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Vick comes out against dog fighting

Posted on: July 19, 2011 6:30 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 6:57 pm
 
M. Vick lobbied in Capital Hill to help curtail dog fighting (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Eagles QB Michael Vick visited Washington Tuesday, lobbying legislators to pass an act that has grown near and dear to Vick’s heart.

It’s called the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, and, according to the Daily Caller, it “would apply federal criminal penalties -- fines and up to one year in prison -- to anyone attending or bringing a minor to an animal fighting event.”

Now, you might think that Vick is the LAST person* who should be talking about animal fighting (you do remember why he went to prison, yes?). But since he’s become a free man again, it seems that Vick has been an outspoken backer of all things good, whether it’s serving as a high school commencement speaker and giving out $5,000 college scholarships or trying to convince those in prison to change their ways.

*Vick, though, HAS become quite the endorser as of late.

But maybe that’s why Vick, who’s teaming up with the Humane Society on this issue, feels so strongly about this piece of legislation. After all, he was deeply involved in the dog fighting scene, and he’s seen (and participated in) the most despicable acts a human can commit on a canine.

He wants those who can be punished to be punished hard (kind of like he was, I suppose).

"I was a major part of [animal fighting],” Vick said, according to the website. “I know the game in and out. It won’t stop unless there is major change. It will continue to evolve and grow.”

Said Humane Society president Wayne Pacelle: “If you just criminalize the practitioners, you’re missing 98 percent of the people involved in the enterprise,”

When asked why he was involved in this piece of legislation, Vick said (via the Philadelphia Daily News): "I'm doing it for myself. I'm doing it for the Humane Society. I'm doing it for the animals, and I'm doing it for all the people out there who are involved, because there's so much more that you could be doing with your time. There's so many animals that could be raised in better households and used as pets and having happy homes instead of being used for pointless activity and being harmed. It took for me to go through what I went through to understand ... the magnitude of the entire situation. I’ve learned so much as time went on.

“Too many kids get involved in dogfighting, and it’s time to break this cycle. Animal fighting is a dead-end road for the young men, and there’s nothing but terrible outcomes for the dogs placed in a pit to fight. Since my case came to light, the laws against animal fighting have been upgraded, and here's another opportunity to strengthen the law and establish an even stronger deterrent.”

I know people who hate Vick -- will always hate Vick -- for his crimes against dogs, but at what point do you look at Vick and say, “Well, he’s trying to make things better?” Can those dog lovers ever forgive?

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:04 pm
 

Vick comes out against dog fighting



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Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Vick comes out against dog fighting

Vick did his time and owes nothing more to society. Why would we knock the guy for trying to help correct the problem? 
Because there are apparently a lot of folks out there who have never sinned and thus feel no need to forgive anyone else.

Kudos to Michael Vick. The animals he saves will far exceed the number of animals he killed.
Exactly. And kudos also to the Humane Society who, unlike self-righteous PETA, saw this opportunity and  - with Vick - are making the most of it.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Vick comes out against dog fighting

Vick's crimes deserved stiffer punishment--but because we, as a society, don't truly value animals' lives, he's free.  OK, he's free--so the issue is what he now does.  And this is a major contribution to animal welfare.  Now I'd like to see him step up more in Philly, where dog-fighting is a terrible scourge: he needs to go into the hood and take a stand against this heinous practice right there, on the streets.



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Vick comes out against dog fighting

EVERYTHING VIC HAS DONE AFTER HE SERVED HIS TIME AND LOST HIS CASH is a bonus. He is not obligated to do any of this stuff, but yet he is still trying to make things right with his fans and people in general. Im not playing the race card here either, as a black man i HATE when other black men pull that crap just because they can without any vaild reason other than being black. I dont hear nearly as much crap about stallworth who hit a guy while drunk, I dont care that the guywas trying to cross the highway stallworth was driving drunk, but i dont hear about him speaking out against athelets driveng drunk and how THEY need to be even more responsible because tons of kids look up to them.

The worst part about this whole thing is not what vic did to the dogs ( it was bad don't get me wrong ) but the fact that some of you seem to value animal life over humans.

If your going to hate on vick for the dog thing fine, he earned it, BUT i also want to see equal hate for Little, stallworth, Chamura, and any ohter nfl'er that had something to do with hurting people.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Vick comes out against dog fighting

Is this guy Serious!?! What a !



Since: Jul 20, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Vick comes out against dog fighting

Stop harrassing this man already.  He served his time for something his friends did.  America hates when a black man does really well for himself and they wanted to lock him up for drugs but they couldn't find any so they had to lock him up for something.  Dogfighting, really!  This type of stuff happens everyday in the hood but you don't see smalltime people getting locked up for it.  He should not have been incarcerated for this in the first place.  You see white people do worse and get away with it.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:52 am
 

Vick comes out against dog fighting

Vick did his time and owes nothing more to society. Why would we knock the guy for trying to help correct the problem? Kudos to Michael Vick. The animals he saves will far exceed the number of animals he killed.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:12 am
 

Vick comes out against dog fighting

HAHAHAHAHA!!!  I can't stop laughing.  This is a joke, right???


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