Animal fighting has been brought to the forefront of the nation’s attention by the highly publicized conviction of NFL star quarterback Michael Vick and three of his associates on federal and state charges related to illegal dogfighting. Vick and his associates operated the aptly named “Bad Newz Kennels,” which housed and trained over 50 pit bull dogs, staged dog fights, killed dogs, and ran a high stakes gambling ring with purses up to $26,000. The exposure of Bad Newz Kennels helped alert the nation to the viciousness of dogfighting that is commonplace in many communities despite the fact that dogfighting is outlawed in every state and, to some extent, by the federal government. Michael Vick is an athlete in the public eye. An athlete which thousands of people, including children, watch and even still idolize. And to allow him to continue to play in one of the countries most well known, and beloved sports is wrong. By allowing him to continue his career is just showing people and children that it is ok to commit a federal crime and get away with it. That its ok to harm innocent animals for their own pleasure. That it is ok to get away with murder!