Note: This has gone out to media today and more will go out tomorow.
Good news is that we have received word that the Lost Dogs books HAVE BEEN RECEIVED by the White House.
Oprah And Piers Morgan Vying for Michael Vick interview
Dog owners ask: how about gambling on the real heroes of the tale
OAKLAND, CA, January 19, 2011, There are 77.5 million dogs in America. Their owners collectively groaned as Piers Morgan wagered Oprah on who would be first to interview Michael Vick. Some twittered that the winner of the 200 pound bet should donate the sum to worthy pit bull rescue groups Best Friends and BadRap who have and are taking care of a majority of the dogs rescued from the Bad Newz Kennels.
Petside recently named Vick one of the top 10 pet heroes, insulting the true heroes.
If truth were told, this is what the media, for the most part, is telling America. Millionaire football player gets sweet deal for killing dogs. Vick is not a "bad boy" now reformed. The redemption from “dog fighting” story is baloney.
When the media makes light of his cruelty and says animal lovers should “ get over it,” they make a large portion of their viewers angry.
Lessons children are learning…
What happens when you are NOT rich and famous
Carlos Olivero was convicted of dog fighting in 2009 in Florida; he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Recently, two men were sentenced after Georgia dog fighting raid and were sentenced to five years in state prison and five years of probation.
What happens when you are rich, famous and play football
...the court documents plainly states that Vick was instrumental in the killing of dogs while he was in involved in dog fighting. Vick was convicted on gambling, interstate dog trafficking and other dog fighting conspiracy charges, but not animal cruelty, despite his own admission to drowning, electrocuting and hanging dogs.
Vick did almost 2 years time not the 5 years maximum time for his crime, which is the maximum in Virginia for dog fighting. Vick gets out a month early from jail and then goes back to playing football for millions of dollars. That is his payment for years of killing and fighting dogs? That is paying a debt to society?
Bigger issues at stake in our society...
(President Obama) "Congratulating the Philadelphia Eagles for doing "the capitalism thing" under the pretense of it being "the right thing" is wrong and the wrong message to send young African-American males."
More than 200 people recently sent Lost Dogs books to the White House in response.
"I sent the book because I am a pit bull advocate and I think Vick got off way too easy for what he did. What kind of example does it set for our youth to make a hero out of someone who shows a complete lack of respect for life? Beyond that, what he did was sadistic! Before President Obama takes a side in the matter I believe he should know the full extent of BOTH sides. The dogs deserve to be heard and congratulated on their "second chance," said Catherine Howe Bryant of Winston Salem, NC.
Facts left out of the public discourse:
1. Vick used his own dog as a bait dog to be savaged. He is only banned from having a dog until 2012, he should NEVER be able to have a dog again.
2. The Lost Dogs book by Jim Gorant outlines precisely how the law enforcers found the blood on Vick's hands. Vick killed dogs for fun and profit FOR YEARS. The book honors the dogs and is a living testament to the TRUE HEROES of this tale.
The ASPCA and law enforcement know that there is a well documented correlation between people who abuse animals also abuse people.
3. Redemption begins with admitting what you did wrong and having remorse for what you did. Vick has said repeatedly he’d still be fighting dogs (and killing them brutally) if he had not been caught. His "remorse" is a big PR show for money.
Many want Oprah, Piers Morgan and/or Barbara Walters to have Vick CONFESS his crimes to author Jim Gorant, Donna Reynolds from BADRAP and Francis Battista from Best Friends Animal Society. Have Vick admit what he did.
2. Donate millions of dollars of his OWN FREE WILL to BadRap and Best Friends for taking care of the dogs he brutalized.
Speaking of forgiveness,
Who are the real heroes of this tale? Clearly, the dogs and their rescuers not Vick.
Vick is just one in the 20,000 to 40,000 people that are estimated to be involved in America’s multi-billion dollar illegal dog fighting industry. The operation Vick sponsored was so cruel that many of the losing dogs either died in the pit, or they were electrocuted, hanged, drowned, or shot. Vick and three others (Taylor, Peace, and Phillips) were charged with competitive dog fighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting and conducting the enterprise across state lines. Vick was not charged with animal cruelty, a felony in all states. He got a plea deal.