- Gregg Patterson, Outdoors
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The "just shut up" moment of the past week came Wednesday, when the Atlanta chapter president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, R.L. White, likened dogfighting to hunting. White was imploring the media to quit "piling on" former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.
Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Vick indefinitely for his role in a dogfighting venture known as Bad Newz Kennels. Vick faces the possibility of one to five years in federal prison.
The NAACP's White said he didn't understand what all the fuss was over dogfighting when hunting deer and other animals is acceptable.
Was White's intellectual inspiration none other than New York Knicks underachieving guard Stephon Marbury? As reported on ESPN.com last Monday, part of Marbury's answer when asked about Vick's problems was, "We don't say anything about people shooting deers and shooting other animals."
Gee, Mr. White. Maybe the fuss has to do with what's legal and what's illegal.
Hunting is legal.
Fighting, hanging and drowning dogs are not.
Hunting is scientifically proven as a humane method to control wildlife populations.
Fighting, hanging and drowning dogs are not humane.
Three out of four Americans recently surveyed approve of regulated hunting to manage wildlife populations. I'm sure they understand the difference between hunting as a legitimate wildlife management tool compared to hanging and drowning dogs.
Mr. White does not.
I don't think you could find one in a million Americans in favor of hanging and drowning dogs.
Most hunters have a deep respect for the animals they hunt, and the land needed for those animal populations to continue indefinitely.
There is no respect in hanging and drowning dogs.
The NAACP needs to stick to civil rights issues. Mr. White should just shut up.
3hThomas McKean, ESPN Stats & Information