Monday, August 20, 2007

Today's Winning T-Shirt Design

A colleague at work who owns a pit bull, and who's been involved in pit bull rescue, was wearing this today. She has an entire set of anti-Vick t-shirts. You can see a lot of them here.

I know I should be praying for Vick and for everybody else who mistreats animals. I find this very, very difficult. I know someone who tortured animals as a child, and who's grown up to be the kind of person whose favorite vacation is building houses for people living in muddy cardboard boxes in the Caribbean. (Even more miraculously, I believe this transformation occurred without any psychiatric help.) I know that redemption is possible for everybody, and that God loves Michael Vick as much as She loves any of the rest of us, as much as He loves the pit bulls themselves.

But it's intellectual knowledge. I'm having trouble feeling it, if you know what I mean.

Lord, let Michael Vick be healed somehow: but please, please, don't let him keep his job with the NFL!


  1. Anonymous1:54 PM

    Am I missing something? You have a vice president who cheerfully admits to having obstructed the investigation of the biggest theft of all time, and yet you want a man who has not yet been convicted of any crime (yet) to lose his job as well as any sentence that may come down from the court, his job having nothing whatsoever to do with the crime and involving no more dishonesty than the usual saying 'I didn't do it'.

    Were you convicted of cruelty to your cats (impossible though that might be) would you expect to lose your teaching post? Because that is your logic.

    And, no, I am not in favour of dog fighting, hunting with hounds, fishing, the shooting of songbirds, bull fighting or any of the many other monstrosities we 'animal lovers' inflict on the creatures placed in our stewardship.


  2. Martyn --

    He's pleaded guilty, and as I understand it, the fact that he was involved in illegal gambling should cost him his job under NFL regulations (quite aside from the cruelty involved).

    And for whatever it's worth, I'm no fan of our current political administration either. There are many things of which I'm not a fan that I didn't mention in this post, because this post was about Vicks.

  3. P.S. And I have nothing against fishing, if people are fishing for food and doing so responsibly. I'm not a vegetarian, but I do believe that all animals (even the ones we eat) should be treated as kindly as possible.

    The sixty-some-odd pit bulls seized from Bad Newz Kennels -- quite aside from those allegedly killed by Vick for underperformance -- will probably have to be euthanized, because they've been raised as aggressive fighters. That's a far cry from catching a flounder and frying it up for a nice supper.

  4. Hi,

    This Press Release is in memory of the animals tortured and slaughtered in dog fighting. As personally satisfying as it would be to spay and neuter Michael Vick (with no anesthesia), we prefer to teach people how animals SHOULD BE TREATED, and what a blessing they are in our lives. Thanks for reading it and passing it on. ~ Nancy Cronk at www.Animal
    Press Release August 22, 2007

    "Animal Chaplains To Honor and Bless All Creatures on World Animal Day"

    ~ from the Interfaith Association of Animal Clergy

    While Americans have watched in horror as celebrity athlete Michael Vick admits being a willling participant in one of the cruelest, most horrific crimes against animals ever committed, America needs an emotional healing. That day is World Animal Day.

    In what will look like a scene from the popular family movie, "Evan Almighty", scores of Animal Chaplains around the world will bless hundreds, perhaps thousands of animals in many different settings on October 4th 2007. At a pet cemetery on the east coast, to a city park in the desert, to a sandy beach on the west coast, they will walk in on a leash, fly in on a harness, and slither in their cages. Barking, mewing, bleating, mooing, whinnying and purring will join human voices in hymns of praise and worship. World Animal Day is a day dedicated to honoring, blessing, and protecting animals all over the world.

    World Animal Day was founded at an ecologist's convention in Florence, Italy in 1931 as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. October 4th was chosen as World Animal Day because it is also the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, a Catholic Church holiday which is often celebrated with an annual "blessing of the pets". Since then, it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and has been widely celebrated around the world. Churches and synagogues in many faiths traditions have adopted "Pet Blessing Day" or "World Animal Day" in increasing numbers every year.

    The Interfaith Association of Animal Chaplains prepares for World Animal Day by referring its members and visitors to the official World Animal Day website. The site provides ideas and resources to individuals, families, community groups and congregations everywhere. People can post their pledge for volunteering at a World Animal Day event. In addition to blessing pets, volunteers will work at animal shelters, zoos, rescues, and other nonprofit organizations. Dogs will be walked, cats will be brushed, horses will be groomed, and fish will benefit from freshly cleaned tanks. Donations will be given to animal welfare agencies, and pets will be adopted. School children will collect pet food to be donated to charities, and bake sales and car washes will be held as fundraising events. Veterinary clinics will hold free spay and neuter days, or may offer to vaccinate pets at no charge. All over the world, on the very same day, the well-being of animals will be on the minds of millions of people.

    Interfaith Chaplain Nancy Cronk feels a day honoring animals is very important at a time when the headlines speak of animal cruelty such as athlete Michael Vick's alleged ties to illegal dog fighting. Animal Chaplains would like everyone to know that every major faith endorses the responsible stewardship of the earth and all of its creatures. "Deliberate harming of animals is in direct opposition to teachings in all of the major world faiths. Caring for animals is our global spiritual responsibility. If we can teach this ethic to all of our children, animal abuse and suffering will someday become a distant memory".

    To find out how to get involved on World Animal Day, go to To find out more about Animal Chaplains, go to

    (This article may be reprinted.)

    Nancy J. Cronk
    Founder, Chair and Chaplain
    Interfaith Association of Animal Chaplains

  5. Lots of anger on the web about Michael Vick. Hopefully all this energy we are putting out there creates something positive in the long run...

    Yesterday, Michael Vick issued his "public apology". It is disturbing to think a certain percentage of the population is honestly going to be swayed by Michael Vick's "enlightenment" carefully crafted by his overpaid attorneys. Call me a cynic, but I don't believe a man who has been allegedly torturing animals since childhood coincidentally has a religious epiphany as a result of getting caught and losing his job. I hope I am wrong.

    If there is anything good about the Michael Vick story, it is that there is an emerging increased awareness about animal cruelty and animal fighting. However...

    I think it is a sad commentary that we, as a culture, are using the Vick story to compare "What's worse?" "What's worse", we ask, "carelessly fathering illegitimate children, or dogfighting?". "Dogfighting or gambling?" "Dogfighting or rape?" "Dogfighting or racism?" "Dogfighting or hateful nationalism?" "Dogfighting or (fill in the blank)....?" The comparisons to dogfighting have been endless.

    Dogfighting is one more piece of evidence our country is in need of a spiritual transformation (please note I said spiritual and not necessarily religious). Animals are sentient beings - they feel pain, and they suffer, just like we do. They are not more important, or less important than human beings, but like human beings, they are important, too.

    Every major faith teaches its followers to be responsible stewards of animals and the Earth. Please help us get the word out that caring for animals, just like caring for people, is an important part of just being a decent person and citizen. If we make this a priority, there will be no more dogfighting horror stories, and no more pointless comparisons of evils. Let us all rise, together, to be better people than we are today, shall we?

    Chaplain Nancy Cronk


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