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Old 08-20-2007, 07:09 PM   #81
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He deserves life in prison.
Hardly

Life isn't even given to rapists or murderers like Leonard Little who is still in the league.

What he did was horrible, but it's not like he took a HUMAN life.......
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The NFL should impose a lifetime ban on him. Cruelty to animals is definitely a sign of a person missing a piece of their humanity especially in this case.
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lock him up and throw away the key
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He deserves:
  • Lifetime suspension from the NFL
  • 3-5 years in prison
  • An hour alone in a room with a pack of angry dogs

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Old 08-20-2007, 11:56 PM   #85
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What he did was horrible, but it's not like he took a HUMAN life.......
Yeah instead he took over 15 dog's

wtf?


His lawyers are pushing 12-18 months, but I hope the judge gives him 5 years..He had it all, a lot of money, respect, and a great career..insdtead he throws it away...

what a fucking dumbass.
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Old 08-20-2007, 11:59 PM   #86
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Also like to say he should spend a lot of money towars PETA and help out a lot during animal shelters..

I dont think he'll get a big suspension from the nfl at all, but no teams are going to take him, no way after what he did..
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Also like to say he should spend a lot of money towars PETA and help out a lot during animal shelters..

HSUS or the SPCA might be a better choice. PETA seeks to kill all pit bulls.
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Yeah instead he took over 15 dog's

wtf?


So 15 dogs > 1 human ??

Look, I'm not saying what he did wasn't horrendous, btu it could be a thousand dogs and it still doesn't equate to Leonard Little killing a Loving Wife/Mother to a family while drunk behind the wheel and then having the audacity to busted for DUI AGAIN and STILL be playing in the NFL, if that were you or I we'd STILL be behind bars.
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The NFL should impose a lifetime ban on him. Cruelty to animals is definitely a sign of a person missing a piece of their humanity especially in this case.
In my opinion anyone who could do such horrific things to animals could very easily do the same or worse to humans. Research on serial killers has proven the connection.

No doubt about it that the NFL doesn't seem to take violence against women as seriously, for one example. But that is still no excuse for not taking serious action in his case. Animals can't even attempt to defend themselves. Humanity is judged by how we treat the defenseless, be they human or animal. And by how we punish those who mistreat them.
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Humanity is judged by how we treat the defenseless, be they human or animal. And by how we punish those who mistreat them.
Yes. Thank you. The whole "it's not like it was a person he killed" attitude is crap. Cruelty is cruelty is cruelty.
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I don't get the people who want him to work in a humane society or other shelter. Why would you want to do that to the animals there? Do you really think he's not going to be cruel to the animals where he deals with them? I can maybe see making him do some of the more nasty grunt work when there are no animals around, but personally I don't think he should be allowed to have anything at all to do with animals again.
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Humanity is judged by how we treat the defenseless, be they human or animal. And by how we punish those who mistreat them.
I really agree with that.

This guy's career is pretty much dead, ban or no ban. He should voluntarily retire before he meets up with a player who really adores dogs.

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What he did was horrible, but it's not like he took a HUMAN life.......
Why do they even have to be compared? No, dogs, pets, and animals aren't human. They're on a different level, but it's still critical to deal with all creatures in a respectful way. We eat animals, hunt them, and utilize them in our diets, but most of this is done with the intent to further humankind.

Abject cruelty is another matter entirely. As others have said, it strips humanity, and reduces our relationship with animals to something hateful. That's something that needs to be addressed.

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I don't get the people who want him to work in a humane society or other shelter. Why would you want to do that to the animals there? Do you really think he's not going to be cruel to the animals where he deals with them? I can maybe see making him do some of the more nasty grunt work when there are no animals around, but personally I don't think he should be allowed to have anything at all to do with animals again.
He needs some sort of cognitive therapy before that. A breakthrough of some kind. Maybe he was beaten as a child...who knows? He's got major issues.
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I don't get the people who want him to work in a humane society or other shelter. Why would you want to do that to the animals there? Do you really think he's not going to be cruel to the animals where he deals with them? I can maybe see making him do some of the more nasty grunt work when there are no animals around, but personally I don't think he should be allowed to have anything at all to do with animals again.
I don't know, I think being in a setting where he has to learn how to care for animals might change his perspective. Whereas, where he used to abuse the animals themselves and be done with them, if he worked with the spca he'd HAVE to care for an animal that has been abused. He might even grow attached to one after having to care for it. I think doing something where he is supposed to help animals who may end up there because of other cruel people just like him might make him rethink himself and the way he treats animals.
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I don't know, I think being in a setting where he has to learn how to care for animals might change his perspective. Whereas, where he used to abuse the animals themselves and be done with them, if he worked with the spca he'd HAVE to care for an animal that has been abused. He might even grow attached to one after having to care for it. I think doing something where he is supposed to help animals who may end up there because of other cruel people just like him might make him rethink himself and the way he treats animals.
I don't see it that way. I see it more akin (but obviously to a much lesser degree) to making a rapist work in a rape crisis center. Or a child abuser in a daycare center. The very thought of that makes me want to puke. You don't think he knew what he was doing was cruel? I believe people who do that know full well what they are doing -- they just get off on it. He can change if he wants to, but no way should an already abused or neglected animal have to be his guinea pig.
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I'm sure he knew what he was doing was wrong. But at the same time, what enabled him to do such horrid things was that he doesn't care about these animals. I dunno...I just thought that if he HAD to take care of them he'd change his perspective. Instead of getting paid to torture them, he'd get paid to take care of them.

I see your point. But I'm also naive and hopelessly idealistic when it comes to giving people second chances. I know it is probably irrational, but it seemed like a good idea to me.

It's not like he'd be trusted to be completely alone with these animals. Of course he'd be under supervision. At least, that is how I saw it.
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Why do they even have to be compared? No, dogs, pets, and animals aren't human. They're on a different level, but it's still critical to deal with all creatures in a respectful way. We eat animals, hunt them, and utilize them in our diets, but most of this is done with the intent to further humankind.

Abject cruelty is another matter entirely. As others have said, it strips humanity, and reduces our relationship with animals to something hateful. That's something that needs to be addressed.

Why ? Because like it or not, the impact of cruelty to animals is not the same as th eimpact on cruelty to humans. There ARE orders of magnitude at work here. Taking a human life in my book is orders of magnitude worse.

Using your logic and taking it a step further, swatting a fly, spraying ants, stepping on a spider who isn't hurting anyone except your aesthetic or getting your house tented are acts of cruelty also.

I hope Vick goes to jail, for a long time. I just think it's a travesty that the NFL takes this more seriously than they did Leonard Little or Lawrence Phillips.
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I don't know, I think being in a setting where he has to learn how to care for animals might change his perspective. Whereas, where he used to abuse the animals themselves and be done with them, if he worked with the spca he'd HAVE to care for an animal that has been abused. He might even grow attached to one after having to care for it. I think doing something where he is supposed to help animals who may end up there because of other cruel people just like him might make him rethink himself and the way he treats animals.
Exactly...he needs to form some form of emotional attachment. Maybe he's actually closer to that than he's shown.

I could be suffering from naivety, but I believe everyone has the possibility of realizing where they've gone wrong. Who knows what events transpired to turn him into the 'ugly' human the world sees? I'm not an expert, but I'm sure in many cases such acts are the results of repeated patterns of behavior--if not practiced, then witnessed. For example, maybe as a child, he grew up in an environment where animal abuse was accepted as 'normal.' That would never excuse him, of course, but it would help us understand him, and others like him.

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I see your point. But I'm also naive and hopelessly idealistic when it comes to giving people second chances. I know it is probably irrational, but it seemed like a good idea to me.
I had my reply typed before I read your comment above...great minds. Or naive minds.
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Why ? Because like it or not, the impact of cruelty to animals is not the same as th eimpact on cruelty to humans. There ARE orders of magnitude at work here. Taking a human life in my book is orders of magnitude worse.

Using your logic and taking it a step further, swatting a fly, spraying ants, stepping on a spider who isn't hurting anyone except your aesthetic or getting your house tented are acts of cruelty also.
You seem bent on drawing black & white dividing lines, which I don't think is possible. 'Just a dog, not a human...therefore five years jail-time.' I'm not using that line of thinking at all. That simply diminishes what he's done, and the ramifications for further cruelty. The lines are blurred, and someone who commits this type of crime definitely has the potential to be hateful and hurtful to other humans.

Insects? That's an easy one. Or easier. For the most part, we only hunt insects down for a good squishing when they pose a direct or perceived threat to our health, safety, or happiness. There's a HUGE difference in that kind of reactionary, impulse behaviour and deliberately tracking down an innocent animal for slaughter.
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You seem bent on drawing black & white dividing lines, which I don't think is possible. 'Just a dog, not a human...therefore five years jail-time.' I'm not using that line of thinking at all. That simply diminishes what he's done, and the ramifications for further cruelty. The lines are blurred, and someone who commits this type of crime definitely has the potential to be hateful and hurtful to other humans.

Insects? That's an easy one. Or easier. For the most part, we only hunt insects down for a good squishing when they pose a direct or perceived threat to our health, safety, or happiness. There's a HUGE difference in that kind of reactionary, impulse behaviour and deliberately tracking down an innocent animal for slaughter.
We can agree to disagree here

I see what Vick has done as cruel and despicable, but it's all relative and what the likes of Little has done is infintely worse. I guess our barometers just have different scales.

As for the "potential" to harm a human, well, minority Report was a great movie, but pre-crime isn't quite here yet. You can't jail him longer on potential.
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