Excerpt:Â The Michael Vick dogfighting scandal is morphing into a broader NFL dogfighting scandal, as other NFL players also appear to be involved in this very weird pastime.But as animal-rights groups get more aggressive in their accusations and demands, the whole scene is getting stranger and stranger. And the closer you look, the more you see the deep conflicts in core values that fracture our society. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) wants the NFL to "add cruelty to animals â€“ in all its forms â€“ to its personal conduct policy." What, for PETA, is "cruelty to animals â€“ in all its forms"? According to its website, we should not eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment or abuse animals in any way.
So PETA's problem is well beyond the sick and cruel murdering of these creatures of which Vick and others are allegedly guilty. Dogfighting for entertainment, or any other use of animals for entertainment, is itself, for PETA, cruelty.