If I haven’t addressed the Michael Vick Situation or given you my opinion on it thus far, it’s because, at this point, you should know I’m thoroughly and utterly disgusted, horrified, and appalled. I think that piece of shit deserves more than he will ever get, as do all the people who consider him innocent or dogfighting a normal, fun activity. But if I haven’t addressed it yet, it’s because I worry myself sick about it in day-to-day life and haven’t felt much like articulating my rather wrathful thoughts.
I do have a tendency to over-worry myself when it comes to the sickening treatment human beings inflict on anything defenseless. Sometimes when I’m laying in bed at night I can’t stop my mind from racing. I think yeah, so, they caught Vick, but what about DMX and Big Boi and all the other “celebrities” who get away with this kind of thing? I mean, if someone can openly perpetuate it, then what hope do we have for punishing the average a-hole doing it over on 46th and Carvel? For Christ’s sake, all you have to do is go through the rap section at any music store and start counting the number of CD album art with dudes (and sometimes women like Missy Elliott) standing with thick chains attached to thicker dogs baring their teeth.
One thing that especially frustrates me is that total lack of understanding of these dogs. I can’t believe we all commonly refer to American Staffordshire Terriers (terriers!) as “pit bulls;” a nickname they got from these so-called games people bet on. I do it, too, and both Charlie and I now tell people that Alvy is a black lab/terrier mix. Because he is, and because if you say “pit bull,” people automatically back up and look down at him.
If the world must have the circus and Greyhound and horse racing (three other “sports” where animals are treated horribly in an effort to entertain human beings), the least we can do is focus on eliminating the people who encourage such a brutal and barbaric pasttime as fighting dogs to the death.
Vick needs to burn in hell (and I’m willing to personally send him there if someone will let me at him), and so do all his supporters and those backward idiots who feel important when they overpower another living thing.