Thursday, January 22, 2009
New York, NY - PETA has withdrawn an offer to shoot an anti-dogfighting public service announcement with Michael Vick after his release from prison. The group said Wednesday that an agreement was reached with Vick’s representatives to shoot the spot, but that Vick’s attorneys sought assurance that PETA would then support Vick’s return to the NFL. Rightfully, PETA disagreed to this support and asked that Vick undergo a brain scan and a full psychiatric evaluation.
"Saying sorry and getting his ball back after being caught enjoying killing dogs in hideously cruel ways for many years doesn’t cut it," said PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. "Commissioner Goodell knows that he has an obligation to the league and to millions of fans, including children who look up to ballplayers as idols, to make sure that Michael Vick is mentally capable of remorse before he can touch, let alone wear, an NFL uniform again."Related articles:
12/12/08: Edward Faron of Wildside Kennels Has Been Charged by Authorities
12/07/08: NYT: Dogfighting Subculture is Taking Hold in Texas
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| 1/22/2009 3:54 AM |
Interesting...The nutters have gathered several thousabd signatures to prevent Vick from returning to the NFL...
Yet, the "retired" dogmen who fought dogs and now breed them are free to continue proliferating explosively dog aggressive IEDs.
| 1/22/2009 9:24 AM |
More details were recently released from Vick's dog fighting bust, USDA report
He put family pets in the ring with his dogs to watch those pets get mauled and killed for fun by the pit bulls
Those fighting dogs with the high prey drive are now being handed out to the public by groups like Bad Rap.
Whose child and/or pet has a mauling coming thanks to these rescue groups who are working for the pit bull breeders?
| 1/22/2009 11:01 AM |
Vick is the poster child for psychopathy.
Grandiose sense of self-worth
Reckless disregard for the safety of self or others Impulse control problems
Inability to tolerate boredom
Aggressive or violent tendencies, repeated physical fights or assaults on others
Lack of empathy
Lack of remorse, indifferent to or rationalizes having hurt or mistreated others
A sense of extreme entitlement
Lack of or diminished levels of anxiety/nervousness and other emotions
Promiscuous sexual behavior, sexually deviant lifestyle
Poor judgment, failure to learn from experience
Lack of personal insight
Failure to follow any life plan
Abuse of drugs including alcohol
Inability to distinguish right from wrong
| 1/22/2009 12:08 PM |
Didn't know where to post this.....
A pit bull bites the finger off of a woman at a dog park...the pit bull was attacking a smaller dog, and the owner tried to save her dog; in the process, her finger was bitten off, right through her glove. It could not be reattached.
The pit bull had a HISTORY of attacking other dogs.
| 1/22/2009 7:39 PM |
Just a thought, but do any of you Dogsbite posters have any contacts in the insurance industry? It seems to me that the actuarial tables seem to coincide with the obvious breed specific information we see posted here. We know most insurers won't insure people with dangerous breeds, and that that information is based on actuarial tables. Is there a reason the insurance company won't make their actuarial tables on dog bites public?
We all know the information is there...insurance companies are in the business of making money, and reducing risk by screening who they will sell policies to. Somewhere, there is a database on claims paid out to dog-bite victims based with information on the attacking dogs breed. The conversation would be over if that became public...it would give irefutable proof that pit bulls are dangerous based on the number and severity of attacks, as evidenced by insurance claims pay-outs.
Is there any way to get that data and make it public?
| 1/22/2009 8:21 PM |
It's difficult to get private corporations, such as insurance companies, to make their data public. DogsBite.org would love for any person with connections to an insurance company to take this task on.
Making such information public would help prevent future tragedies, provide hard data for policymakers and would likely lower claims for severe dog attacks, as there would be fewer pit bulls TO attack.
| 1/23/2009 1:14 PM |
Dog fighters, dog breeders, the AKC, and Best Friends types are trying to get laws passed in states that force insurance companies to insure pit bulls and aggressive breeds, and don't charge a differential
Another way of making us pay for aggressive dogs
| 1/24/2009 7:10 PM |
It would be very difficult to get that kind of insurance information. They speak in generalities, even to their agents. What we do know is that dog bite claims account for one third of all homeowners claims. That is a huge volume of dog bites. This article gives some more numbers - http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Insurance/InsureYourHome/your-dogs-bite-could-bankrupt-you.aspx
I think what is important to keep in mind is that what insurance companies fear most is large claims, not just volume of claims. For certain dogs to be blacklisted, you have to assume that its not just the amount of bites as compared to other breeds, but the medical costs associated with those bites are higher than the average. As you can see, the average is not all that high ($25K) meaning most dog bite claims are not all that severe considering some of the medical figures we have seen posted on this site in the last year.
| 1/25/2009 3:42 PM |
"As you can see, the average is not all that high ($25K) meaning most dog bite claims are not all that severe considering some of the medical figures we have seen posted on this site in the last year."
But I think this is very different for different breeds
Pit bulls, for example, are a minority of the population, but when they do bite (even not severely) the damage is much worse and much more costly than a lab or another breed
| 1/26/2009 2:57 PM |
If you have 500 dogs bites at 25000 average it is a total of 12,500,000 damage.
If 490 dogs do 2500 damage (rabies shots and some stiches) each it is a total of 1,225,000 which still leaves 11,275,000 damage for the other 10 dogs.
Averages don't mean much.