Hey PETA, Vick's an Animal, Too

Disgraced QB paid his price, deserves a second chance
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2009 11:11 AM CDT
This is a Dec. 2006 file photo showing Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick throwing a pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of an NFL football game in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)
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(Newser) – What Michael Vick did was pretty reprehensible, but he deserves a second chance anyway, writes Raina Kelley of Newsweek, simply because he’s paid the price for his misdeeds. “He lost his freedom, his job, his worldly possessions, his good name, and the esteem of his fellow players. I don’t know about your tolerance for pain, but that seems like an apt punishment to me.”

But some seem to believe that no punishment is good enough. Like PETA, which backed out of a TV spot with Vick while speculating that he was likely a mentally ill “psychopath,” incapable of remorse and prone to recidivism. “PETA has shown itself incapable of the empathy and forgiveness toward humans that it so readily gives to animals,” Kelley argues. “In fact, it seems to have completely forgotten that humans are animals, too.”