55 pit bulls were taken from NFL quarterback Michael Vick's property. It is estimated that there are thousands of canine death matches held each year in the United States.
Humane Societies, animal control agencies and police have all cooperated in raids on dogfighting. Seized dogs inevitably are euthanized. Carcases of dogs, bloody walls and flooring are common place at such matches. Dogs that lose their fight often are shot, electrocuted, or burned.
Update 7-20-07: Nike apparently agrees. They have apparently suspended the release of Vick's most recent signature shoe. Let's keep the protest rolling...
Why stick with Vick? In April, Vick failed to appear on Capitol Hill to lobby for increased funding for after-school programs as scheduled. Vick's publicist blamed it on playing in teammate Warrick Dunn's charity golf tournament, then missing a connecting flight. AirTran has an endorsement deal with Vick. AirTran admitted that the flight from Florida was late getting into Atlanta, causing him to miss his 8:35 p.m. connection, but Vick was booked on a 10:50 p.m. flight and he failed to show.
Vick had a chance to be Superman. He should have been the Michael Jordan of Football. Instead, he will forever in many minds be associated with animal cruelty.
Update 8-14-09: Vick having served his time in jail has been given a second chance by the NFL. Vick has signed to play for the Philadelphia Eagles for 1.6 million dollars this year. Next year he will receive in excess of 5 million dollars. Perhaps crime does not pay: but the NFL sure does!