They let NFL star Michael Vick out of prison today, though he still has to serve two months of house arrest. The former Falcons quarterback has been in Leavenworth for 19 months after being found guilty of financing a dogfighting ring in 2007.
This was the highest-profile animal abuse case of modern times, so a lot of people have something to say about it. Our favorite is the statement from Center for Consumer Freedom, a conservative anti-regulation group (or as SourceWatch likes to call it, a “front group for the restaurant, alcohol and tobacco industries”). They say the real villain here is the Humane Society of the United States.
Apparently the animal protection group once pledged to “help”* Vick’s confiscated pit bulls in a fundraising pitch, but then advocated they be euthanized. “HSUS should return every cent” they got from the ad “and apologize for misleading the public,” says the CCF’s director of research. “If HSUS keeps the money it raised by promising it would care for Michael Vick’s dogs, the group is just as morally compromised as [Vick] is.”
Coming soon: The ASPCA says pets don’t mind being spayed — but they’re not telling you the whole story!
*Update: CCF supporters tells us in comments that in its pitch the Humane Society used the words “care for” rather than “help.” Which of course changes everything. Also, we misplaced a comma, and therefore have to resign in disgrace.