Vick's cruelty to animals overshadows his desire to own a pet

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  • thisguy68 SLC, UT
    July 30, 2012 10:03 a.m.


    There are plenty of examples of felonious crimes and the punishments long after jail time. What about a pedophile? They are not allowed to live within certain boundaries of a school, right?

    As a society we should look at certain things as more of a privilege. Whether or not he should have a dog as a side issue, here he is just a couple years later....back in the NFL, with lucrative contracts again. I'd love to be Commissioner of the NFL. My first order of business would be a rule banning anyone with a felony from playing in the league.

    There are 12 states that ban felons from VOTING even after serving time. We're not even talking about voting here, we're talking about a guy being able to get a dog after the horrible things he did to DOGS. Dog ownership, NFL careers, Nike contracts...they ought to be a privilege, and doing what he did ought to make it illegal for him to get that again.

    July 30, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    Do you feel all those who have been convicted of crimes can never learn something and change their attitudes and actions or just Michael Vick?

    Should anyone who has ever been convicted of vehicular homicide be denied a drivers license for the rest of his life? Should those convicted of domestic violence be barred from marrying? People who shoot their siblings with an "unloaded gun" should never be allowed to own a gun? People who steal should never be allowed to handle money?

    Michael Vick served his time. He has earned a second chance.

    I support Best Friends Animal Shelter financially. I have toured the facility and I often recommend to others that it is a worthy organization to support. I stand in awe of your work.

    But in this case, I think you are wrong.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    July 29, 2012 8:17 a.m.

    This is a very passionately and well done piece. But then at the end it strays....

    "just another reminder of the actions of an unrepentant dog killer.:

    Exactly how does the author know this? That Vick is "unrepentant"? Unless the author either has evidence of continued activities in this area, or has an intimate relationship with Visk, this is a very bold and over reaching statement. It is just another example of those who feel they have the right to judge the hearts of others.... which is unfortunate because this si an otherwise great call to caution.

    Do I think Visk's kids should be denied the right to a puppy because of the sins of their father. No. But Vick's previous behavior does cause one to pause. Bet we are a nation built on Christian values of repentance, and second chances. Visk will ultimately have to stand and answer for his actions to a power higher than me or the author. How he proceeds will be evidence if he is a repentant man.