OK, so Michael Vick just signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. I’m sure that most of you are wondering what I think–given that I am both a sports fan and a doggie person. Here goes:
1) I’ve always had trouble rooting against the Iggles since Donovan McNabb went there out of Syracuse. As a Giants fan, this was a real problem. No problems now! Easy to hate on Philly.
2) The standard question–should he be allowed to play in the NFL? Sure, he served his time in prison and went bankrupt. That’s real punishment–well deserved, too. I also have the right to bark at him, hang huge “Who Let The Dog Out (of jail?)” signs, buy plenty of Michael Vick dog chew toys and generally make his life miserable. Never forget–he is a vile, violent man who beat dogs’ heads against the ground until they died. Hound him until the day he dies (pun intended.)
3) In the NYT story hyperlinked above, PETA is quoted as stating: “What sort of message does this send to young fans who care about animals and don’t want to see them be harmed?”
That’s rich, coming from a group that advocated for the euthanasia of all the Vick dogs–despite the amazing success that Best Friends Animal Sanctuary has had in helping 22 pit bulls seized from Vick recover.
In the eloquent words of rock star and animal advocate Neko Case: “PETA can fucking blow me!”