Terrell Owens Compares Dog Fighting To Hunting

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Here again is another athlete that has voiced his opinions about Michael Vick and dog fighting. Every day, there seems to be someone new that opens their mouth and comments on Vick. I guess they haven’t learned that “no comment” is sometimes the best answer.

Terrell Owens (also known as T.O.), a Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, said he saw his uncle involved in dog fighting, and it was part of the culture.

“Being from the South, that’s something that’s very prevalent in that area,” Owens said. “So when I say it’s a cultural situation, I’m not trying to bring a racial barrier into it. If anyone wants to dig that up, I will dispel that.”

Owens said he loves animals and when he was young, he had German shepherds. He compared his love for dogs as the same way his grandmother loved dogs. He stated that he is not saying dog fighting should be accepted.

“I don’t condone Michael Vick’s actions with the dog fighting,” Owens said. “I’ve been exposed to it and it’s something that’s very unfortunate for Mike. I think he’ll learn from this situation and move on from it.”

“When I mentioned cultural thing, [it’s] just like when people go out and they hunt deer,” he said. “They hunt deer and they cut their heads off and they go to mount them on the wall. And they are animals as well. I don’t see a big difference in the situation.”

Source: Dallas Morning News

Photo: Business Week

18 Responses to “Terrell Owens Compares Dog Fighting To Hunting”

  1. Lynne says:

    “They hunt deer and they cut their heads off and they go to mount them on the wall. And they are animals as well. I don’t see a big difference in the situation.”

    The difference in the situation is that dogfighting IS A FELONY. And thank you for reinforcing the “stupid athlete” stereotype.

  2. catmom5 says:

    Looks like there are a whole lot of ATTITUDES to change along with the laws. I find it very disturbing that so many are “understanding” the horrors of animal fighting.

  3. Lynne says:

    It’s kind of like “understanding” the compulsions of a serial killer.

  4. Denise says:

    then if dogfighting is a “subculture” among some groups then why didn’t Vick just come out and say so back in April when he was first questioned about it?….he should have “yeah…I fight dogs what’s wrong with that?… its part of my culture and heritage….we all do it, just like its part of our culture to do drugs, gang-bang and drive-by shootings.”

  5. nora says:

    Stupidity just runs amuck. Soooo the gang bangers from sayyyy New Jersey or The Bronx who fight dogs and have never been south of the Mason Dixon line, not one generation of them from their past…..what about them? This is not an activity that the south has a claim on. DUHHHHHH.

  6. Lynne says:

    Let’s not forget that this ’sport’ originated with white, upper class English gents.

  7. Lyu says:

    “They hunt deer and they cut their heads off and they go to mount them on the wall. And they are animals as well. I don’t see a big difference in the situation.”

    Last time I checked, hunters don’t make their prey fight one another. Hunters usually try to kill their prey as cleanly as possible without a great deal of suffering. Most also use the deer meat for food, but I haven’t heard of Vick sitting down to a dinner of roasted dog. It’s sickening that they keep trying to shift the blame off themselves.

  8. Sharon says:

    “Being from the South, that’s something that’s very prevalent in that area,” Owens said. “So when I say it’s a cultural situation, I’m not trying to bring a racial barrier into it. If anyone wants to dig that up, I will dispel that.”

    Unfortunately he is right. People from the South think it’s OK. There is no shortage of ignorance in this part of the country.

  9. expat says:

    Hunting is (1) a form of healthy outdoor recreation(as opposed to indoor recreation like getting drunk in front of the TV set watching the NFL) and (2) a test of skill. The aim is to find or wait (sometimes a very long time) for the game to appear and kill it quickly and painlessly with a single shot. A “hunter” who engages in sadism and torture(stock-in-trade for dogfighters) is a sadist and a torturer NOT a hunter.

    P.S Have you ever heard that phrase “man’s best friend” and wondered what it might mean?

  10. Karen Goodhart says:

    Sharon,

    I hate to shatter your image of the South, but I live in the South and have for all of my 46 years. I was raised in a household of hunters, fishermen, and shrimpers, which provided a great deal of food for my family.

    I have never been involved with dog fighting (unless my pets decided to mix it up over a bone). I know no one who has been involved with dog fighting or would ever excuse or accept this practice.

    However, I seem to be able to go on-line and encounter any number of idiots that stand in judgement of groups of people because of what one of them may have done. For your sake, I hope the next group targeted isn’t those who are ‘EXPERTS’ on the South and the people who live there.

    Have a nice day,

    Karen Goodhart

  11. Lynn says:

    Apparently there are parts of the south that do indeed peceive dog fighting as entertainment.

    I don’t care whether it’s commonplace or not in ANY area, the fact is that the US has a bonding relationship with dogs and cats and many creatures.
    Recent sociological changes to the family structure [i.e., fewer traditional marriages] will find this bonding to animals more intense as time goes on. These animals are surrogate family members.
    Regardless of what is “common” in the south or in Detroit or in Timbuktu or whether killing and torturing dogs is similar to hunting [not], the point is that IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS. We deem it wrong. so don’t try to justify it. Just keep quiet. You won’t win the argument.

    Just like there used to be slaves; there aren’t any in this day and age in the USA. We’ve evolved. And so should this business of dog fighting.

    Those of you who have a need to stand up for Vick or try to explain dog fighting: save your energy. Your best action is to call the local authorities and tell them all you know about this dispicable “sport” so that they can track down all the people living in the dark ages, haul them off to jail before they contaminate another generation of people into a life of crime, gambling, violence, and prostitution.

    Dogmen*: we’ve evolved and so should you. Be a REAL man.

    [*Dogmen is a term for dog-fighters.]

    There’s an old saying: “Better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

  12. Karen Goodhart says:

    I agree that there are places in the South where this is seen as entertainment, but there are also places everywhere else. It’s not a Southern thing.

    You are absolutely right that it can’t be justified. It’s barbaric and despicable and most people feel this way. But for anyone who does think it can be justified, IT IS ILLEGAL!!!

    Karen Goodhart

  13. Anonymous says:

    Here you have a guy that doesnt even know how to put his hat on right side forward explaining that there is no difference in dog fighting than hunting.

    T.O. should have kept his mouth shut and I’m sure he will feel the pain of having less fans prior to making such a stupid statement!

    There are many dog lovers in Texas T.O. I like many would prefer to sit & chat with a dog rather than a idiot Dallas Cowboy such as yourself!!!! Bad move T.O and learn how to wear a hat!

  14. Furbabies says:

    I am amazed that people actually condone this. By saying that it is a Southern culture thing, they should remember that lynching black people was a Southern culture thing. That doesn’t make it acceptable, moral or legal.

  15. beaucat says:

    I live in the South, have all my life. This is not a “Southern thing”. I agree with Furbabies .

  16. Lynn says:

    In the end it doesn’t matter whether dogfighting is a cultural thing or not.

    What matters is that:
    [1] It’s illegal,
    [2] It’s amoral, and
    [3] It goes against societal values.

    Those of you who keep spouting off with excuses and so-called justifications are wasting your breath and showing your ignorance.

  17. Pat Pearson says:

    Lynn, you said it very clearly & I agree whole-heartedly. Regarding Owens, this is not the first time he has opened his mouth & put his foot in it. I don’t think he’ll ever learn to just keep his mouth shut!!! I am truly a dog lover from Texas, have lived in the South for more years than I care to admit & am absolutely appalled that dogfighting is condoned by people in ALL parts of this country.

  18. Dee Eagle says:

    Someone needs to explain to this stupid son of a bitch that the deer are shot, usually quickly ending their suffering. It would be better for the dogs involved in dogfighting to get shot. At least they wouldn’t have to endure the torture that they and the bait animals have to go through. No, asshole, deer hunting is humane. There’s a difference. Deer hunting for the trophie antlers is wrong. But in the south a lot of people eat the deer meat. Some families actually survive the winter that way. I have lived in the south all my life. No one that I know would ever dream of condoning the abuse of these precious babies. We love our animals. It is not a Southern thing. All southerns don’t go around abusing dogs, and bait animals, and we don’t go around breaking federal laws in the name of “it’s just a southern thing”.


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