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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: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 8:37 pm

Vick comes out against dog fighting

BLAH BLAH BLAH....all he is sorry for is getting caught.  Can't wait until he takes a hit so hard he never gets good piece of crap..

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 8:33 pm

Vick comes out against dog fighting

I think what he is doing is a great movement.  The system used him as an example to emphasis the cruelty and problamatic cycle on dog fighting.  Instead of feeling bitter becaused they targeted him amoung all dog fighters to ride his status.  He was smart enough to understand their motive and joined forces with them to bring the fight against animal cruelty to the next level. 

I applaud Vick for his courage, and balls to admit his faults.  Their approach will definitely work, since they are attacking the cycle and not the act.  If they can stop the kids to witness any dog fights, and sensibilise them on how crual the act is, this will stop future generations to pursue the game.  Just like the fight on polution, kids education is the best solution.

Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 8:27 pm

Vick comes out against dog fighting

But see the thing is he did get caught, AND HE PAIDDDD FOOOORRR jus suck it up and call him a good person

Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 8:25 pm

Vick comes out against dog fighting

FIVE TO YOUUUUUU, LOOKS like sumbooooooodie has at least one good PR person..Yes Im talkin to you J harrison

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 8:13 pm

Vick comes out against dog fighting

Thanks Mike for changing your ways and trying to do what is right.  I commend you for admitting you were wrong, serving your sentence, and now trying to make the world a better place.  Well done!

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 8:02 pm

Vick comes out against dog fighting

and in other news....casey anthony will lobby for stricter anti child abuse rossanne rossanadana!

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:55 pm

Vick comes out against dog fighting

What a hypocrite this piece of dog crap is. If he hadn`t gotten caught he`d still be breaking Federal gambling laws, and killing unproductive (in his thinking anyway) dogs. It`s a shame that there are people out there, that want to say, he`s done his time, now lets let our childern look up to him as some sort of hero. It`s like it`s ok to lie, cheat, and steal, and if you get caught, just do your time, say your sorry(even if your not, just like the ex-con scumbag) and all will be forgiven.

Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:08 pm

Vick comes out against dog fighting

If he was sincere maybe when asked why he was doing this he would have listed the animals first and not himself.  At least the animals made it third on his list.  Dumb-bell.

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:02 pm

Vick comes out against dog fighting

What a load of crap. If he hadn't been caught, he'd be killing dogs right now. I'm sure he'd still like to attend dog fights, but he knows if he's seen at one someone will film him on a cel phone and immediately upload it to the net, which would end his career and send him back to the can.

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