It seems that most animal lovers that I know have been keeping tabs on the Michael Vick case. You may remember that he was convicted of dog fighting and served time in prison for his crimes. He is now out and has talked with the animal welfare organization The Humane Society about helping with programs designed to prevent youths from getting involved in dogfighting, and also to help youths who have been involved.
The HSUS has worked very hard towards the enactment of strong federal laws to crack down on animal fighting. Laws were passed to ban any interstate or foreign transport of animals for fighting and upgrade penalties with amendments to the Animal Welfare Act in 2002. So why would a group that worked so hard against animal fighting now want Michael Vick to join their crew?
To help educate others about the horrors of dog fighting. According to the blog written by Wayne Pacelle, Vick “grew up with dogfighting as a boy, and that he never sufficiently questioned it as he grew into manhood”. The hope is that through education programs, as well as stricter laws, dog fighting may actually become a thing of the past.
If Vick has truly seen the error of his ways, I think that working with animal groups to help educate people about why dog fighting is wrong, is an great way to start to make up for what he has done. What do you think?