Convicted dog fighter Michael Vick teams with the HSUS

You couldn’t turn on the T.V. or radio yesterday without hearing about former NFL quarterback and convicted dog fighter Michael Vick’s release from prison. However, the news that caught me off guard was the decision of HSUS to team with Vick in an anti dog fighting campaign. It seems unlikely that Vick has had a sudden change of heart on this issue. However, I’m a fan of giving people second chances. What concerns me is figuring out where HSUS’s true motives lie.


Here’s what the Center for Consumer Freedom has to say:

Good Newz for Michael Vick is Bad Newz for HSUS

Yesterday afternoon the Associated Press broke some peculiar news about the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): The disingenuously named animal rights group has forged an alliance with disgraced NFL quarterback Michael Vick. Given the group’s well-publicized campaigns against dogfighting (a rare issue on which we wholeheartedly agree with the anti-meat giant), HSUS’s sudden change of heart about the convicted dog abuser may come as a surprise. It shouldn’t. Because as we’re telling the media today, HSUS has a history of tapping into the Michael Vick case for its own gain.

Let’s recap: Vick was indicted for his dogfighting operation on July 17, 2008. Less than twenty-four hours later, HSUS was raising money on the promise that funds would be used to “care for” Vick’s dogs. Then The New York Times reported that the group had absolutely nothing to do with “caring for” the animals. Again, no surprise — HSUS doesn’t operate a single pet shelter anywhere in America.

In fact, HSUS President Wayne Pacelle told the Times he had no idea who rescued the dogs, or where they were. But whoever had them, Pacelle advised, ought to kill them.

We publicized this deception, and HSUS quietly altered its fundraising pitch.

Fast-forward to this week. Now that most of Vick’s dogs are being rehabilitated (without the help or blessing of HSUS), the group is welcoming their oppressor with open arms, fresh from the slammer.


Pacelle says it’s because Vick can use his influence to tell kids that dogfighting is uncool. But here’s our guess: HSUS knows that most Americans are dog lovers. And Vick’s early release from federal prison is a great opportunity to turn that sympathy into donations for its anti-meat, anti-dairy, and anti-medical-research campaigns. Again.

Animal advocates everywhere should demand that HSUS return the money it raised on the false promise that it would do something distinctly humane. Is that too much to ask from a “humane society”?


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  1. Windy and the Pittie Grrls

    Vick and his ilk are not and never will be worthy of public redemption.

    These so-called ‘men’ did not humanely euthanize dogs that did not make the cut for their heinous operation. We all remember the reports of Vick personally hanging dogs by their necks, slamming their skulls into the concrete until they convulsed and died and throwing family pets into the pit to train his fighters to kill. But what about this report, taken from a blog post by Donna, co-founder of BADRAP (

    “Jumper cables were clipped onto the ears of underperforming dogs, then, just like with a car, the cables were connected to the terminals of car batteries before lifting and tossing the shamed dogs into the water. Most of Vick’s dogs were small – 40lbs or so – so tossing them in would’ve been fast and easy work for thick athlete arms. We don’t know how many suffered this premeditated murder, but the damage to the pool walls tells a story. It seems that while they were scrambling to escape, they scratched and clawed at the pool liner and bit at the dented aluminum sides like a hungry dog on a tin can.”

    They actually sat around and thought up indescribably cruel methods of torture and agonizing death for their own pleasure and entertainment. Who watches while another living thing screams, bleeds, shatters, and slowly dies under his own hand? I’ll tell you who- Vlad the Impaler, Josef Mengele, Saddam Hussein… people whom have been granted the title, “monster” by humanity and will forever be hated and reviled. Let us not forget this as we struggle with ‘forgiveness’ of Vick and his cronies who clipped jumper cables to dogs’ ears and slammed their broken bodies into the concrete.

    Is it possible that Vick was just disadvantaged and didn’t know any better and he’s “all better now”? I don’t believe it! What about the thousands of disadvantaged youth who see dogfighting and DON’T get involved because they are driven by an internal compass that tells them torturing and killing is wrong? I don’t think evil can be expunged from someone so twisted at their core that they could count their money and cheer as they watched their ‘best dogs’ rip the flesh from each others’ bones and condemn the rest to violent and agonizing deaths at their own hands.

    Vick may have served his time for racketeering, but he plead “Not guilty.” for the charges of animal cruelty. His so-called ‘remorse’ for his actions after the fact were well-rehearsed, as evidenced by a scrap of paper left behind at the podium where he sang his sorry song. This whole collaborative effort with the HSUS was not his idea- it was a clever PR move staged by his agents and handlers to help buy him public sympathy and help make him appear more deserving of re-instatement to the NFL- his real motive behind all this.

    Has he ever once asked after his former dogs, the ones who survived his prison camp and training center and are being cared for people with real compassion and altruism? Did he ever once make a statement during his incarceration indicating true understanding of the crimes of morality he committed against those innocent creatures under his care?
    Is he a “powerful and persuasive” entity who can sway at-risk youth and thousands of rabid football fans to buy into his latest rhetoric? Sure. Most sociopaths are disarmingly convincing when they want something; it’s part of the clinical definition. As a nurse, I used to work with severely disturbed youth in a psychiatric institution, many of whom had tortured and killed animals. I remember looking into the dull and soulless eyes of one boy who had gouged the eyes out of every one of a litter of kittens and he described how they squished and popped like little grapes between his fingers. When I asked him why he did that, he said he simply LIKED watching the blinded kittens stagger about in pain and terror, crying out for their mother. That’s when I knew evil existed for its own sake.

    Picking up Vick is like making a deal with the devil. He’ll be a messenger alright, but the message will be, “Orchestrating and personally conducting the maiming and killing of countless dogs for pleasure and profit while lying, bold-faced, about it for six years is OK, as long as you convince enough saps you’re a victim of your past and were too weak to make moral decisions on your own. Oh, and it helps if you have a good PR machine and lots of photo ops with the doggie crusaders.”

    So long, HSUS- I won’t be donating any of my hard earned money to an organization that will be spending it on Vick’s image rehabilitation.

    “Since compassion for animals is so intimately associated with goodness of character, it may be confidently asserted that whoever is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” ~
    Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality

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