By Jennifer Yu
In April 2007, Atlanta Falcons superstar quarterback Michael Vick was charged with competitive dog fighting, and owning and conducting a dog fighting ring in his southeastern Virginia home. In December 2007, Vick was convicted.
Vick bought a house in 2001 to serve as the main house for dog fights and training pitbulls. He and three other scumbags started “Bad Newz Kennels,” breeding and training hundreds of pitbulls to fight. They viciously let the dogs fight each other as anyone with $50,000 bet on them. Dogs that were unable to perform were electrocuted, hanged, drowned, or shot.
Many people have protested and fought after the Michael Vick scandal. But I wonder, are we being hypocritical by doing so?
Each year, 10 billion land animals are slaughtered and killed for food. The animals we use for food, such as pigs and cows, suffer the same as the dogs that were abused.
Eating animal meat is not a necessity. People choose to eat meat just as people choose to abuse dogs.
We cause pain, suffering, and death to billions of animals, all because we enjoy eating their flesh and the products that come from them. This sounds oddly like how Michael Vick used dog fighting as entertainment.
Most people think that eating meat and slaughtering cows or any other land animals might be natural, a thing you must do in order for humans to get proper nutrients. But humans can always find protein and vitamins in other foods.
When we see a dog getting abused and hurt, we think of it as inhumane and repulsive. I find it strange that we don’t see it like that for cows, too. ♦
Jennifer Yu can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(The stories in this issue are written by SYLP students, not Northwest Asian Weekly staff. Opinions herein do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of the newspaper.)