It's not "about" Michael Vick any more than it was "about" O.J. Simpson. It's about what they allegedly did.
Where can a person force a living creature to fight to the death and if it fails wet it down then electrocute it, hang it, drown it or shoot it and face no more than a fine of $5000 and/or six months in jail? No. Not the Spokane police department. Idaho. Along with Wyoming, the only states where dog fighting is not a felony. If this were done to a human being one would be jailed, if not executed, and the key thrown away. Why should it be less for a dog? Or any animal. Remember cock fighting?
Representative Dennis Lake, Republican from Blackfoot, states the current laws are adequate. "You still go to jail and you're still fined. I guess the question is how much of a deterrent do you need?" Just maybe something a bit more painful.
When you consider it was a drug search that started the Vick mess and big time gambling, racketeering and providing a source of revenue for gangs is part of the scenario it makes the "sport" even more egregious. Let's not allow our legislators to give this a pass just because it's a subculture undertaking that occurs well hidden from public scrutiny.
Make it a felony and enforce it! All puppies are cute. They are easy to love. They deserve nothing less. With our protection that's what they'll give in return. Unconditionally.