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August 23, 2007

vick

A refreshing Canadian perspective.

Best opinion I've seen on the issue. Superbly written.

3 comments:

(Auntie) Denise said...

Excellent article. I can barely stomach the whole situation. What is it - life is so good you then have to go and screw it up? It's amazing. How can someone hurt an animal? It is truly disgusting.

Jeff said...

Finally! A media outlet "brazen" enough to call it what it is.

karl said...

I'll begin by noting that Vick has plead guilty to a crime, and will be punished for it, as he should be. I would like to state, however, that it was quite unfair, and unnecessary, for the author to suggest that his attitude toward dogs is a mirror of his attitude towards women, children, and the elderly.

With our species at the top of the food chain, the "savagery" of raising dogs for sport would seem to be a matter of debate. (I know all of you dog lovers will rip me for that one) Is there a moral difference between raising dogs to fight other dogs for entertainment, and raising a pig to become bacon and pork chops? I know the line is very sharp for many dog owners, but viewed from an outside perspective, it doesn't seem that clear to me. The article is well written, and identifies a potential (and plausible) theory as to the cause of Vick's actions. (he's a degenerate) But it also ignores the fact that we are a society that has mastered and used animals for anything we've wanted (mostly slaughter for food, but also "slave labor" - the peta nuts will love that) from the beginning of time, and while the distinction of the "morality of mercy" is certainly something to be considered, perhaps it should wait until after you've finished eating that steak. Mercy is required in a civilized society, but reason and rationality is more [sic] required.

As a postscript, I will note that engaging in illegal activity while sitting on 150 million dollars in player/endorsement contracts is just plain stupid, but also that the "he had it all and threw it away" aspect of this adds even more emotion for many to an already strong disgust. Take care not to let your feelings run away with you when judging others. Also, I love a great steak.