Vick Case Exposes Rift Among Animal-Rights Advocates

The lingering image of Michael Vick’s dogfighting case last summer was the daily courthouse appearance by members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

PETA.

They were noisy and angry in their denunciation, insisting that Vick, the fallen multimillion dollar quarterback, be punished for his role in illegal dogfighting and subsequent cruelty to animals.

He was certainly punished. Vick is serving a 23-month federal sentence for criminal conspiracy resulting from felonious dogfighting.

But there remains a widening divide still simmering within the animal-rights community over the treatment of abused, high-risk animals. The friction boils down to a matter of life and death. PETA generally advocates euthanizing rescued fighting dogs, while other groups lean toward rehabilitation.

The public disagreement is eye-opening for those of us who assumed animal-rights and animal-welfare groups were all on the same page. After talking to both camps, this much is clear:

They all love the animals, but can’t seem to get along with each other.

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For more animal-esque music, news, and issues, tune in to Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo online at www.thecapstone.ua.edu, Sunday nights 8-10 central.

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