Michael Vick wants a Dog—and the Humane Society is ready to give him one.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Dec 16, 2010
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Should we forgive Michael Vick?

Good god. Electrocution, drowning, shooting, hanging, abuse (warning, graphic image)…and he’s only banned from having a dog for another 12 months?


“I would love to get another dog in the future. I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process,” Vick said, according to NBC News and TheGrio.com. The full interview was scheduled to be shown on TheGrio.com on Wednesday.

“I have been around him a lot, and feel confident that he would do a good job as a pet owner,” Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday.

As part of Vick’s probation, he can’t buy, sell or own a dog. And some of his critics believe that arrangment should be permanent.

“Just as convicted pedophiles aren’t allowed free access to children, anyone who is responsible for hanging, electrocuting, or shooting dogs and who causes them to suffer in other unimaginable ways should never again be allowed access to dogs,” said Lisa Lange, vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “All things considered, it is a very small price to pay, especially compared to the suffering endured by the dogs who were abused and killed in the Bad Newz Kennels.”


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


12 Responses to “Michael Vick wants a Dog—and the Humane Society is ready to give him one.”

  1. […] After a respectful and short debate with Waylon, this is the counter point to his article against Vick owning a dog. […]

  2. vandolet says:

    I think it is time to forgive Mike Vick but not forget the despicable things he has done. In the long run, Mike Vick will have done more positive for dogs than negative as his high profile case has shed light on a industry very few of us knew about prior to the case. Let the man have a dog and encourage him to continue his efforts against animal violence. He is currently the face of animal cruelty, but he also currently the biggest name of advocates for animal rights.

    It's the making of a beautiful turnaround that could inspire many who have done wrong, now realize it and want to make up for what they've done.

    Mike Fraietta

  3. elephantjournal says:

    Great point. So often horrible tragedy—in this case 70 dogs—becomes a great opportunity for many more to wake up. ~ Waylon

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Here's Jeff M's counterpoint: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/12/throw-a-vi

  5. guest says:

    didn't he do a bunch of PR stuff with the HSUS? I think he went to talk to inner-city kids about how he did wrong and to encourage them not to go down that path. That kind of info-coming from someone who grew up like them- is more valuable. Plus, because he publicly admitted doing wrong someone out that that admired him might think twice about going down that road.
    If he gets a dog, and shows others that animals are for loving, then wouldn't that be a good example?
    We don't make villains out of new vegans because they only now stopped killing animals for lunch. Micheal Vick is just an easy target, in my opinion.

  6. I like Mike's point. But, I'm curious…did Michael Vick himself ever actually hang, electrocute, torture, etc., any of these dogs? Or, did he own property where these horrible crimes occurred? I ask because a) I don't know, and b) because then drawing a parallel between Vick and a pedophile (who actually performs heinous acts against children), might become a bit tenuous.

  7. Kate says:

    @ Birdie: Yes he did personally execute some of the dogs and it was his property where these dogs were kept and where they fought.

  8. At the very least, Michael Vick has been punished for his acts of animal cruelty while millions of others who do so still roam free without any societal stigma.

  9. Travis May says:

    Do you have a source for that Kate? I searched a little, but didn't see anything about him personally doing it.

    There are people in this country who make a living inhumanely slaughtering animals. These people have murdered countless thousands of animals. If animal abuse is so important to the people who hate Michael Vick so much for what he did, where is the outrage at these other mass murderers?

  10. WOW!
    This is heartbreaking! In my opinion, animals are too defenseless to be put in a possible dangerous situation like that! Even though this man will need forgiveness one day, I don`t believe he should be allowed to have any more animals. If he wants to have animals in his life, he should go volunteer at animal shelters to take care of them under supervision! That would be the fair way for him to be in contact with animals again and a great way for him to heal!

  11. yogiclarebear says:

    I'm with you Jennifer. Forgiveness? YES! But testing Michael Vick's sincerity with defenseless animals? Not worth it. As you stated, there are other options to spend time with animals.

  12. Jeni says:

    There is a book that details the entire story. It's called The Lost Dogs and was written by a Sports Illustrated journalist.