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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 10, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:05 am

Vick comes out against dog fighting

How about passing a Law that police can go in guns blazing to break up Dog or Cock fights and just kill everyone involved they are ALL scum including the spectators.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:03 am

Vick comes out against dog fighting

Costed ??? anyway he's just sorry he got caught, sure people can change and I hope he has but he is no class act.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:35 am

Vick comes out against dog fighting

You people are all ignorant!! If you can stomach it, picture this: Vick and his buddies standing around Laughing while they have a dog hanging from a noose, dipping it in a barrell of water, electrocuting it!! All because it lost him a couple bucks for losing to another dog that was fighting for ITS life!! And if the fighting and torture of THAT isnt bad enough. Do a little research on the Torturous Training it takes to get a dog ready for "The Pit"! Maybe you people should read up on some stuff, BEFORE you endorse it!!

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:22 am

Vick comes out against dog fighting

I am glad to see that Michael Vick has seen the error of his ways and is doing all that he can to become a productive member of society again. This is all that can be asked of him or anyone convicted of a crime who has served time behind bars. Hopefully Michael Vick will go and talk to the players in the league that seem to be arrested over and over again (see: Adam "Pacman" Jones and Kenny Britt) and let them know that prison is not some social gathering spot.

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2011 9:46 am

Vick comes out against dog fighting

Dumb ass redneck.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2011 8:17 am

Vick comes out against dog fighting

I don't hate Eagles Michael Vick, and I am glad he is speaking out against animal fighting. He's trying to improve his image and make a difference. I certainly will give him credit for that and hope he can stay out of trouble. If he can influence just a few people, children or adults, it will be a good thing.

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:59 am

Vick comes out against dog fighting

This loser will be thrown in the slammer again some day. Give it time.

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:25 am

Vick comes out against dog fighting

For all of you that are still calling the guy a piece of trash, fall off your high horse and break your neck. What he did was horrible, and just like anyone who commits crimes, or does drugs, they will keep going until they face consequences. Just like when kids push the limits of their parents, until punishment is brought into play. Its the way of life.

The guy did more time for his actions, than OJ Simpson, Casey Anthony, and Stallworth did for murdering a human being. Instead of being a repeat offender, which we all hear about over and over again, he is using his fame and money to make amends for what he did.

I am as big of an animal lover as the next person; giving donations, volunteering my time at shelters, and having 3 animals of my own, but have enough sense to say I am happy that Vick is trying to be a better person. Keep it up, my man. If only more people would turn their lives around

Since: May 23, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:56 am

Vick comes out against dog fighting

Umm, your one of the stupidest persons i've ever met, do you know vick? do you understand how much this whole situation has changed his life around? You're right, if he didnt get caught hed probably still be doing it, but he did and he learned his lesson the hard way and now hes doing everything he can to fix what he has done. just think if he was the quartback on your team you wouldnt care. people are just mad that the eagles have a pro bowl quarterback

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:45 pm

Vick comes out against dog fighting

It's hilarious that so many of you morons still criticize the guy.  He was immature, he made a mistake, and he served his time.  The mistake costed him millions of dollars and years off his career.  Now the guy is trying to make amends and not because he has to, but because it is the right thing to do.

Sometimes people rise up from adversity and become better people.  This is clearly a case of a guy who learned the hard way and is now a model citizen as a result.  The reality is Vick getting caught dogfighting is the best thing that ever happened to dogs.  If he didn't get caught, the laws would not have been made much harsher and this would not be an issue.

It took a celebrity getting caught to bring this issue to light and ultimately Vick getting caught saved thousands of future dogs.   I am not saying what he did was a good thing or right.  It was wrong, I know that, you know that, and most importantly, Vick knows that.

Unfortunately, none of us can change the past, we can only affect the future.  That is what Michael Vick is doing.  He is trying to make the future better by coming out against dog fighting and he should be commended for it.   He can not change the past, but the guy clearly is trying his best to make amends.  Not only did he serve a prison sentence, he is now a leader in the fight against dog fighitng.

Class act all the way is what Mr. Vick has become and he should be commended for it.

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