Michael Vick admits to murdering dogs, but says he never gambled on dogfights / animal bloodsports
The animal bloodsport bearbaiting, in which a trapped bear is set on by dogs. It was a popular sport in England until the 18th century. A modern English foxhunt begins; riders on horseback and a pack of foxhounds chase a wild fox to death. Below, a cockfight. Sharp metal talons are attached to each rooster's legs. Cockfighting is now outlawed in all 50 USA states, although Louisiana's ban will not go into effect for about a year.
The ancient Mariner earnestly entreateth the Hermit to shrieve him; and the penance of life falls on him.
And ever and anon through out his future life an agony constraineth him to travel from land to land;
And to teach, by his own example, love and reverence to all things that God made and loveth.
Farewell, farewell! but this I tell
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest!
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.
He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.
-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (1797)
Shortly before the Michael Vick dogfighting scandal broke, Louisiana became the last USA state to ban the bloodsport of cockfighting -- but with a one-year delay to allow cockfighters time to try to soften the ban's financial loss. The next-to-last state to ban cockfighting was New Mexico.
In arranging to plead guilty to federal charges involving the pitbull dogfighting operation he and his friends ran, Vick apparently held out for the right not to have to admit to having gambled on the dogfights. Sports gambling is the ultimate taboo in the major US professional sports, one of the only acts which can trigger a lifetime playing ban. Vick and his lawyers believe or hold out hope that he can play pro football again after admitting to murdering dogs, as long as he didn't bet on them.
Some of the reader comments are racist. Some of the reaction to the Vick scandal among African-Americans is that the charges reflect an old, on-going use of the white-controlled criminal justice system to find any excuse to destroy any successful black American.
Small but visible rifts are showing in African-American opinion and response to the Vick mess. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference cancelled an invitation to have Vick appear at a convention as a role model to African-American youth. The Atlanta chapter (Vick plays for the Atlanta Falcons) of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the USA's oldest and most prestigious black advocacy group, came to Vick's defense and issued a call for fairness; a few days later the national NAACP issued a statement clearly condemning animal cruelty, but conceeding a local chapter's right to have its own opinions.
Even animal cruelty and abuse are not simple political and social matters, particularly when a shadow of racism clouds them. Ultimately, however, love of animals cuts across all racial and ethnic barriers; it is among the deepest of all human instincts, and to my experience no "ethnic defense" of cruel animal practices has ever prevailed in any community or any such dispute or scandal. Black people are disgusted by cruelty to animals, white people are disgusted by cruelty to animals, and all sane and decent people take pride that in the last century, particularly in North America and Western Europe, societies and governments have moved toward protection of animals -- wild and domestic -- and away from cruelty, abuse and bloodsport.
The Chicago Tribune (Illinois USA)
Friday 24 August 2007
Vick admits to killing dogs
by ALICIA P.Q. WITTMEYER and VERONICA GORLEY CHUFO
RICHMOND, Virginia -- Michael Vick admitted to attending dogfightings, funding the Bad Newz Kennels dogfighting operation, and participating in the killing of dogs, in court documents filed with the U.S. District Court in Richmond this afternoon.
In the documents, signed by the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and Newport News native, Vick says he provided "most of the 'Bad Newz Kennels' operation and gambling monies" but that he did not participate in the side bets that often accompanied the dogfights. He also did not receive any of the proceeds from the purses won during the fights.
He also admitted that he participated in the killing of six to eight dogs that didn't perform well in test fights by various methods, including hanging and drowning them.
"Vick agrees and stipulates that these dogs all died as a result of the collective efforts of Peace, Phillips and Vick," the documents said.
He also admitted to being aware of times that his co-defendants killed a number of dogs that performed poorly in test fights.
Media reports on Thursday had suggested that he would deny killing any dogs and deny any involvement in the gambling operation.
Vick's plea agreement, which is similar to those of his three codefendants, alludes to the football player spending a year to a year and a half in jail. If Vick "cooperates fully and truthfully," the prosecutors will recommend that he is sentenced "at the low end of the applicable guideline range," the agreement said.
Under the agreement, Vick must provide all information about the case to prosecutors.
He will also have to pay for the disposition of all pitbulls seized during an April search of his property, as part of the plea. Vick is scheduled to enter his guilty plea to a conspiracy charge related to dogfighting in U.S. District Court in Richmond before District Judge Henry E. Hudson Monday. Hudson will have the final say over Vick's sentence.
He will be the last of four codefendants to enter a guilty plea. Two of the codefendants Quanis Phillips, 28, and Purnell Peace, 35, pleaded guilty last week to federal dogfighting charges and said Vick had actively participated in killing dogs. The first codefendant Tony Taylor, 34, pleaded guilty on July 30.
The agreements of all four co-defendants tell the same gruesome story of Taylor, Phillips and Vick coming together in 2001 to start the dogfighting operation that would become Bad Newz Kennels, with Vick purchasing the Surry County property at 1915 Moonlight Road to serve as the operation's home base.
They also describe Vick and the others attending dogfights in different states, and hosting dogfights in Surry County with participants coming from New Jersey, the Carolinas and Maryland.
Surry County Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald G. Poindexter has said he still intends to seek local charges against Vick.
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Vick admits to killing dogs
Michael Vick has signed a plea agreement in which he admits killing six to eight dogs.
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Silver Spring, MD
Hang Vick according to Religious Doctrine..
An eye for an eye, a death for a death.
If Vick serves time, I hope they put him in one of the prisons where the inmates have been training puppies for service dogs-I'll bet they'd treat him the way other prisoners treat child molesters...
Santa Ana, CA
Now he is off to a resort style prison, where he will still get his **** kissed. Just cut this guy off. Make him get a 9-5 job like everyone else.
Just another classic Vick move. At Virginia Tech his only family cheered when the starting QB broke his leg and Vick got to play. Scum family, scum son.
Piece of filth! Book him for all you can get.
I only hope that someday, someone will do to the four of you, what you have done to those dogs.
Sharon Hill, PA
This is no admission; this is a last resort. He knows that if he pleads to the gambling, he'll get banned from football for life. His story changes more than than my 2 year olds diaper. And it's just as foul!!!!
I think these people should have the highest jail sentence possible for cruelty to animals. They are too despicable for words. It is obvious that some people never have enough money to satisfy themselves.
too cool for school
Not only did they cheer and clap, they also said horrible things about the starting QB and how Vick deserved the position. This coming from one of the cousins that turned him in!
He deserves worse
I laugh when I hear that we should go easy on Vick because he made a mistake. Truth be told he made (at least) 8 of them in a barbaric, cold hearted, calculating manner. This wasn't one isolated case but more of snapshot of his lack of values. He is the worst kind of person. He has no humanity. He creates chaos and death for his own amusement. Scum.
Salt Lake City, UT
Vick, make up your mind. Celebrities in trouble. Which of the following celebrities has committed the worse offense? a) Paris b) Bill Murray c) Lindsay d) Mel Gibson e) Michael Vick f) Nicole Richie
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Finally, the truth from this supposed football star. Dogs are vulnerable creatures and this man apparently never knew that. How did he learn such evil then? Shame on the NAACP for supporting him. A clear message MUST be sent that abuse of animals and profiting from that abuse is against the law. Put Vick behind bars for the maximum and every state law he and the others violated needs to be prosecuted as well. Animal abuse is almost always linked to the abuse of children and others, including women. Down with the Michael Vicks of this world!
Those african americans are like animals anyway..
he's lying,why would anybody fight dogs and not bet on them.byebye ****
Media reports on Thursday had suggested...
Vick notwithstanding, you media jerks (worse than used car salesmen) release inaccurate info so often that it's a wonder anyone can believe this latest report.
Vick should be fined, should do community service, should be under supervision for at least 2 years, and allowed to play football next year, so he has the money to pay dearly for what he did. EOM
jmills plant city fl
Plant City, FL
confiscate the property.
Us niggahs is stupid
Two options, they fight dogs unarmed and naked or they fight each other,for our amusement and bets of course. I'd be totally cool with no jail time for whoever submits to this punishment.
San Jose, CA
He's finished. Bury him now.
jmills plant city fl
Plant City, FL
vick will be welcomed as a hero and a celebrity in prison. that's the way it is. those people don't see anything wrong with what he did. and i am sure that he himself does not see anything wrong with it either. people in prison seem to be sociopaths and only pretend to be like other people as it suits their needs. they do not really care what pain they cause.