HSUS just got their latest law passed in CA, where those convicted of misdemeanors for animal abuse/negligence cannot own animals for 5 years, and for felony convictions, no ownership of animals for 10 years.
Michael Vick, who HSUS claimed would be a good pet owner, and who HSUS lobbied for, claiming that Vick should be a role model for inner city youth — is in fact, a convicted felon on what we presume was dog fighting or torture charges.
Vick’s former house is now owned by the AR group dogs Deserve Better, which says you can’t chain a dog and whose leader was convicted of theft when she took a dog off a tether/chain (and refused to return it.) How much do you want to bet that an HSUS friend helped DDB get the Vick compound property?
In any event, while we certainly are not in favor of dogfighters owning dogs, HSUS stated when Vick was arrested, that all of Vick’s dogs should be summarily killed.
Then other groups intervened to try and have some of the dogs rehabilitated, which they subsequently were…. then HSUS decided to “help” Vick after he got out of jail and had him working for HSUS or acting in some capacity with HSUS’ program with kids and dogs. Do we really think a convicted dog fighter should be teaching kids about dogs? Most reasonable people do not believe it was or is, a good idea.
Do we now see HSUS running forward to tell Vick he should not own a dog for 10 years, since it was HSUS that drafted the law and finally passed it this year in CA? And that same law says even if one is acquitted by the court, one doesn’t necessarily get the animal(s) back because one may be forced to PROVE one has the legal ability to take care of the animal? This law was not opposed by most groups because the majority of welfare groups are now AR groups, who all sided with it.
According to the Examiner article, per TMZ, Vick stated:
“I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet. As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family. This is an opportunity to break the cycle. To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change.” Does that not sound EXACTLY like something out of an HSUS playbook??!
We think we’re going to barf.