Written by PETA
PETA and millions of decent football fans around the world are disappointed that the Philadelphia Eagles have chosen to sign a man who hanged dogs from trees, electrocuted them with jumper cables, held them underwater until they drowned in his swimming pool, and even threw his own family dogs into the fighting pit to be torn to shreds while he laughed. What sort of message does this send to young fans who care about animals and don't want to see them be harmed?
PETA certainly hopes that Vick has learned his lesson and feels truly remorseful for his crimes—but since he's given no public indication that that's the case, only time will tell. At this point, all Eagles fans can do is cross their fingers and hope that they won't ever have to explain to their sons and daughters what a "rape rack" is and why their favorite player was using one, as Falcons fans once had to.
Written by Dan Shannon
Update: Many people have asked us how to complain to the NFL. You can send an e-mail to the NFL through its official contact form here. You can call the main office of the Philadelphia Eagles at 215-463-2500, and you can find mailing addresses here.
Also, please click here to join PETA in asking the NFL to require all its players—some of whom have been involved in a series of cruelty-to-animals cases—to attend PETA's "Developing Empathy for Animals" course. You can also urge the NFL to take cases of animal abuse seriously in the future by updating its policy on personal conduct.
If i have to hear one more idiot open his mouth and defend this guy like he grew up with this mentality and it's not his fault or he's paid his debt and has learned his lesson...give me a breeaaak! Seriously how naaive are you people...what the heck do you think he's going to say after he's been caught. Duh, yeah, he's going to say and do whatever he thinks the world, particularly the football world, wants to hear to get his career and subsequent paycheck back. He couldn't give a crap about those dogs. The only time he's probably felt anything is when the cameras are on him and he's being questioned about it and then it's like "Is this ever going to go away" I've never sensed sincerity in anything that monster has said. And who in their right mind hires a guy like that!!! Reeeal sportsman aint he though!
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