The name “Michael Vick” seems to conjure up emotions in everyone. For many, the response is “That guy killed, tortured, and mutilated dogs! He’s an awful human being! The worst in the world! How can you forgive him?! I will never root for that guy! Loser.”
You’ve seen the pictures. Mutilated pitbulls that remind you of your own dog. You’ve heard the stories about these dogs being tortured solely for entertainment. It’s awful. Michael Vick is the worst person in the world.
I hear all about it every time I leave my house wearing my Michael Vick jersey.
People, stop pretending. You don’t actually care about animal welfare.
Yes you, the gal who loves her cat or the guy who loves his dog, and thinks Vick is a monster. “What? Me? I love my pets so much, how could anyone hurt a defenseless animals? I would condone such a thing!”
You patronize the same kind of behavior every single day.
Ask yourself this…do you eat meat? (I sure do. Lots of it.) Does it come from the supermarket? Do you wear leather? Eat eggs?
If that is the case, here is a fact: your meat comes from animals that are killed, tortured, and multilated on a daily basis. On a scale far greater than anything Vick ever engaged in.
Don’t believe me? Here, see it for yourself:
[WARNING: THESE VIDEOS ARE GRAPHIC]
This isn’t a big secret, either.
But we don’t talk about where meat, fur, or leather comes from in polite society. It’s not… good conversation. It’s a little, shall we say, unpleasant.
You’ve simply swept the reality of factory farming under a rug because it’s convenient. That steak you had for dinner? It was grown in the grocery store. Those delicious brats you ate while complaining about Michael Vick? They came from the freezer, not a pig who was castrated, tortured, and then killed. That fur coat? It came from the coat store, it wasn’t stripped off an animal while it was still alive. But why we talking this anyway, it’s such a drag… let’s focus on a guy who was mean to dogs that resembled my pet! I love my pet!
Now pass the bacon!
At least Michael Vick had to confront his victims and hear their screams. You? Nah, you don’t have to think about where your food comes from. That’s unpleasant. Meat comes from the freezer. In fact, eating factory farmed meat and not asking questions is “part of the culture”.
And although they’re cute, don’t try and play it off like dogs are special or somehow more “sentient” than your dinner. Often the meat you ate was smarter than your dog. But you like your pet because it’s cute, so hurting similar animals is criminal, while hurting tasty ones is just dandy. Dogs are often considered food in other countries.
So yes, Michael Vick abused dogs. It was bad. Real bad. But he also went to jail for it and was forced into bankruptcy. And because of what Vick did, you’ll never buy a Vick jersey or root for the Eagles. And although Michael Vick went to jail for torturing animals that resemble your pet, incarceration and financial ruin wasn’t enough to satisfy you. Since animal cruelty is just so wrong. Such actions should never be forvien… right?
Yet you are not calling for the heads of those who torture animals on a daily, continued basis, don’t go to jail – they make money. Lots of it. You’re okay with that because the result is delicious and fashionable. You’ll give them your hard earned money without question, never demanding jail time.
But Vick is the worst person in the world. Because what he did is, uh… different…
And you’re right. It is different.
Vick is convenient and easy to hate – don’t buy his jersey, don’t watch Eagles games, don’t follow him on Twitter. That doesn’t take much from you. It takes next to nothing to show your dislike for the guy.
But hating Burger King or meat from the supermarket? Those who engage in animal cruelty every single day on a mass scale? That calls for a little bit of sacrifice. It’s terribly inconvenient. It means that no, you might not be able to eat a Baconator for every meal, any time you want. It means passing on that steak from some broccoli, or wearing shoes made out of canvass. It means looking your food in the face and saying “Gee, eating this might not be the right thing to do.” It means spending a few extra dollars on humane foods.
Sacrifice kind of sucks. Refusing to buy a jersey is so much easier…
So people, let’s not kid ourselves. You like your pets and animals that resemble them, and you don’t like the thought of the people who hurt them. But don’t pretend like you don’t care about animal rights. You don’t. If you did, you wouldn’t be eating factory farmed meat.
[Update]: Leo M Mulvihill Jr “This post is moronic. There is a difference between killing for food and torture for pure sport.”
Response: there is no “need” for factory farming. Society got along fine without it up until fairly recently. The reason we condone factory farming is because it allows us to produce a whole lot of meat. Enough meat so that every man, woman, and child in the country can eat a Baconator four times a day.
It’s one thing to kill an animal and eat it. We’ve been doing that for centuries. It’s an entirely different thing to load animals into a small space, torture them, and kill them on a mass scale to ensure everyone can indulge in gluttony.
If you eat factory farmed meat while condemning Michael Vick, you are a hypocrite.