As you know, I have since 2007 been wondering about why anyone thinks that Michael Vick is any worse than anyone else who consumes or uses animal products. (See 1, 2, 3)
In any event, Vick was released from prison in May, 2009, and on July 27, 2009, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell conditionally reinstated Vick. The Philadelphia Eagles have given Vick a one-year deal with an option for a second year.
Judging from media reports and blog essays, many animal advocates are outraged and some advocates are calling for a boycott of the NFL
In this Commentary, I explain why I think the Michael Vick matter is not really about Michael Vick or dog fighting. It is about fundamental moral principles that we claim as a society to accept.
Gary L. Francione
© 2009 Gary L. Francione
A Note About Michael Vick
The Santería Case: Michael Vick, Part 2
Truthout.org: Thinking About Mitt Romney and Seamus, Michael Vick and Dog Fighting, and Eating Animals
Mary Bale, Michael Vick, and Moral Schizophrenia
Moral Schizophrenia: Alastair Graham, the “Michael Vick” of Scotland