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Why isn’t Michael Vick in prison?   Controversies, Catastrophes and Teaky Moments (Enter at your own risk)

Started Dec-8 by DW (GSDogwalker); 1166 views.
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DW (GSDogwalker)

From: DW (GSDogwalker)

Dec-8

Solitaire13

From: Solitaire13

Dec-8

Michael Vick gets a bad rap.

DW (GSDogwalker)

From: DW (GSDogwalker)

Dec-8

Why? You like him?  He is half the reason our shelters and streets are overrun with pits. People thinking they were doing a good thing.

Solitaire13

From: Solitaire13

Dec-8

Lobbying humane organizations did that.

Solitaire13

From: Solitaire13

Dec-9

Michael Vick did not get busted for dog fighting until 2007. 

Pit Bulls became the number one breed to kill humans in the early 2000's. 

Humane organizations battled for years, picking off state by state, to make dog fighting a felony and the mission was finally accomplished in its entirety by 2008. All of that was not accomplished in a year it took a decades long campaign. 

During that process, the humane society put a strong emphasis on the long forgotten true bait animals,  usually kittens, German Shepherd puppies and Great Dane puppies.  These hapless souls suffered horrifically in the willing jaws of Pit Bulls. 

It was the humane organizations that later brought Pit Bulls into favor not wanting to euthanize these dogs genetically bred to fight and kill their own kind when there was a bust. It was them that began to portray these natural born killers as pets. 

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was another catalyst in the Pit Bull problem.  Pit Bulls were largely unknown throughout the US except for the deep south and a few other isolated pockets throughout the states where dog fighting ran rampant. Rarely did people try to harbor Pits as pets. When hurricane Katrina flooded the south, many of those Pit Bulls were "rescued " and relocated throughout the country. The majority of those Pit Bulls were dog fighters or close descendants within a generation or two of dog fighters. 

Vick would come later. His role in the Pit Bull problem was to catapult dog fighting into the media and reaching a segment of the population who up unto that point, were largely unaware of dog fighting. These people were sports enthusiasts, football fans. I remember well that the consensus among many sports enthusiasts was to support Vick for being the exceptional athlete that he was. Their support never wavered as evidenced by his status today.

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Solitaire13

From: Solitaire13

Dec-9

I was asked if I support dog fighting. 

I believe that when you get a dog, you need to do your homework. Most dogs are purpose bred to display various genetic traits. An owner has a responsibility to provide for those traits. IMO, not providing an outlet for a dog's drives is where most problems with dogs begins.

Retrievers are easily satisfied with swimming and retrieving balls. German Shepherds can satisfy their drives herding sheep or doing bitework. Terriers can do well with barn hunts. Greyhounds can do well with lure coursing. You have to address these drives in order to humanely own these breeds. What does one do to satisfy the drives of a breed that has been genetically bred to fight and kill their own kind? To not let them act on their drives is as cruel and inhumane to them as it is to any other breed of dog.

DW (GSDogwalker)

From: DW (GSDogwalker)

Dec-9

So they should not be bred at all.

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