Compared to animal lovers, elephants’ memories are short.
It’s football season and every time the Philadelphia Eagles play, the social media sites flare up with reminders of the past sins of quarterback Michael Vick. It appears to some that the macho mindset of many sports fans can forgive anything in the name of a win. But animal lovers are not about to let them go gently into that dark end zone, and the file pictures of Vick’s ripped up dogs again pop up everywhere to horrify us. The problem with this is that it affects the wrong people; the ones who care can’t bear to look, the ones who can look don’t care.
So the question is: just how productive is it to keep reminding football fans of Vick’s sins and urging them to hate him?
The answer: Probably not very.
Instead, what about putting a more productive spin on it and, on any day the Eagles play, having nationwide rallies to actually make a difference rather than just vent? Yes, you could still reference Vick as a horrible example of a “man” and a really rotten role model for young football-crazy boys, but what about also holding up some great examples of the Real Men Are Kind to Animals type?
As the old song says, how ‘bout we “Acc-cen-tu-ate the Pos-i-tive?”
On the day of every Eagles game, let’s go on social networks to
- Tout the GOOD things being done for animals by GOOD men
- Provide links to sites with true information on the bully breeds
- Update information on the rescued and reformed dogs that had been forced to fight
- Publicize the numbers people can use to report suspected dog fighting
- Again seek support for MSU law prof David Favre's quest for legislation designating animals as “living property” to put more teeth in the anti-cruelty laws.
Vilifying the villain accomplished little; let’s actually go for a win for the animals every time Vick is on the field.