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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Where' the Logic in This?

I haven't written anything about the Michael Vick thingy and frankly haven't been following it very closely. Anything having to do with professional athletes bores me. But this set me back a bit when I saw it.

The owners of 53 pit bulls seized in April from the Virginia property owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick have until the end of the day to claim the animals, a court official said.

Prosecutors have asked a federal judge for permission to exterminate the animals, but it is not known when this will take place.


Officials and animal rights advocates agree that the dogs should be killed because their brutal training could make them a threat to people and other animals.

The dogs might not be killed right away because they are evidence in the case against Vick and possibly others referred to in a federal indictment issued in July.

Read it here.

So let me get this straight. Vick committed a horrible crime when he killed non-performing dogs, but the "humane" society experts and court officials are fully justified in killing far more dogs, regardless of their performance, simply because they are not the nice, cuddly kinds of beasts most favored for pets. Unless, of course they might be useful in further prosecutions, in which case they might be kept around for a while.

I thought this whole thing had something to do with Vick's inhumanity toward simple beasts, but aren't the authorities just as bad if not worse?