Comments: Miscellany

I have mixed feelings about the Vick story. I don't entirely understand the "racism" charge (though it's interesting that it's got so much more traction than the older Romney-tied-dog-to-roof-of-moving-car story), but fundamentally Americans are really funny when it comes to animals. We're abusive on an industrial scale (even to dogs), but individual acts of cruelty are treated more or less like child abuse.

I live in a part of the world where cock-fighting is still popular, and I suspect that dog fighting is as well, judging by the popularity of fighting-class dogs. I don't know that Vick's story has gotten the play here that it's gotten elsewhere, either: it's in the obligatory spots in the Sport section, but not highlighted the way it has been on NPR, etc.

Posted by Ahistoricality at August 24, 2007 01:14 PM

It was all over the nightly news and seemed to be headlining a lot of the online sites I was checking, for much longer than I thought the story was worth.

I'm happy that people are so invested in protecting animals.

It's a bit of a pity they can't funnel some of that energy into caring about protecting kids or something. The story of the kid locked in a closet and starved to death got 1/10th the news coverage--maybe because a major sports figure wasn't involved.

Posted by Anne at August 27, 2007 09:45 AM