NFL star Michael Vick supports Humane Society's anti-dog fighting bill
Jul 20, 2011
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick appeared on Capitol Hill yesterday to lobby members of Congress to pass the Humane Society of the United States'-supported Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, the Huffington Post reports.
Vick, who served 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to felony dog-fighting charges in 2007, has become an outspoken advocate for the campaign to end animal fighting, the news source reports. He is now supporting the bi-partisan legislation introduced last week by U.S. Representatives Tom Marino, R-Pa., and Betty Sutton, D-Ohio, that would prohibit knowing attendance at organized animal fights and increase penalties for bringing children to the events, the HSUS reports.
"Too many kids get involved in dogfighting, and it's time to break this cycle," Vick said at the press conference at the capital. "Animal fighting is a dead-end road for young men, and there's nothing but terrible outcomes for the dogs placed in a pit to fight."
The charges against Vick in 2007 attracted national attention, and the negative publicity nearly ended his career, the Huffington Post reports. Since his release from prison in 2009, he has been working with the HSUS to steer young people in at-risk communities away from the inhumane and illegal sport.