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Michael Vick was found guilty of animal cruelty and served time in prison for his crime. That is all well and good. But please don't have Mr Vick behave as a snake oil salesman on "All Things Considered" (7/19/11). Mr. Vick knows what he is. Final Judgment will determine Mr. Vick's ultimate fate. Randall Greenbaum, Princeton, NJ
I'm going to be honest here... I care not a whit about Michael Vick. He served his time, and hopefully he will never get another dog and just maybe he can deter some kid with no guidance from dog fighting. But let’s stop giving Wayne Pacelle and the HSUS a free pass. Ask Wayne... one and gone. You think Wayne cares about dogs? Really? What Wayne cares about is his multiple paychecks from the multiple organizations HSUS uses to hide how much money he and his cronies take home. Think Wayne and his ilk run your local Humane Society? Think again. Ask the Hurricane Katrina folks how Wayne and crew came in, and took the money and ran. What does Wayne want?? Wayne wants there to be no more companion animals. None. And if you love your dog, and have a bond with it, well you are just sick and should stick to your own species. Ask him. Or better yet do a bit of research and find out what Wayne has said in the past. He means it. If Wayne and crew get their way folks there will be no more dogs, no more cats, no more horses, no more cows... We'll all live in a concrete jungle because there will be no reason to have green space. How 'bout we stop letting Wayne set the agenda and start asking him and his the tough questions. Karen Hanson, Manakin Sabot, VA
Sorry -- after following the route of HSUS and Michael Vick, all I can see is that it's all about the money once again. I know he's locked into a contract with them but looks to me like the giant corporation has just found another way to make millions for themselves. If the HSUS actually had sincere motives, we would see more actual laws and enforcement on the books - period. I believe they made a "token" contribution to Best Friends, but not enough to cover his damages. The NFL showed where their loyalties are too, by taking him back in. So he has no million dollar job any more; he can do something else. The animals he ruined are either dead or will never be rehabilitated. You simply can't make up for this by talking a lot. Holly Antosz, Chandler, AZ
Listener response emails “Michael Vick Discusses Anti Animal Fighting Bill” You're going to lose a lifetime listener if you keep sympathetically interviewing people like Michael Vick. Your interviewer casts him in the light of a victim of his childhood. But a killer of something as innocent as a dog for his own entertainment is inherently evil; he does not deserve the attention. JD Pate, Springfield, MO
I have followed the lives of the rescued dogs from Mr. Vick's fighting compound after they were rescued. Has he? Did he really have any connections with any of these dogs? Or were they just a way to get status and money? Between Bad Rap and the Utah rescue group, who they have done all of the work to make these dogs real companion animals, a lot have been adopted by real families. He should have been made to work with these dogs. I don't know that I believe his "new" personna! Nancy Goodman, Manor, TX
I listen every chance I get and for the most part I enjoy listening to your program. But the Michael Vick story mad me very angry. Vick said all the right things except for the part that he is truly sorry for having hurt dogs in a most cruel way. Your story didn't mention the horrible and beyond cruel ways he killed the dogs. It takes a very sick soul to do the things he did to the dogs that didn't meet his standards. To Vick the dogs were not feeling beings. He didn't just kill the dogs, he tortured them and that in my opinion is not forgivable. Vikki Strong, Denver, CO
I was disappointed that "All Things Considered" missed an opportunity to confront Mr. Vick with the questions surrounding his heinous actions that need to be asked- and are never a part of the heavily scripted, PR-scrubbed interviews he does. Mr. Vick continues to allude to his actions without ever admitting or acknowledging how disturbing and horrible they were, and has never decried the so-called "sport" he participated in. Unfortunately, reporters continue to tiptoe around this fact. No one ever inquires after any sincere, voluntary effort on Mr. Vick's behalf to assist in the care of the dogs rescued from his compound, to promote animal welfare, or to condemn dog fighting. He says he lost everything in prison, but no reporter asks how Mr. Vick thinks that short stint might have compared to living life on a chain, being beaten, drugged, forced to fight, given no medical care for your injuries, and ultimately being tortured to death by the only people you ever knew. No one asks why Mr. Vick has continually refused to speak with any of the rescue organizations or caretakers involved in the rehabilitation of his victims. Many suggest that Mr.
Listener response emails “Michael Vick Discusses Anti Animal Fighting Bill” Vick has paid his debt to society, but the fact is that he went to prison for bankrolling a gambling ring- he was never charged with the sadistic beatings and torture he inflicted on those animals. Descriptions of Mr. Vick bashing in their skulls, smashing dogs against the ground repeatedly until they died, drowning, and electrocuting dogs seem to have become so commonplace that they don't even elicit a reaction anymore. It is sad to imagine a society that can ignore the wickedness of such actions, and hail a person, who has never even acknowledged or apologized for their participation in them, as "changed" and worthy of lecturing to schoolchildren. Mr. Vick refuses to acknowledge the innate wrongness in his role in this unspeakable abuse, beyond the fact that he briefly went to prison. Viciously murdering dogs isn't bad just because you might go to prison for it- it's bad because torturing another living being is utterly wrong. I am not suggesting that we devote all of our time and energy to vilifying this man, but I do not see the value in pretending that his crimes were not monstrous and horrific. Until he acts on his own volition with legitimate remorse and genuine compassion to promote animal causes and publicly denounce dog fighting, I don't think anyone with half a soul will consider his crime "paid for." Laura Cooke, Hagerstown, MD
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