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Michael Vick Featured in New HSUS Anti-Animal Cruelty Videos

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Recently, the HSUS released two PSAs featuring controversial Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and convicted dog fighter Michael Vick.

One thirty second video shows Vick urging people to use their toll-free tip line to report any animal cruelty or fighting they witness. “If you see animal cruelty in your neighborhood, speak up,” Vick says. “Make the call.”

A second video, a two minute educational piece, features Vick speaking directly with young people, encouraging them to treat animals kindly. In it, Vick vows to help more animals than he hurt. He tells the group “Pets have feelings, they have emotions, we gotta give them the same type of lifestyle that we wanna have.”

This is not the first time Vick and the HSUS have worked together. In 2009, toward the end of his 18 month prison sentence, Vick met with HSUS president Wayne Pacelle to discuss working together on a campaign. Many animal advocates find their collaboration contestable, but Pacelle feels Vick is a changed man. Regardless, Pacelle says “There is a utility for the animal protection cause in having him out there speaking, especially in communities where we have not had a very strong voice.”

In 2009, the Eagles launched a campaign, “Treating Animals With Kindness,” which provided grant assistance to animal welfare organizations, including HSUS. Last year, Vick backed congressional anti-dogfighting legislation. Both Vick and Pacelle deny receiving any money for their collaboration on the ads or their campaign.

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  • Karrie Bradshaw

    What a disgraceful ad. Never NEVER says what the right thing to do is (stop dog fighting). He NEVER says he knows right from wrong (because he doesn’t) and he NEVER says NOT to be like him! He and Pacelle from HSUS are quite the pair: disgusting hypocrites.

  • Traceytomcat

    This man has nothing to say that I want to hear, he can never atone for his crimes, he’s an abuser and murderer, simple.

  • WickedCats

    Pacelle has no soul, and this collaboration shows it. Give me an effing break!

  • KGM

    Really? Why don’t you tell him every thing he should say so it gets your approval? The only disgrace would be if he ignored the situation. He hasn’t done that. He messed up. He knows it. He knows even doing these adds will lead to mindless criticism. Yet, he still does it. Talk about giving someone an effing break. How about you guys at least say ‘Well, I don’t like him but at least he isn’t doing nothing”. Figures you wouldn’t.

  • Adri

    Lisa Ashley and WickedCats, it seem like hating Michael Vick is more important to you than preventing dogfighting. It is happening every day in communities like Philly and the HSUS is trying to stop it, even when it offends people like you. What have you ever done to keep young African-American boys from fighting pitbulls?

  • Participating in dog fighting is no different than eating meat or wearing leather. People are such hypocrites. How about criticizing ALL forms of animal exploitation? Vick isn’t the only one.

  • Jacqueline

    Michael Vic did not start dog or animal fighting! Let it go and do what you are suppose to do…

    Isn’t this been a long standing tradition, going bird shooting, cock fighting, dog fighting etc.

    Get a life cause you sure don’t have one!

    You all kill humans everyday as if it’s nothing! you have the nerve to talk about doing fighting!

  • Alice

    Pacelle stated that neither he nor Vick is (personally) receiving money related to their collaboration. That doesn’t mean the HSUS isn’t receiving megabucks from Vick’s deep pocketed friends and associates.

    Pacelle is using donations from hoodwinked animal lovers to tour the country with Vick and to promote himself and HSUS. The long-time publicity hound said “the videos will broaden our audience.” That is his motivation, not saving animals. His other claim – that Vick has already saved ten times more dogs than were “harmed” by his dogfighting operation is a despicable statement (the dogs were tortured and KILLED) and a lie as well. HSUS hasn’t done anything to reduce the amount of dogfighting, and arrests and impoundments of pit bulls has actually decreased since Vick’s arrest, The investigations and raids that have been undertaken are mainly the work of (unaffiliated with HSUS) local animal welfare organizations and shelters, in collaboration with local law enforcement. HSUS is involved in very few, especially since their dogfighting expert is the former Animal Liberation Front spokesman, convicted criminal, high school dropout, and pit bull killing advocate J.P. Goodwin.

    Having Michael Vick pitch the tip line is no different than having Jerry Sandusky do PSAs to report child sodomy. Wayne P couldn’t care less, as long as his name is in the media and the money comes rolling in.

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