Dog News: The ASPCA “Dogs” Michael Vick

August 23rd, 2009 by Dan

Michael Vick isn’t finding a friendly face when it comes to many animal welfare groups. Ed Sayres, the president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, posted a statement on the organizations website this past Friday – essentially telling Vick he deserves to stay in the doghouse.

According to Sayres, Vick’s team approached the ASPCA preemptively before his release from jail with an offer to work on an anti-dog fighting campaign. Sayres response? ” “We were the first animal welfare organization given the opportunity to work with Mr. Vick but immediately turned him down due to the unique knowledge we had of his indescribable and barbaric acts of animal cruelty where he and his associates savagely electrocuted and beat dogs to death after they lost their brutal fights.”

Vick Victim

Photo by tru2myart

While the ASPCA does not believe Vick has been rehabilitated (Sayres says, “We are simply not convinced that Mr. Vick has demonstrated compassion toward animals as living beings or the necessary remorse for his criminal actions against them.”), the Humane Society of the United States has picked him up as a spokesperson for their new anti-dog fighting campaign.

While I can’t say if Vick does or doesn’t feel remorse about the unforgivable crimes he has committed, I do believe public exposure to this man does serve a purpose. It demands a dialog about the realities of dog fighting and the cruelties that face Pit Bulls on a daily basis.

One Response to “Dog News: The ASPCA “Dogs” Michael Vick”

  1. Sarahkate Says:

    In my personal opinion no prison sentence would be too long for the likes of Michael Vick. What on earth is this pro football team thinking is going to happen to their fan base, the way people feel? I would also like to comment that the mainstream news media loves to state that “Vick was convicted of bankrolling a dogfighting operation” and while that may be the minimal fact the REAL facts are much bigger and much worse. It seems the news media wants to get past the reality of what Vick did by calling him the money guy and not stating the full panoply of his crimes against animals which included deliberate torture.

    I would also like to know what others would do in my situation: I have new neighbors who are illegals and they look to be training pits for fighting at least the activities seem to look like that based on what I’ve read on the dog sites about this. However where I live nobody wants to deal with the “immigration problem” because it is too politically sensitive in this area. Based on what I saw of their cruelty to their own animals if I turn them in to AC and they suspect it was me my own animals (2 very old horses and one very old dog) would be in danger as would I. These are very scary people and police in my area are not interested in any “animal issues” esp. involving another country’s nationals. Advice to use while looking for another safer place to live?

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