A major development in the effort to stop dog fighting in America occurred yesterday with the indictment of a famous American football player.
[quote]The indictment handed down Tuesday against Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and three others describes in detail how they procured a property in Virginia for the purpose of staging dogfights, bought dogs, and then fought them there and in several other states over a six-year period. With at least three cooperating witnesses providing the details, federal authorities compiled a detailed case that traces the birth and rise of Bad Newz Kennels.
But not a single line in the 18-page indictment will generate more rage toward Vick and the others charged – Purnell A. Peace, Quanis L. Phillips and Tony Taylor – than a sentence near the end. It reads: “In or about April of 2007, Peace, Phillips and Vick executed approximately eight dogs that did not perform well in ‘testing’ sessions at 1915 Moonlight Road by various methods, including hanging, drowning and slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground.”[/quote]
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this case, a few months ago the police raided a home in Virginia owned by Michael Vick as part of a drug investigation against a cousin of Michael Vick who lived at that residence. During the raid, the police found evidence of an elaborate dog fighting facility at the home.
Michael Vick claimed ignorance, saying he only bought the home as an investment, didn’t live there, was the innocent victim of irresponsible family members who took advantage of his trust, and wasn’t involved in dog fighting. The indictment certainly alleges otherwise.
The significance of this case cannot be understated. Dog fighting is a serious problem in parts of the South and urban America, and has been glorified in rap videos, including one by Jay-Z. A recent story on CNN stated that one in five inner city children in Chicago have been exposed to dog fighting. Given Michael Vick’s popularity in urban America, this case presents a unique opportunity to bring this issue to the forefront and teach the American public, especially inner city youth, that dog fighting is a cruel and senseless crime – with serious consequences.
I wish the penalties were more severe! :fume: