Michael Vick will be speaking before Congress on a bill that would impose penalties on those who support or attend animal fights.
Vick served 21 months of a 23-month sentence for dogfighting charges, and has since claimed to be on the other side of dogfighting and working with organizations that oppose it. His next effort? He will address Congress on H.R. 2492, a bill that, if passed, will “penalize those who finance and/or attend dog and cock fights and impose additional penalties on those who bring children to such events.”
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), will also be present to speak about the bill. In response to any questioning there may be as to the organization working with Vick on the issue of dogfighting, the HSUS has said “When Vick was close to finishing his prison sentence, his representatives approached…Wayne Pacelle. He dismissed their first offers, but agreed to meet with Vick after considering the potential that Vick had to reach the estimated 100,000 participants in urban street dogfighting. If there was a chance that Vick could save one dog from suffering the same abuse he inflicted, the proposal was worth our consideration.”
While Vick says that he is now fighting for dogs, the dogs that were forced to fight for him are still healing inside and out. You can read more about the dogs rescued from Vick’s “Bad Newz Kennel” from the Best Friends Animal Society, still home to some of the dogs they have named “Vicktory Dogs.” They also provide a video update, check it out below!