Oprah Winfrey and Piers Morgan recently bet on who would get the first interview with convicted dogfighter and football star, Michael Vick. It's likely that Oprah will win. (Update: Oprah did win and will be airing an interview on Feb. 24th with Michael Vick. While she called off the bet with Morgan, she still needs to take a stand for the dogs.)
Best Friends Animals Society said, "When powerful people like President Obama and Oprah Winfrey speak about Vick's 'redemption,' many of the 77.5 million dog owners and animal lovers in the United States want the whole story told."
Being able to throw a football doesn't overshadow the fact that Michael Vick not only enjoyed watching dogs maim and kill each other, but was also charged with taking part in brutally killing dogs by hanging, shooting, electrocuting and drowning the animals. Others have received sentences of 5 to 10 years in prison for this kind of crime; Vick was behind bars for less than two and was immediately reinstated to his privileged professional football career.
Oprah has always counted herself among dog lovers. Assuming she gets her way, she'll make a lot more money off this interview than the couple hundred bucks she wagered against Piers Morgan. She has an opportunity to make a real statement about compassion and redemption by giving the dogs a voice.
Photo credit: Melissa Lipani, Best Friends Animal Society