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Memo to Ellen: In ¼ of the World People Eat Dogs

October 20, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
October 20, 2007

Poverty. Homelessness. Disease. Death. War. Genocide. I can think of a lot of reasons to shed tears over the cruelty, injustice and violence of the world.

A repossessed dog doesn’t move me to tears.

In America “dog food” refers to something one feeds to a dog.  In other lands, the dog is people food.

The wealthiest nation and people on the face of the earth spend far too much time, effort and money in nail shops, hair salons and on Starbucks coffee. But what we Americans spend on our four legged buddies is staggering.

The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) confirms the full scope of American “pet prowess.” For starters, few other nations even have a pet products association.

According to the APPMA, pet spending has more than doubled in America from $17 billion in 1994 to an estimated $38.4 billion in 2006.

In 2006, American spending on pets was higher than ever:
–$15.2 billion for food
–$9.3 billion for supplies and over-the-counter medications
–$9.4 billion for veterinarian care
–$1.8 billion for live animal purchases
–$2.7 billion for other services

Many elderly folks now have their pet medications delivered right to their door.

Here are some additional facts from the APPMA:
–Total pet spending in America during 2005 was larger than projected with total sales coming in at $36.3 billion.
–Both veterinary care and other services had stronger than anticipated performances in 2005.
–New and expanded veterinary services such as joint replacement surgeries, delicate eye procedures, and senior health care helped increase total spending by almost 8 percent over 2004.

Other innovative new services continue to increase market penetration with pet spas and hotels, grooming, pet therapy and related services.

Hey, in China, dogs are people food.

“Both of these segments should maintain strong performances this year as pet ownership continues to increase especially among key demographic sectors including baby boomers and young professional couples,” said Bob Vetere, President of APPMA.
–Growth in the pet food sector performed as forecasted at 3.5 percent over 2004. “It is interesting to note that food continues to show growth not only in the expected high-end areas with vitamin fortified formulas, gourmet lines and natural/organic food but with the value-priced portion of the segment as well,” said Bob Vetere.

This has been a banner year for American dogs. Michael “Vick Dog” Vick, who raised animal cruelty to new heights, prompted the news media to shed light upon the cruel and abusive world of dog fighting. In a way, “Vick Dog,” though an unexpected bit of serendipity, helped publicize the dark world of dog fighting — and maybe this will in the long run make this evel practice obsolete.

For the past several days some Americans have been immersed in Ellen’s dog tragedy.

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried said, “And we wasted so much time on the World Trade Center!”

Gilbert Gottfried

We recommend, if people really want to open their hearts and their wallets, that there are plenty of good causes that help people around the globe. And people are worth crying over sometimes.

Dogs: Not.

Note to Ellen: at the American chicken restaurant “Chic-fil-A,” the motto is “Eat more Chicken.”  In some parts of the world, they gladly say, “Eat more dog.”

Related:
Dog Rights in America versus Human Rights in Vietnam

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Vick must repay $20 million from bonus

October 10, 2007

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Falcons are entitled to recover nearly $20 million in bonus money paid to disgraced quarterback Michael Vick, an arbitrator ruled Tuesday. The players’ union vowed to appeal.

Stephen B. Burbank, a University of Pennsylvania law professor and special master who led last week’s arbitration hearing, sided with the team after hearing from Falcons president and general manager Rich McKay and attorneys from the NFL Players Association, which represented Vick.

The Falcons argued that Vick, who pleaded guilty to federal charges for his role in a long-running dogfighting operation, knew he was in violation of the contract when he signed a $130 million deal in December 2004.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick grimaces on the sideline after being helped off the field during the second half of a football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in this Dec. 31, 2006 file photo in Philadelphia. The Falcons are entitled to recover nearly US$20 million in bonus money paid to Vick, an arbitrator ruled Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)

AP Photo: Atlanta Falcons
(former) starting QB Michael
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NFL’s tale of two Michaels

September 6, 2007

NFL: Beat your dog, sit out the season.  Beat your wife and you still play.

Editorial
USA Today
September 6, 2007

Even people who aren’t football fans have heard about Michael Vick, the star quarterback whose abuse of pit bulls led to a guilty plea on federal dogfighting charges, drew public vilification and spurred an indefinite suspension from the NFL.

Far fewer people have heard of Michael Pittman, another NFL player accused of violence.

In May 2003, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back was arrested on charges of ramming his Hummer into a car driven by his wife and carrying their 2-year-old child and a babysitter. It was the fourth time the 6-foot, 228-pound player was accused of domestic violence. Even so, Pittman played the 2003 season.

Vick Lawyers Working Plea Deal

August 17, 2007

By LARRY O’DELL, Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. – Michael Vick and his attorneys were still negotiating with federal prosecutors Thursday, hoping to strike a deal on a plea agreement, according to a lawyer familiar with the case.
The Atlanta Falcons star quarterback pleaded not guilty to dogfighting conspiracy charges last month. But since then, one of his co-defendants has changed his plea to guilty and agreed to testify against Vick, and two others are scheduled to do likewise Friday.

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Tell Kids Who Idolize Sports Stars: Michael Vick’s Empire Crashing to Earth

July 28, 2007

By John E. Carey
July 27, 2007

In keeping with great “street names,” often earned, like “Snoop Dog,” some are now calling Mister Michael Vick “Vick-Dog.”

The Virginia Tech and Atlanta Falcons great is now the brunt of pooch nicknames and was loudly booed and jeered as he entered the courtroom this week.

Millions of kids idolize sports stars. I grew up watching Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown before the Super Bowl was even invented: only to see him accused of various forms of mischief and mayhem off the field later on.

What I took away from that Jim Brown experience was this: these sports starts are just guys.

But unfortunately, part of what makes some of these super-athletes tick is a testosterone fueled anger, maybe even rage, that often translates not just into terrific performance on the field but often becomes some really ugly performance (or performances) elsewhere.

Mister Michael Vick is the latest example. Despite millions of dollars in pay and endorsements, an entire city waiting for him to deliver the Super Bowl to Atlanta, a Mother with the highest expectations imaginable, and teammates relying on his cool and skills; he threw it all away pursuing something that any towel boy could have told him would enrage more than nine-tenths of the American public against him.

Today Nike suspended its lucrative contract with Michael Vick. The other shoe fell, as it were. Nike is suspending Vick’s endorsement deal without pay. Michael will no longer be paid as a Nike endorser because his contract has a clause requiring a certain decorum of behavior. Any towel boy probably knew that too.

Vick’s likeness is also being pulled from a trading card company’s line, which will cost him some more money. And Reebok took the unprecedented step of stopping sales of his No. 7 jersey.

“Nike is concerned by the serious and highly disturbing allegations made against Michael Vick, and we consider any cruelty to animals inhumane and abhorrent,” Nike spokesman Dean Stoyer said in a statement.

Mister Vick, and three friends, were accused in federal court yesterday of sponsoring a gruesome operation that often shot, hanged, drowned or electrocuted losing dogs.

Mister Vick pleaded not guilty yesterday. But the secrecy of his dogfighting operation and his bald-faced lie when first confronted with the facts by a TV news crew (“The only dog I own is a poodle.”) tells us this: he knew what the towel boy knew. More than nine-tenths of mankind would condemn his conduct and his endorsement deals would be flushed, by his own hand, down the toilet.

Despite the lack of a trial or conviction, Mister Vick is now “persona non grata” in the NFL and in many other venues: including the corporate offices of Nike, Reebok and a certain trading card company.

Mister Vick is now the poster child of stupidity, grossly malicious and inhumane behavior and shame.

Tell your kid who idolizes sports stars.

This is what happens when you head the wrong way out the locker room door. Sometimes you can never get back into the locker room again.

Related:

The many sides of Michael Vick, AKA “Vick-Dog”

“Vick-Dog” Probably Running an “Out Pattern;” Entered Plea of “Not Guilty”

“Vick-Dog” Indictment Includes Street Names; Pleas this Afternoon

“Pet Prowess” in America; Michael Vick to Coach at University of Beijing

Falcons Eyed Ban on “Vick-Dog;” NFL Put Owner on Leash

Dog Rights in America versus Human Rights in Vietnam

“Vick-Dog” Probably Running an “Out Pattern;” Entered Plea of “Not Guilty”

July 26, 2007

By John E. Carey
July 26, 2007

The Atlanta Falcons opened their football camp today, but Michael Vick was at a courthouse in Richmond, Va.

Vick arrived amid boos and pleaded not guilty during a reportedly uneventful and “not memorable” few minute hearing.

The trial in the “Vick-Dog” and friends dogfighting and conspiracy case; with federal crimes allegedly commited across state lines, a violation of the “Travel Act,” is set to begin Nov. 26.

Vick is charged along with three of his friends.

The other three men charged, according to the federal prosecutor’s indictment documents, are Purnell A. Peace, also known as “P-Funk” and “Funk,”  Quanis L. Phillips, also known as “Q,” Tony Taylor, also known as “T.”

The documents list the nickname of “Ookie”for Mr. Vick.

The four either face up to five years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 if convicted on the Travel Act violation, a felony, or one year in prison and up to $100,000 in fines if convicted on the charge of using a dog in a fighting venture.

Today Mr. Vick was released without bond.

According to football people we reached, “this probably means Michael is out for this season.  He’s running an ‘out pattern’ and he’s fighting for his name and his freedom now.”

Vick was jeered by a crowd as he went into court. He and three others entered their pleas in U.S. District Court to conspiracy charges involving competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting, and conducting the enterprise across state lines.

Mr. Vick’s lawyer, Billy Martin, read the following statement in behalf of his client:

“I take these charges very seriously and look forward to clearing my good name.  I respectfully ask all of you to hold your judgment until all of the facts are shown. Above all, I would like to say to my mom I’m sorry for what she has had to go through in this most trying of times. It has caused pain to my family and I apologize to my family.”

Related:

“Vick-Dog” Indictment Includes Street Names; Pleas this Afternoon

Falcons Eyed Ban on “Vick-Dog;” NFL Put Owner on Leash

Michael Vick-Dog; Dead Meat For Practice, Season?

NFL-er gone to the dogs?

Vick Dogfighting Charges Stir Stinging Reaction

“Pet Prowess” in America; Michael Vick to Coach at University of Beijing

Inside The Dog Fighting Underworld

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What is the “Travel Act”?

The Travel Act was passed in the  early 1960’s while Robert Kennedy was Attorney General.  The Act was in response to organized crime activity and Kennedy’s efforts to end it. The Act was intended to assist state and local authorities with limited resources in their efforts to combat organized crime. The Act provides that any individual who travels in interstate or foreign commerce or uses the mail or any facility in interstate or foreign commerce with the intent to:

  • Distribute the proceeds of any unlawful activity.
  • Commit a violent crime to further criminal activity.
  • Promote, manage, establish, carry on, or facilitate the promotion, management, establishment, or carrying on of any criminal activity.

may be guilty of violating the Travel Act.

Unlawful activity includes:

  • Extortion.
  • Bribery.
  • Arson.
  • Illegal gambling.
  • Illegal liquor offenses.
  • Narcotics.
  • Controlled substances.
  • Prostitution.
  • Tax evasion.

The Act is violated by movement in or use of interstate commerce with the intent of committing, furthering, or distributing proceeds of the above-listed series offenses.

Source:

The G. Green Law Practice, PLLC
http://www.geraldgreenlaw.com/article.jsp?practArea=38&articleIndex=4

“Vick-Dog” Indictment Includes Street Names; Pleas this Afternoon

July 26, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
July 26, 2007

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (known here at Peace and Freedom, and not fondly, as “Vick-Dog”) is expected to enter a plea of not guilty to charges of conspiracy and operating an illegal dogfighting business across state lines.  His plea must be made at a hearing this afternoon.

One would expect that the lawyer representing “Vick-Dog” has him on a tight leash. Court watchers and lawyers we spoke to said it would be a huge mistake for “Vick-Dog” to appear late, as Paris Hilton recently did in court, or to make any utterance other than his plea.

A lawyer who specializes in cases of VIPs asked not to be identified before he offered this advice: “This is ‘How do you plead?’ day; and the only appropriate answer is ‘not guilty’ or ‘guilty.’  Extra words will certainly earn the wrath of the judge and perhaps a charge of contempt and some jail time.  Open your mouth more than necessary today and it turns into ‘My Cousin Vinny.'”

The indictment of “Vick Dog” and his friends starts humorously because of the nicknames included by federal prosecutors.

“United States of America v. PURNELL A . PEACE , also known as “P-Funk” and “Funk,” QUANIS L. PHILLIPS , also known as “Q,” TONY TAYLOR , also known as “T,” and MICHAEL VICK , also known as “Ookie,” Defendants. ” 

Of course to us, Michael is “Vick-Dog” and not the more familiar “Ookie.”

After that humorous begining, the federal indictment against Vick and his friends is positively frightful and disgusting.

Federal prosecutors allege the dogfighting operation — known as Bad Newz Kennels — operated on Vick’s property in rural Surry County, Virginia.

The grisly allegations detailed in an 18-page indictment sparked protests by animal rights groups at the headquarters of the NFL and the Falcons, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has barred Vick from training camp while the league investigates.

More after the judge hold the hearing and has the pleas.

Related:

“Vick-Dog” Probably Running an “Out Pattern;” Entered Plea of “Not Guilty”
(From the late afternoon, July 26, 2007)

Falcons Eyed Ban on “Vick-Dog;” NFL Put Owner on Leash

July 24, 2007

ATLANTA, United States (AFP) – Calling the dogfighting charges against Michael Vick horrific and repulsive, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said on Tuesday he was ready to suspend his star quarterback for four games.

Vick was instead ordered on Monday by National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell not to report to the team’s training camp this Thursday, when he will be arraigned in a Virginia federal court on dogfight scheme charges.

“There are …

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Michael Vick-Dog; Dead Meat For Practice, Season?

Michael Vick-Dog; Dead Meat For Practice, Season?

July 24, 2007

By GEORGE HENRY, Associated Press

ATLANTA – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has weighed in on Michael Vick’s indictment on dogfighting charges, and as a result the Falcons star was ordered to stay away from training camp until the league reviews the case.

The other men who could determine the future of Vick’s football career — including Falcons owner Arthur Blank — were expected to be speak publicly Tuesday for the first time since the troubled quarterback was indicted.

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Related:

As of 2200 GMT July 25, 2007:
Falcons Eyed Ban on “Vick-Dog;” NFL Put Owner on Leash

Dog Rights in America versus Human Rights in Vietnam

“Pet Prowess” in America; Michael Vick to Coach at University of Beijing

Inside The Dog Fighting Underworld

NFL-er gone to the dogs?

July 23, 2007

By Gwen Knapp
The San Francisco Chronicle
and the Washington Times
July 23, 2007

When Hurricane Katrina stranded helpless, starving pets throughout the Gulf Coast, a stream of sympathetic visitors to the Humane Society’s Web site didn’t cause a collapse. When horrific stories revealed that parka trim from China contained the fur of murdered cats and dogs, the server held up. But the day after a federal grand jury returned a dogfighting indictment against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, the system was overwhelmed by people ….

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Related:
Inside The Dog Fighting Underworld

“Pet Prowess” in America; Michael Vick to Coach at University of Beijing
Vick on the cover of ESPN The Magazine

Vick on the cover
of ESPN The Magazine.