I got a thoughtful response to a recent post in which I discussed the problems brought on themselves by former president Bill Clinton and ex-Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick. I wondered what led two such highly successful, highly public men to take such risks–arrogance, naivete, or something else?
The writer is Chaplain Nancy Cronk, founder of AnimalChaplains.com, an organization devoted to animal welfare and the spiritual connection between people and other animals. Here’s some of what she wrote:
If there is anything good about the Michael Vick story, it is that there is an emerging increased awareness about animal cruelty and animal fighting. There is so much anger about this issue. If we channel it into a positive direction, hopefully, something good can come of it. . . .
Dogfighting is one more piece of evidence our country is in need of a spiritual transformation (please note I said spiritual and not necessarily religious). Animals are sentient beings – they feel pain, and they suffer, just like we do.
She makes an excellent point there, one I touched on some weeks ago when I was discussing several good reasons to stop eating meat. I’ll take that a bit further in tomorrow’s post. Meanwhile, if you’d like to read her whole comment, it’s appended to this post.