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What's next for Michael Vick?

May 20, 2009 | By Rachel G.

You may have seen the news that Michael Vick has been released from prison, and that The Humane Society of the United States is going to provide an opportunity for him to get involved in some of our anti-dogfighting outreach programs. Animal advocates might be skeptical, as I was, about whether a man who committed such horrible acts to dogs could do anything positive to help animals. But I want to give him the chance to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. If he is serious -- and we’ll soon find out -- then Vick can help HSUS reach young men in urban communities and tell his story about dogfighting being a dead end. Our on-the-street programs teach at-risk kids that pit bulls are friends, not fighters. I wanted to share with you my blog which I've just posted today, which elaborates on my thinking.

Blog address: hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2009/05/michael-vick.html

Sincerely,

Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States
Judy A.
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Judy A.
4 years ago

Rachel, I agree. Someone like this might reach more young people than a well known animal activist. It can't hurt and we need all the help we can get. Let's see what happens and if all fails, he'll just go out a make millions playing football. Fair? No, but maybe he can save just one and that one is worth it.

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Brandi O.
4 years ago

First off let me say this he was going to do the same thing with PETA but they asked him to take a Lie det. test and he would not the Q's were this are you sorry for fighting the dog ? are you doing this to save face? and the last one was are you doing this to make your self look good and guess what he said he would not take the test why is that here is the answer he would have not passed he is only sorry that he got in trouble he never say sorry for the dogs he killed or the dogs that he hurt he only said sorry to his family and to his fans come one people you can not see he is just making face would you look at some one that is fighting dog fighting to be the one that is doing it now I can see asking to use his story to make a point and giving the money to help dogs and if he said yes then maybe he is truly sorry but I don't see that do you ?

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Frmnsk
4 years ago

This was a little difficult to read because of the lack of punctuation. Any way, Michael Vick is a worthless piece of garbage and if anyone can change his way of thinking then more power to you. Just make sure he's supervised closely. Garbage like him can't be trusted alone with helpless animals and they should not have to suffer because you've decided to risk their lives.

Brandi O.
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Brandi O.
4 years ago

glad you think the same way I do

Lori R.
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Lori R.
4 years ago

The definition of "Humane"
adj. 1, Kind or compassionate. 2. Emphasizing humanistic values and concerns.

I want to thank you
Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States
for your humane handiling of this situation.
"Thank You!"
Your kindness in offering forgivness and support to Michael Vick is a great example of how we should be treating one and another in hopes for a positive change in all of mankind.
I was one of the many that were disgusted by Michael Vick's actions and involvment with the treatment of thoses dogs. And like you I willing to forgive Michael for his crimes and support him in spreading awarness.
"Thank you" again for reminding us all how we should be, by setting such a great example.
Sincerely
Humane Animal Lover

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