PETA remains skeptical of Vick, considers protests at games
By Tom Pedulla, USA TODAY
Dan Shannon, a spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), questioned the sincerity of Michael Vick's expressed remorse hours after the quarterback was introduced Friday as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
"Not quite comfortable is how we feel about it," said Shannon. "It's possible he's on the right path and only time will tell. But we, as an organization, haven't seen sufficient evidence of that."
Vick took an eight-hour course offered by PETA, Developing Empathy for Animals, on Sept. 18, 2007.
According to Shannon, PETA's discomfort stemmed from months of discussions with Vick about broadcasting public service announcements aimed at helping to eliminate dogfighting. He said PETA suspected that the former NFL star was more interested in repairing his image than the cause itself and ended the talks in late January.
"It's hard to say what's really going on inside the guy," Shannon said. "Our worry was that he was doing it as a public relations move to try to regain his public image. Read More
The ironic thing about PETA being upset at Michael Vick is that they have killed tens of thousands of pets that they were responsible for. There is absolutely no excuse for what Vick did but he has paid his debt and will hopefully become a more constructive member of our society. The same can’t be said about PETA. The most unfortunate part of this whole situation is that the HSUS is using Vick to legitimize their organization. PETA should consider questioning HSUS's motives as well.