Michael Vick: No Angel, But Should He Get PETA?

Craig ShoreyContributor IMay 20, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - JULY 26:  Protestors from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals carry signs as they wait for Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to appear for a bond hearing and arraignment in federal court July 26, 2007 in Richmond, Virginia. Vick and three associates were indicted earlier this month on charges related to their alleged role in an interstate dogfighting ring.  (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

Granted, the things Michael Vick and his crew did to those dogs were horrible, unlawful, and turns the stomach of even non-PETA members.

He has been in jail nearly two years, lost more money than most of us will make in five life times, and now he will haunted by animal activists at whatever job he takes.

Vick has paid his debt to society and then some if you ask me. The only reason he has been in jail this long is because unfortunately for him in addition to the animal cruelty he crossed state lines to participate in what the government calls racketeering.

PETA has just been waiting for the opportunity to hunt and haunt this man. I wish I was shocked about by that.

Back in September of 2007, Vick met with PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. He apologized for his crimes and agreed to take an eight hour course called “Developing Empathy for Animals”.

He did attend the class and passed a written test that was given to him by PETA.

Vick also under court rule of course, has placed $1 million in an escrow account to take care of the rescued dogs. Doing these things he should be good with PETA, right?

Oh no, of course not.

Now, according to PETA’s Web site, they have written the NFL office requesting that Vick not be reinstated until he gets a brain scan and takes some test.

They are asking their supporters to send the same letter by email right off their site.


Because PETA believes Vick may have an “anti-social personality disorder” referred to as APD making him “often charming, prone to lying and manipulation, and incapable of genuine remorse”.

How many professional athletes would qualify for having APD? And then what should the league do if is diagnosed with it?

I am certain although there are no current reports that I am aware of, that as soon as Vick is completely out of jail and especially if he gets an NFL job PETA will protest the heck out of this guy.

No doubt the plans PETA have in mind to work against Vick and give them some more notoriety will be so dreadful and relentless that they should and even may be put in jail for themselves.

Unfortunately for Vick, this group thinks it is honorable to go to jail for crimes against humans in the name of animal rights.

Hey PETA, for once decide to do something that impressions someone who is not on your membership roll.

Tell the world that while you cannot judge Vick’s sincerity, nor guarantee that he will not commit crimes against animals in the future, you applaud his efforts to meet with PETA and take all the training you offered him.

Share with the world that you will not in any way do anything to hinder Vick from seeking employment and making a living. Wish him the best as he attempts to put his life back together.

If PETA does that, I’ll send them a check myself.

I am sure my money will be safe.