Horse Racing vs. Dog Fighting
Posted on: July 23, 2008 4:04 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2008 2:11 pm
The common link between these two is Gambling. One is regulated by the state to ensure fairness of treatment to both bettor and beast. The other is a private operation unsanctioned, unregulated and thereby, illegal. Vick went to jail because he was holding gambling operations on his property and he was making a book. If you make a book and generate income, it's tax evasion. In doing so, the state will persecute you with extreme prejudice. No exceptions. Being a NFL player/celebrity gives investigators added incentive to find evidence and bring about an indictment, as it is good press for them. Using dogs only makes it easier to convict, as judges know its upsetting to voters. The bottom line is that it is illegal gambling, and gambling is a crime unless the state is overseeing/governing it whether it be a church bingo, Powerball lottery, or riverboat/Indian casino. Vick was sold out by a losing bettor or a partner who felt he wasn't getting his cut of the action. Perhaps a dealer trying to catch some leniency with information. IMO, Vick should serve his full sentence. His disrespect of life and most importantly, the laws of Virginia should be example to other young men who think they are immune to them. PS. In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his horse with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have the term "the rule of thumb".