Tonight at 10 pm EST, Animal Planet is running a special on the Michael Vick case, from the drug arrest that led to the discovery of the fighting ring, to what happened to the ~50 rescued dogs. I know there are lots of dog lovers who read ERV, so I wanted to give you all the heads up. I also suggest individuals with an irrational fear of pit bulls, or dogs in general watch, with the hope that viewing this program will save their respective souls. If you cant tune in, there are lots of great pics/videos/resources at the Animal Planet website.
A couple groups have gotten to review the show already, Animal Inventory Blog and BAD RAP blog. BAD RAP was/is the group in charge of the rescued pups, and theyre kinda pissed about a few things in the show:
The Bad: It was odd to see PETA and HSUS reps interviewed for this piece. Outside of voicing (and, still maintaining) condemnation for the victims alongside their much-criticized fundraising campaigns, Animal Planet didn’t seem to realize that these orgs were not players in the Vick case. Oh wait, we can’t forget about the efforts to rehabilitate the fighting machine himself. (Not included in the Animal Planet taping – thank dog.)
AAAAAAAARG!!!! WHY did Animal Planet interview PETA/HSUS??? PETA and HSUS want all pit bulls dead!!! WTF.
So I would like to point out, once again, that the Humane Society of the United States is NOT affiliated with the local ‘Humane Societies’ you know and love. HSUS is a front for animal terrorists organizations (ie ALF). They run no animal shelters, so where does all that money go? HMMM.
I also had to lol at the fact PETA wants all pit bulls dead (oh, and your dog too, rest assured), but tried to ‘rehabilitate‘ Michael Vick. Yeah, PETA, you can fuck off.
Ill edit this post tonight/tomorrow morning with my thoughts on the program
9:04– LOL! Im crying at the intro. I cant watch this. Ill tune in for the last 20 minutes, assuming thats when theyre going to talk about the pups.
10:04– Animal Planet interviewed John Goodwin. John-Animal-Liberation-Front-Goodwin. Angry……. angry………… Animal Planet will be getting an email from ERV. *blink* LOVED the PETA guy, though “Um… We protested?” Good for you, PETA guy. Good for you. And dont your little signs look neat!
There were waaaaay too many graphic shots. I dont need to see a puppy with his head ripped off. Or one with her throat being ripped out. Really appreciate those visuals, Animal Planet.
BAD RAP looked great, but I wish they, and the dogs, were featured more. AP could have cut out alllllll the underground videos of tortured dogs and spent that time on the rescued dogs. BAD RAP did a great job of getting ‘the message’ across: Pits arent death machines. They arent born to kill. Theyre just dogs.