Among the many crazy stories this week, including the signing of Michael Vick to the Philadelphia Eagles, I was pointed back to a 2005 article by the Washington Post about the infamous PETA and its own skeletons.
According to the article, this is an organization that has been under investigation for years as suspected domestic terrorists. No lie. Part of it is the hyper sensitivity of government law enforcement agencies after 9/11 and the other part is PETA is connected/entangled/funded by extreme animal rights groups that will literally bomb your car if you work with testing animals. Forget the fact that no animals are harmed, your car is getting it.
But I’m not surprised by any of this. The fringe animals rights groups have always been so cantankerous and outrageously absurd in the name of their cause, I have dismissed any possibility of reasonableness from them. That includes PETA.
So when the group says in January Vick should get a brain scan for signs he may be a psychopath, I shrug, knowing it’s just ol’ crazy PETA doing its thing. When Vick is released from prison and they accuse him of being at a strip club afterward and not being remorseful of his crimes, I laugh. If I were Vick in that moment, instead of denying being at a strip club, I’d totally admit to it. Because that’s exactly where I’d want to be after two years locked in the pen. No lie.
And then, when Vick finally has a job, after he has pledged to donate his time, money and influence against dogfighting — even to PETA, they issue this statement:
PETA and millions of decent football fans around the world are disappointed that the Philadelphia Eagles have chosen to sign a man who hanged dogs from trees, electrocuted them with jumper cables, held them underwater until they drowned in his swimming pool, and even threw his own family dogs into the fighting pit to be torn to shreds while he laughed. What sort of message does this send to young fans who care about animals and don’t want to see them be harmed?
PETA certainly hopes that Vick has learned his lesson and feels truly remorseful for his crimes—but since he’s given no public indication that that’s the case, only time will tell. At this point, all Eagles fans can do is cross their fingers and hope that they won’t ever have to explain to their sons and daughters what a “rape rack” is and why their favorite player was using one, as Falcons fans once had to.
First: I doubt PETA’s leadership or mouthpiece include football fans. Or for that matter, people with souls. But hey, stupid is, as stupid does. Second: This situation reminds me of some folks who get all harped up about one issue and lose sight of their integrity in the process. While the intentions of the majority donors of PETA and other animal rights groups are laudable, the mouthpiece of the organization (whoever runs it) has lost a hold on its integrity by its continued gruesome attacks on Vick, who has paid his price with $100 million lost, bankruptcy and two years of his life taken away. Apparently, that’s not good enough for the crazies.
The atrocities Vick leveled against dogs are undeniable. But the ridiculousness of the reaction to his sins that have followed since his conviction and imprisonment, have been more than outrageous. I believe, without a doubt, PETA has hoped to extend its brand on Vick’s name alone. There is no other justification for continuing down this path other than to prove how crazy one organization can go.
I mean, what else could it be? Who claims to have the voice of reason for PETA? I doubt there is one, just like I doubt Vick will ever be left alone so long as he lives.
Wow, for real. Am I becoming sympathetic to a dog killer? Ummm, ya. I think I am. Thanks PETA. You made it that much easier.