Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sick about Vick

I can't seem to get Michael Vick out of my head, so hopefully writing about it here for Dogs on Thursday will help, so I can get on with my life. I just can't believe that any team would sign Michael Vick, let alone the Philadelphia Eagles. Full disclosure: I'm not a football fan. I don't understand the game, and have absolutely no desire to learn. To me, it's just a bunch of seriously over-paid bullys pushing each other around. Still, the Eagles are the closest team to me, so I've always thought of them as the "hometown team".

I'm embarrassed to live so close to the team who signed Vick and is giving him a boat-load of money. I suppose if I were a good Christian, I would say that he paid his debt to society and deserves a second chance. Bull. I watched as much of the 60 Minutes interview as I could, and I don't believe he is sincere. I think his lawyers schooled him on what to say in order to minimize the damage to his reputation, and I'm just not buying it.

One of the most distressing parts about this whole thing (to me) is that the Humane Society of the United States IS buying it. I called them today and cancelled my HSUS membership. I told them not to send me any more information in the mail or via email because I refuse to support an organization that supports Michael Vick. The woman I talked to just said "Yes... OK... I'll pass your message on..." I'm sure the loss of my membership fee will not make much difference to an organization as large as HSUS, but American Brittany Rescue, ASPCA or the Farm Sanctuary would probably be pleased to have a little larger donation from me this year...

I wish I could say that I feel better after getting this off of my chest, but I'm still just sick about the whole situation...

15 comments:

Beth said...

Well, I think you chose the perfect way to voice your opinion. I think they'll feel the pinch and get the message, because I'm sure you're not the only one!

Channon said...

I like to believe in forgiveness and second chances, but... Let me know if writing this post did help you let go!

Tina. said...

I understand exactly where you are coming from! And you are correct, he didn't appear sincere at all. Thanks for voicing your opinion!

Donna Lee said...

I firmly believe in forgiveness and he might have paid his debt to society but I don't get a feeling of remorse. I think if he thought he could get away with it, he'd do it again. Your solution is a good one. I can't believe the Eagles thought it was a good idea to hire him. He should have to work cleaning kennels for a while.....

Sue said...

I agree 100% with you. I feel that he did his time, which in my opinion wasn't long enough, and should be able to earn a living. So let him get a job, not in a position where he'll be a role model for others, or where he'll have way too much money to get into things like that all over again.

I am also dropping the HSUS from our charitable giving. They need to think this over some more.

margo said...

I also feel he lacks remorse.
Makes me sick to see his face. Let him clean kennels for a living.

Robin said...

...oh, don't get me started! I live in VA, about 45 mins from Va Tech. His name has been in the news for what seems like FOREVER! I'm a huge football fan and ashamed that the NFL would do this! You tell me what ordinary "felon" can come out of prison and go back to his original job?
...okay, I'm stepping down know before I really get going--sorry!

Serendipity said...

I know how you feel. I don't read much about him but judging from all the negative remarks I've heard about him so far, he doesn't seem to have repented.

silfert said...

The Humane Society fell for that... that... tripe? Jeez. I don't care who's playing, if it's against the Eagles, I'll root for 'em.

Nichole said...

I'm with you and due in part their current support of Vick, as well as them wanting to put down all of the Vick dogs without observation many months ago, I am no longer supporting HSUS. For me, its all about Best Friends and the ASPCA, as well as local shelters and rescues.

Jennifer said...

Lots of people who are good at what they do (think politicians) have faced public disgrace and lost their jobs over an indiscretion in their personal lives. They have to start over and move on, and they receive little sympathy from the public as they do so.

Why is it, then, that an athlete - whose main function is entertainment, really - involved in something as monstrous as this gets to go right back to his multi-million dollar pedestal? I think it's a good example of how messed-up our priorities have become.

I'm with you - I just don't get it.

Criquette said...

Thanks for letting us know about the Humane Society's position on the evilness known as Michael Vick. I am also going to cancel my membership. Maybe if several people do this, they will take notice.

At least the Satan of the dog world isn't in Kansas anymore...

Knitter in an Urban Zoo said...

I'm totally with you. Yuck, I'm sick about it.

Knitter in an Urban Zoo said...

I'm totally with you. Yuck, I'm sick about it.

Anonymous said...

There is a strong rumor Vick has purchased a house in the Rolling Brook Farm development in West Deptford (!)

Josie sure looks nervous...