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Russell Simmons, Al Sharpton, and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) president Ingrid Newkirk sent letters to all of Michael Vick’s endorsers after he was indicted stating the following on dog-fighting:
“The recent media spotlight on dog-fighting reminds us of society’s callous disregard for the suffering of animals and disrespect for sentient beings,” the trio wrote. “We hope that Mr. Vick is not a product of this insensitivity that runs through our society. . . . It does us little good to prosecute just those who are famous and allow people across the country to continue to commit these hideous crimes. Simmons, Sharpton and Newkirk “are hopeful that authorities will take the appropriate action against anyone found guilty of an atrocity as serious as dogfighting. Today, we sound a clarion call to all people: Stand up for what is right, and speak out against what is wrong,” the trio urged in the joint letter. “Dogfighting is unacceptable. Hurting animals for human pleasure or gain is despicable. Cruelty is just plain wrong.”
Although the acts in which Vick is being indicted are indeed inhumane (includes fatally hanging, drowning, and slamming dogs who perform poorly), do you feel that it was Russell Simmons’ and Al Sharpton’s place to bring this to the attention of Michael Vick’s sponsors? PETA, yes, but Blood Diamond Russ and Permed up Al need to fall back.