Archive for 2007
As the nation’s attention is drawn to the dogfighting allegations against Michael Vick, pit bulls—the most common victims of this violent “sport”—have also been thrust into the spotlight. We heard from several readers who were apprehensive about the limelight. Among them: As an owner of . . .
At Michael Vick’s arraignment in U.S. District Court in Richmond yesterday, a trial date of November 26 was set. Vick’s lead counsel put a major defense team on display, signaling that he intends to mount a vigorous defense against the charges set out by the . . .
Since last week’s indictment of Michael Vick, major news outlets across the country and the world—from NPR to CNN, from The Independent to USA Today—have headlined the ugly world of dogfighting, exposing the ghastly cruelty of this underworld. One of the most riveting of these . . .
For today’s blog, I am taking a quick break from the Michael Vick case because there are major animal welfare actions on tap tomorrow in the U.S. House of Representatives and I need your help—principally by contacting your U.S. Representative in Washington, D.C. today on . . .
Humane Society of the United States members and other concerned citizens have reacted with extraordinary passion and determination in response to the indictment against Michael Vick and three co-defendants. As of yesterday, more than 263,000 individuals contacted the NFL through The HSUS’s online advocacy campaign . . .
The conversation continues surrounding Michael Vick, his status with the NFL, and his relationship with Nike. Among the comments we received: There may be a silver lining here. Whether or not Vick is found guilty, this incident will generate so much publicity that everyone in . . .
Little did he know it, but Michael Vick got a great assist—the equivalent of some tremendous pass protection on the field—in his dogfighting debacle from U.S. Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), who has emerged in recent years as one of the leading opponents of animal welfare . . .
As news of the federal indictment against Michael Vick and three co-defendants spreads, animal advocates—and sports fans—across the country have reacted and united. The response to our campaign urging the NFL to suspend Vick has been unprecedented. The outpouring of actions through humanesociety.org was larger . . .
Michael Vick said weeks ago he had no knowledge of dogfighting on his property and no involvement in the activity. The website for his kennel said he would absolutely not sell dogs for fighting. What a bunch of claptrap. Vick has, by all reliable accounts, . . .
Purchasing a puppy from a pet store appears, on its face, to be an entirely benign act—perhaps even a compassionate act, given the pleading eyes of these beautiful pups. But reproduced tens of thousands of times, this act is the economic engine that allows more . . .
Before the good news was delivered—that Section 123 of Title I was pulled from the the Farm Bill—readers denounced this provision, which threatened to nullify dozens of animal welfare laws enacted at the state and local level. Among the comments we received: It is beyond . . .