Theres 2 ways a person can look at Mike Vick's prison sentence. It can be looked at as a triumph of the Justice System for putting away a sociopathic monster who brutally tortured and killed dozens of innocent dogs, and in doing so defended creatures who cannot speak out to defend themselves. Or, you can hold the assertion that the Justice System went completely overboard and sentenced a man to two years in prison for gambling and creulty to animals, and in doing so ruined a man's livliehood. Ill take the latter. 23 months for dog fighting is way too much, but the Justice System is not the only people at fault in this situation. The NFL is too. They were wrong to suspend Vick for this. Sure the judge gave him 23 months, but the end result here is that combined with the NFL's indefinite suspension cost Vick his livlihood. In the end Vick will have lost millions of dollars, all of his property, and his job. I defy anybody to tell me that anybody deserves to lose thier job and most of thier possessions over dog fighting.
Ok the man killed six to eight dog and operated an illegal enterprise, that does deserve some legal recourse, but nothing more than probation. A one day prison sentence is too much. Its dogfighting, thats it. Who cares? Did Vick really harm American society by having dogs fight each other? Is having two dogs fight any worse than shooting an innocent deer just for "sport"? And what kind of a sport is hunting anyway? How is hiding behind a bush and shooting a defenseless animal when it isnt looking a sport? If Vick loses everything over dogfighting, than every hunter in the US should suffer the same fate. What hunters do is more cowardly than what Vick did.
And shame on PETA, lining up in protest of Vick at Falcons training camp, and cheering the sentence. Shame on you for putting more value in the condition of a dogs existence than a human beings. Remeber this, animals do not know and do not care that you support thier rights. They are animals, they have no concept of what rights are, and kill each other for survival all the time. Why is it wrong for humans to kill and process animals for food and not for carnivores out in the wild?
When all is said and done, Vick could possibly be left with nothing. Yes he broke the law and should have been punished, but only with a fine and probation. Bad Newz Kennelz did not hurt and people, only dogs. Killing dogs should not warrant what punishments Vick, or anybody will endure. I really hope things turn out ok for Vick in the longrun, and actually hope he can find a spot in the NFL again. But after all of this he will have most likely missed four seasons and his comback is unlikely. If you can justify this please let me know why Vicks punishment is justifiable.