Thursday, June 19 started off just like every other Thursday for me.
Waking up, feeding my cats and giving them their medicine, getting dressed, drinking my morning cups of coffee and then settling in for my regular work day. However, it ended with my blood-pressure shooting through the roof, pain in the depths of my heart that has yet to go away, disgust for my beloved Strand Theatre and a general feeling of anger over my personal Public Enemy #1, Michael Vick, coming to my hometown. I was teaching class all day on Thursday and when I was done I checked my phone to see that I had multiple posts from my friends telling me that Vick was coming to Shreveport for his comedy show.
At first, I really could not grasp what this was all about. What does Vick have to do with comedy? I soon realized this was for real and that my worst fear was coming true, this monster really is coming to Shreveport; he will be getting national publicity from my hometown and he will be making money from this event. This was more than I could handle until I realized there are others in this city as passionate about this cause as me.
That was a relief.
The thing I want others to understand is that I am not jumping on the bandwagon with this cause; this is something I have been passionate about for over 7 years, since the investigation against Vick was made public. Animals are my heart and soul, my passion, what I live for. I am a proud Cat Mother of 5 rescued babies; I have spent thousands and thousands of dollars on them over the years. I dream about them and their safety, talk to them like they are my children, make up songs for them and sing them to them, and even wrote a 14 page binder on how to properly take care of them when I am on vacation.
(Obsessive? YES! Embarrassed? NO!) This is who I am; I am empathetic to animals and their feelings.
As an animal lover, I cannot just overlook and forget what Vick has done. In case you are unaware of what it takes to run a dog fighting ring here is the criteria:
- ♦ You have to be a heartless bastard to be able to beat an animal into submission, teach them how to properly fight in order to maul and/or kill the other dogs they are fighting.
- ♦ You have to be able to beat and torture a dog when the dog loses (this includes hanging the dog, putting electric wires to the dogs ears and throwing them in water, skinning them alive).
- ♦ Put a female doge in a rape holding device so that the males dogs can “procreate” with her to produce other fighting dogs.
- ♦ You have to do all this with no feelings other than the joy you get from making money off them and watching them suffer.
I hear all the time that Vick served his time for his crimes but that’s the thing, he never served a day in jail for his involved with the dog fighting ring. He served his time for Federal Racketeering ONLY and was found in contempt of court for lying to the judge. He plead “Not Guilty” to Animal Cruelty despite all the evidence that proved he was guilty on the heinous acts. One must be a true Sociopath to be able to watch animals suffering in horrendous ways at your own hands and not feel guilty. Remember that every serial killer started by torturing, mutilating and killing animals. Vick is no different than Jeffery Dahmer, Albert “The Boston Strangler” DeSalvo, The Columbine Killers, and Denis Rader (The BTK Killer). Vick may not be a “human” serial killer but he is a serial killer none-the-less. No amount of jail time can rehabilitate an already corrupt, empty soul. He has shown no remorse, when doing interviews and when the dogs are mentioned you can blatantly see his eyes turn cold and dark, and his “involvement” with the Humane Society was the best “PR” move ever by his publicists.
So with that being said, I will speak loudly and proudly against him, stand up for what’s right, never forget the innocent lives lost, and never again support a company that has endorsed him, given him money or given him publicity. I have not supported Nike or Subway in over 5 years because of their support of him; and, unfortunately, I will never again support The Strand (despite the fact that it was where that I received my first pay check as an extra in an Opera when I was 6 years old).
No show or entertainer will ever win me back over to The Strand.
My love of animals far outweighs my love of entertainment. I feel for The Strand because this is going to hurt them in the long-run but hopefully they will wise up and take into account any and/all productions they bring to their facility from this point on.
Lindsey M. Fertitta is a Shreveport native who works at Holy Angels Residential Facility as their Training Coordinator. She has also worked for Volunteers of America and The American Red Cross. Helping others is her passion. In her spare time, she can be found volunteering at local non-profits which are near to her heart and attending concerts. She is the proud “mom” of 5 rescued cats. Most people refer to her as an enigma because she is a conservative/liberal (yes, that’s really a thing!).