Redskin Players say dogfighting “Not a Crime”

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/football/nfl/05/22/bc.fbn.vickinvestigatio.ap/index.html

Skimming through cnnsi.com today I ran across the above article and Clinton Portis and Chris Samuels supporting Michael Vick saying dogfighting is not a crime.

I never thought I’d see the day where someone would endorse dog fighting as ok. It’s horrible and inhumane to force two dogs to fight. More proof that the Washington Redskins are a classless organization. When these guys feel that the rest of the country is wrong for prosecuting a man who obviously flaunts the law and deserves all that is coming to him.

I recommend Michael Vick and his friends Clinton Portis and Chris Samuels read the following article on Dog fighting.

http://www.hsus.org/hsusfield/animalfightingthefinalround/dogfightingfact_sheet/

5. Why should dogfighting be a felony offense? There are several compelling reasons. Because dogfighting yields such large profits for participants, the minor penalties associated with misdemeanor convictions are not a sufficient deterrent. Dogfighters merely absorb these fines as part of the cost of doing business. The cruelty inherent in dogfighting should be punished by more than a slap on the hand. Dogfighting is not a spur-of-the-moment act; it is a premeditated and cruel practice. Those involved in dogfighting go to extensive lengths to avoid detection by law enforcement, so investigations can be difficult, dangerous, and expensive. Law enforcement officials are more inclined to investigate dogfighting if it is a felony. As more states make dogfighting a felony offense, those remaining states with low penalties will become magnets for dog fighters.

It’s due to thugs like Vick that pit bulls are banned in many areas of the country due to their use as aggressive attack animals and vicious attacks on children, other pets and even elderly people. It’s a shame these animals have been bred with such an aggressive streak.

I believe that Michael Vick should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. As owner of the property, he is responsible for what happens on it. I hope the NFL and the state of Virginia do not cave into Vick as a big profile name with tons of money and instead charge him and prosecute him. In Virginia Dog Fighting it is a felony as well as to own a dog for fighting and be a spectator at a dog fight, I’m sure Ron Mexico is more at fault then that.

Portis and Samuels should be ashamed at themselves and Redskin nation should be affronted at the uncaring remarks made by those two in “support” of dog fighting and Michael Vick. I’m sure PETA, based in Virginia, is going to have a field day with this.

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