Animal-rights activist meets with Michael Vick
The disgraced quarterback might join the Humane Society in its campaign against dogfighting.
By Sam FarmerMay 20, 2009
As one of the country's leading animal-rights advocates, Wayne Pacelle never imagined he would be here -- eye to eye with Michael Vick, engaged in a heartfelt and productive conversation with the disgraced quarterback.
But Pacelle, president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, made two trips in the last month to meet with Vick in the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan. Vick, who has served 23 months for his involvement in a dogfighting conspiracy, is expected to be released as soon as today to begin serving two months of home confinement.
"Nobody was tougher on Michael Vick than we were," Pacelle said Tuesday in a telephone interview. "I did not imagine 23 months ago that I would be sitting opposite from Michael Vick at a small table and contemplating the idea of him joining our campaign against dogfighting."
Michael Vick was rightly punished for his role in dog fighting. However, isn’t it strange that he know wants to work with HSUS on anti-dog fighting programs. I say that because HSUS’s solution to handling the dogs that were confiscated was to kill them. Fortunately there were some people there that were actually there to help the dogs rather than pose for the cameras and most of them were saved. So even though Vick was involved with dog fighting, it’s tough to say that HSUS much more of a friend to the dog’s than he was.