Friday, August 14, 2009
Michael Vick: From Felony Dog Torturer and Convicted Animal Abuser to Millionaire Overnight: Only in the NFL & with Help from the Phildelphia Eagles
Very sad. Hard to believe that 1. The NFL would allow a convicted felon found guilty of horrendous charges of torturing and killing dogs / dogfighting to again play and tarnish the league AND to send the message that cruelty and torture and felonies are OK 2. The Philadelphia Eagles would allow him to come to their city and set up shop with a million dollar salary and to state the message that animal abuse is OK and that felony convictions are OK.
Don’t tell me that he won’t eventually go back to his thug gangsta’ ways. I guess we can tell a lot about that Eagles from this deal.
For those who have forgotten, please visit our story about the Michael Vick dog fighting conviction and description of horrible abuse of dogs he carried out at http://geari.blogspot.com/2007/08/michael-vick-former-quarterback-of.html
I posted an article below that sums up the disgust stated by decent people in seeing a felon returned to millionaire status. Also, in a related article, I pulled out these paragraphs to make us all remember just how disgusting Michal Vick is. I think this sums it up.
"PETA and millions of decent football fans around the world are disappointed that the Eagles decided to sign a guy who hung dogs from trees. He electrocuted them with jumper cables and held them under water," PETA spokesman Dan Shannon told The Associated Press.
"You have to wonder what sort of message this sends to young fans who care about animals and don't want them to be harmed."
Animal activists boo Eagles' signing of Vick
By Amy Worden
Inquirer Staff Writer
News that the Eagles had signed quarterback Michael Vick, a convicted animal abuser, was met with swift outrage last night by members of Philadelphia's animal-welfare community.
Many said they were concerned that the move would cast a pall over a state in which animal advocates - led by Gov. Rendell, who has three rescue dogs - have fought to improve conditions for dogs, particularly those who suffer in substandard commercial kennels.
"Over the last three years, Pennsylvania has made historic strides in bringing attention to the abuse and neglect that so many dogs suffer in this state and throughout the country," said Tom Hickey of Drexel Hill, a member of the governor's Dog Law Advisory Board. "For the Philadelphia Eagles, knowing the heinous crimes committed by this man, to sign him is unconscionable."
The initial reaction, which included the launching of a Twitter feed called "Boycott the Eagles," is a likely indication of the angry response to come.
"Michael Vick is coming to a city with some of the strongest and most outspoken animal advocates," said Bill Smith, founder of Main Line Animal Rescue in Chester Springs. "In a city where thousands of pit bulls are destroyed every year because we don't have the resources to rehabilitate them, it's shameful that we are willing to rehabilitate Michael Vick."
Vick, who played with the Atlanta Falcons, pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges in 2007, admitting that he participated in the destruction of dogs that did not perform, including drowning, hanging, and slamming them to the ground.
He spent 18 months of a 23-month sentence in federal prison, during which time he admitted "using bad judgment and making bad decisions," and vowed to redeem himself.
Since his release from house arrest last month, Vick has participated in events in Atlanta and Chicago with the Humane Society of the United States, where he spoke to inner-city young people about the cruelty of dogfighting.
Jen Utley, a board member of the Pennsylvania SPCA and the wife of Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, declined to comment last night specifically on the Vick signing, saying the PSPCA board would release a unified statement today.
"My goal has always been and always will be to prevent cruelty against animals in the city," said Utley, who adopted a rescue dog and who, together with her husband, has raised thousands to support PSPCA activities.
In a statement last night, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals expressed disappointment that the Eagles had signed a man who had committed such brutal acts against animals.
"What kind of message does this send to young fans who care about animals and don't want to see them be harmed?" the statement asked.
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