MayzieMom here. By now, you’ve probably all heard that Michael Vick wants another dog. He says he wants it for his (sniffle, sob) little girl and because he thinks it would help in his rehabilitation.
Right. And while we’re at it, let’s make sure everyone who is convicted of drug trafficking gets a meth lab in their kitchen. You know. To help with their rehabilitation.
But while we are all disgusted by Michael Vick’s words (and his reasoning), it’s really not surprising. He has a lot at stake and shining up his image means more dollars in the bank. Not to mention that he’s most likely a sociopath and sociopaths are really good at saying and doing the right things to make it seem like they’re fine, upstanding members of society.
Luckily, however, this will probably never happen because the dogs have a champion in their corner. Someone who will fight for them and ensure their safety. Mr. Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, issued this strong, unyielding statement in response to Mr. Vick’s desire to have another dog: “I have been around him a lot and feel confident that he would do a good job as a pet owner,”
Um, wait. WHAT? Did I just end up in Backwardsland? You know, where people say one thing but actually mean the total opposite? Because what I’m SURE Mr. Pacelle MEANT to say was, “While I wholeheartedly support Mr. Vick’s efforts at rehabilitation, owning a pet is a privilege. And the Humane Society of the United States believes that Mr. Vick permanently gave up that privilege when he willingly chose to participate in the violent torture and killing of innocent dogs.”
In my opinion, Mr. Pacelle’s statement is FAR worse than anything Vick could say. He is supposed to be fighting for the DOGS. He is supposed to be standing up for those who can’t speak for themselves. He is NOT supposed to be enabling an animal abuser by helping Vick get another pet.
The HSUS and Mr. Pacelle have done numerous things in the past that have made me question their ethics (that’s for another post). But this takes the cake. I found his email address (email@example.com) and sent him this email:
“Dear Mr. Pacelle,
I was shocked, saddened and outraged to hear your statement that Michael Vick should be allowed the possibility of owning another dog one day. While I am all for second chances, a human being who is capable of carrying out the vile and terrible acts that Mr Vick did should NEVER be allowed the privilege of owning another pet. Anyone who can look into the eyes of a dog and then slam them to the ground until they are dead is missing a basic element of human compassion. To say “that’s the way he was raised,” is an excuse. Plenty of people are raised in horrible conditions and yet do not inflict the terror and abuse upon others that Mr. Vick did.
In your position, you should be fighting for those who can not fight for themselves. Mr. Vick has plenty of lawyers and PR people to fight for him. You should be fighting for the animals that he tortured and ensuring that he never has even the slightest opportunity to inflict pain upon another animal as long as he lives. Unfortunately, it appears that you have been just as taken in by him as the rest of the fawning and adoring media. Yet another reason that I will never again donate another penny of my money to your organization.”
I hope you will also consider writing Mr. Pacelle (did I mention his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org?) and voicing your opinion as well. Make sure he knows that you will not be supporting HSUS in any way until he retracts his statement and makes it clear that those who torture animals should not get the chance to do it again. We can’t do anything about Vick, but we CAN demand that those who are supposed to protect our pets actually do that.