I wasn’t going to say anything at all about the Michael Vick dog-fighting thing. Enough media attention’s been paid to it, and there’s been plenty of blogging about it without my having to say anything. But there’s an irony about it that I just have to comment on, briefly.
Michael Vick will do prison time for, in part, killing dogs. That’s as it should be. But what will happen to the dogs he didn’t kill? Most likely, most of them will be killed:
Vick, who has been suspended indefinitely by the N.F.L., and the others pleaded guilty to federal felony charges for their involvement with the dogfighting. The first of their sentencing hearings is Nov. 30. The fate of the dogs, however, is all but sealed.
After the behaviorists make their recommendations, Kilgore said, he can try to have those few that are suitable put up for adoption or put them down.
“One of them may make a nice pet for someone that is an expert in pit bulls and knows exactly what they were doing with it,” he said while providing a tour of the kennel Thursday to a reporter and a photographer from The New York Times. “But the majority of people that want dogs like this want them for all the wrong reasons.”
Michael Vick is only the most famous member of a subculture that breeds and trains dogs to kill each other, or anything else that gets in their way. I can only hope that this high-profile case helps move us to do what we have to to kill the subculture, so we no longer have to kill the dogs.