August 23, 2007

The latest Mike Vick defense: "We all do it"

So says Gary L. Francione in today's Philadelphia Daily News. Now, you might be saying, "Huh? I don't treat dogs like Vick! I LOVE my dog! I love ALL animals!" But Francione has a beef (pardon the pun) with people who eat meat and other animal products period:

There is something bizarre about condemning Michael Vick for using dogs in a hideous form of entertainment when 99 percent of us also use animals that are every bit as sentient as dogs in another hideous form of entertainment that is no more justifiable than fighting dogs: eating animals and animal products.

There is something bizarre about Reebok and Nike, which use leather in their shoes, suspending products endorsed by Vick. They're not going to allow a guy who allegedly tortures dogs to endorse products that contain tortured cows.

Gar goes on to cite a character from one of his books called "Simon the Sadist" who gets off on blowtorching dogs. He then asks us "How are those of us who eat animal flesh and animal products any different from Simon? He enjoys blowtorching dogs - we enjoy the taste of flesh and animal products."

Yeah, OK. While there has been an unflattering history in the slaughterhouse industry, astonishing changes have taken place over the last few decades. Francione also claims that "there is no 'need' for us to eat meat, dairy or eggs." I trust he might have a seizure if he reads this. But the obvious is that Gary is being puerile for equating the purposeful heinous torture of a domesticated (and intelligent) animal that people utilize as a member of their family with chickens and steer that have been used as food animals for centuries.

Posted by Felix at August 23, 2007 09:35 AM | TrackBack

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Uh, we kill cows. We don't torture them. Nuff said, the guy is an idiot.

Posted by: Alan Coffey at August 23, 2007 10:57 AM

Sorry...I don't know this guy Francione but reeks to me of a sports fanatic afraid of a "hero" going down in flames. Which, come to think of it...maybe Vicks should do. But let's give him some companions along the way such as Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Ritchie, Paris Hilton and their ilk. "Heroes" all.

Posted by: Nancy Cleveland at August 23, 2007 11:28 PM

"...being puerile for equating the purposeful heinous torture of a domesticated (and intelligent) animal that people utilize as a member of their family with chickens and steer that have been used as food animals for centuries."

If he really wants to go the way of failing to discriminate between species based on level of intelligence and the like then he should be for the rights of rectal parasites, not to mention the fact that his body naturally discriminates the difference between numerous organisms.

Obviously we use our own intelligence and "common sense" to judge an animal based on their own... and there's nothing necessarily evil about that. You have to wonder what a guy like that ultimately believes because if the Darwinian notion of a struggle for life were true there couldn't be much wrong with the way one animal treated another.

Posted by: mynym at August 23, 2007 11:39 PM

Indeed. Though the one thing that I can legitimately equate with this is supporting (with fur purchases) the torture and (eventual) slaughter of dogs and cats in China and other ass backward countries, whose fur ends up in coats.

I would advise folks to take a look at some of the video out there, but I can't really wish that on anyone. I wish I hadn't seen it myself.

Posted by: dan at August 24, 2007 02:25 PM