttle this week or next. (The final of my book is due next week! I will be telling you more about it before it comes out early next year.) I will only be able to send occasional news updates over the next couple of weeks.

The story that is impossible to ignore this week is the indictment of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. He is charged with dogfighting, a felony, and with other hideous crimes that traditionally accompany it. I will share some of the coverage below and encourage you to respond. At the very least, please vote in the ESPN and NY1 polls.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution front page story, by Bill Torpy and Bill Rankin, opens with:

July 18, 2007 Wednesday

“Losers allegedly didn’t fare too well with Michael Vick. His pit bulls were often summarily executed after losing fights, according to a federal indictment that portrays a disturbing picture of animal cruelty.

“In April, just before authorities raided his property in rural Virginia, the Falcons’ star quarterback was there ‘rolling’ some of his pit bulls — that is, putting them through test fights to see if they were ‘game,’ federal authorities said.

“Eight of the animals didn’t make the cut, and were executed by Vick and two co-defendants by ‘hanging, drowning and slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground,’ authorities allege.

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