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Cynthia Murphy, Letter: No contrition displayed by Vick

Michael Vicks's comments at his recent sentencing on federal dogfighting charges reveal absolutely no contrition. He asked that children and others who looked up to him forgive him. Nowhere does he voice concern and remorse for the savage and bru...

Michael Vicks's comments at his recent sentencing on federal dogfighting charges reveal absolutely no contrition. He asked that children and others who looked up to him forgive him. Nowhere does he voice concern and remorse for the savage and brutal treatment he and others inflicted on the dogs kept under their absolute control. These animals were the real victims, not the fans, the NFL, the franchisees or Vick's relatives.

Several people wrote the judge hearing the case and asked him to go lightly on Vick's sentence. Theses actions were unfortunate and a disservice to Vick and to all citizens of a caring, civilized society. The purpose of punishment is not to seek revenge for past actions deemed improper but to deter others from committing similar offenses.

A society based on laws requires adherence to them. The fact that he engaged in a risky illegal adventure for a mere fraction of the huge monetary returns he made in football indicates he was in dogfighting for vicarious, perhaps sadistic, reasons.

I hope Vick will undergo introspection of his malevolent deeds while in prison. I hope also that, on discharge, he becomes an advocate for compassion and kindness to all sentient, feeling creatures. This would indicate real and genuine remorsefulness.

And I hope that others thinking of brutalizing any animal, whether it is human or non-human, will reflect on what happened to Vick and choose not to take a similar path.

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