This makes me so sad.
I feel like screaming at the top of my lungs, “We’re on the same team!” and “The animals don’t need our grudges, our vitriol, our egos; they need practical solutions NOW.”
Nathan Winograd wrote:
“I’ve never stomped, electrocuted, hung, shot, drowned, or strangled dogs, nor have I watched them tear each other to shreds and laughed. But Michael Vick did, and he’d still be doing it to this very day had he not been caught.”
Me neither. That doesn’t make me a saint. It makes me a normal person.
We have a choice in how to react to Vick now that he’s stopped hurting dogs. We can hold a grudge, carry anger and hate, and funnel our energy into an issue that’s already been resolved or we can forgive, show and teach kindness, and funnel our energy into other issues where animals are still dying.
Winograd’s heart is in the right place. He wants to help shelter animals. But he tries to do it by attacking the HSUS president for forgiving Michael Vick:
“Pacelle has long been an apologist and enabler of shelter killing.”
OK, so this may be true. Pacelle hasn’t come around on the euthanasia issue. The HSUS and PETA aren’t dedicated to saving lives through practical means, they’re dedicated to promoting their version of animal rights, which sadly includes a whole lot of collateral damage.
However, Pacelle’s previous statements against no-kill have got nothing to do with his choice to forgive Micheal Vick. Those are separate issues. You’d think a guy who wrote a book titled, Redemption, would have more understanding for forgiveness.
You might also think that a guy who has dedicated his life to saving animals’ lives might better interpret Pacelle’s claim that:
“In a civil society, there must be accountability for grievous actions. But there also must be an embrace of people who are willing and ready to change – even in tough cases, like Michael Vick. We are all sinners when it comes to animals, and we can all do better.” [emphasis added]
Because, guess what? Nonvegan dog-rescuers aren’t any better than euthanasia-supporting animal advocates. They’re all hypocrites! The Nonvegan dog-rescuers save the lives of dogs yet steal the lives of pigs, cows, chickens…
Consider, Winograd’s own statement with just a few words changed:
I’ve never stomped, electrocuted, hung, shot, drowned, or strangled pigs, nor have I paid someone else to. But every bacon-eating American has.
Just change the species and Winograd’s statement is no longer true. He used to eat animals.
We are all sinners and hypocrites when it comes to animals. We can all do better.