Thursday, August 27, 2009

That's Karma Baby

Looks like Mike Vick will have at least one fewer protestor against him in Philly:

The experience of losing her favorite dog after accidentally leaving it in a hot car for four hours will strengthen the credibility of the Richmond SPCA’s leader, say those who work closely with her.

A 16-year-old dog belonging to Robin Starr, the SPCA’s chief executive officer and one of the area’s most outspoken advocates for animals, died last Wednesday.

Anne Grier, chairwoman of the Richmond SPCA board of directors, said she believes the dog’s death will boost Starr’s position as an animal advocate.

“I think it enhances her ability to communicate and educate the public about humane issues. I think that if this can happen to her, it can happen to any of us,“ Grier said.

“We’re all human beings. For her to speak from experience — I know this has been extremely painful to her — I think gives her more credibility.“

Some call for SPCA CEO to step down

However, some in the community say Starr should step down from her position. An article about the situation had drawn about 200 comments, more critical of Starr than supportive, on by yesterday evening.

“She doesn’t have as much credibility anymore. . . . She can’t stand up for animals in the way that she used to,“ said Henrico County resident and self-proclaimed dog lover Lamont Johnson.

“I do believe that people make mistakes. Just because it was a mistake doesn’t mean you don’t have to pay for it. You have to accept responsibility for your mistakes.“


Starr, who had four dogs and two cats, has been a vocal advocate for the welfare of animals and has pushed the General Assembly for tougher laws to protect animals. She also has been a vocal critic of NFL quarterback Michael Vick, who pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges in 2007.

When he was reinstated last month by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Starr said, “The action of the NFL commissioner to reinstate Michael Vick is both premature and unwise. Vick has not yet demonstrated that his remorse is sincere or that his irresponsible, cruel and criminal behaviors are likely to change. The NFL and its leadership apparently lack the integrity to require civilized behavior from their players. This would reflect poorly on any team that adds Vick to its roster.“

Now to be sure nothing about this story even hints at this being an intentional act and we all know that Vick willingly engaged in dog fighting and killing those dogs that didn't perform. Still as they say what will make you laugh will make you cry and hopefully this will make people think twice about boycotting the man after he paid his debt to society.

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