Five years ago, almost to the day, Michael Vick was the most hated man in America. Today, he’s getting standing ovations in stadiums around the country where the NFL quarterback plays football with the Philadelphia Eagles.
After his arrest in April of 2007, Michael Vick lost his $13 million per season NFL contract with the Atlanta Falcons. Nike dropped him from an endorsement deal worth millions more. He was charged with illegal dog fighting and sent to prison. It seemed as though the gifted athlete would suffer the consequences of his actions. His sick, disgusting, malicious, unforgivable actions.
Not so fast.
Not only did Vick not serve a single minute of jail time for animal cruelty, he has yet to show a shred of remorse for his actions. Because the notorious dog fighter pled “not guilty” to animal cruelty charges — charges that were eventually dropped in a plea bargain — and he was convicted only of bankrolling a dog fighting ring, he only served 19 months in prison before being welcomed back to the public spotlight.
And now, only 5 short years after 51 fighting dogs and the bodies of 9 more dead pit bulls were pulled from his Virginia home, appropriately called Bad Newz Kennels, Michael Vick seems to be faring better than ever. A contract with the Philadelphia Eagles guarantees him $35.5 million in salary. Nike has re-signed the convicted dog fighter with a new endorsement deal for undisclosed millions. He received BET’s Sportsman of the Year Award. His autobiography, Finally Free, is set to hit store shelves in September. He’s developed a clothing line, V7 Clothing, selling t-shirts with messages meant to reach out to young kids.
Possibly most disturbing of all, Vick’s 3 year ban on dog ownership expires this month and he’s now legally allowed to own a dog again – and is looking forward to letting his kids pick one out. In a smug interview with Piers Morgan for CNN, Vick says it’s not fair for his children to not have a dog of their own.
When asked what kind of dog he wanted, Vick jokingly replied, “I would let them [his children] pick it out. Certainly wouldn’t be a pit bull.”
Vick’s frightening talk of becoming a dog parent again prompted the ASPCA to make the following statement against it:
Despite spending 19 months in prison for running an illegal interstate dog fighting business, Vick hasn’t expressed a shred of empathy toward the dogs he brutalized and killed. And rather than talk about the horrors of dog fighting, he has consistently chosen to focus on the consequences of getting caught.
So, what can we do about it all?
Boycott Michael Vick. Don’t buy his book. Don’t buy his clothes. Don’t allow this dog murderer to capitalize on his illegal past.
Instead, let’s make a difference in the lives of the dogs that survived – the dogs that will spend the rest of their lives behind bars, legally unable to be placed in loving homes because of their fighting past – regardless of how caring and gentle they are.
Michael Vick’s book, Finally Free, will retail for $25. Instead of putting a single penny in this murderer’s pocket, we’re asking our readers to donate that same amount to one of several rescue organizations that will care for the un-adoptable Vick Dogs for the rest of their lives:
- Best Friends Animal Society
- BAD RAP (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls)
- Georgia SPCA
- All or Nothing Rescue
- Our Pack
- Richmond Animal League
- Recycled Love
- The Animal Farm Foundation
- The SPCA for Monterey
- Out of the Pits
- Animal Rescue of Tidewater
Many apologists argue that Vick has done his time and should be supported. It’s true Michael Vick served time for crimes associated with dogfighting, but he was never charged with nor has he served a minute of time for animal cruelty because of his plea bargain. The dogs that were rescued from his property will be paying for the rest of their lives because of his horrific crimes.
Dogs that were murdered and buried in the ground on his property paid the ultimate price. Many of us are still haunted by the horrific details of the abuse at Mr. Vick’s hands and refuse to support a dog killer, regardless of his ability to throw a football.
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