They aren't different, but I can't say it's not as bad. Funding the operation, facilitating the venue, and agreeing to that torture is just as bad. Just because he wanted to keep his hands as clean as possible doesn't mean it's not as bad as actually doing it.
I see your point and I agree with you. I don't see this as a mastermind of the conspiracy situation though. This guy owned a house. That is the only thing ever proven against him personally. In the house he owned lots of hanus poo went down. In the case of pulling a trigger under orders from a mob boss, yeah the guy is dead and he who gave the order is guilty just like the trigger puller. It goes a bit further when you talk about this kind of cruelty. Kinda like most "hit men" would have issues with killing a kid or a woman, it takes a sick person to do what was done to these animals. I just can't see Vick ever being in the league again if there was ever any proof or real evidence that pointed to him actually "doing the deed".
Are both parties guilty? Of course. Are they both guilty of doing the same thing. I don't think so. I may be wrong about that.