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Michael Vick PSA?

Written by PETA | October 4, 2007

Update: Click here to read PETA President Ingrid Newkirk’s Op-Ed in The Virginian Pilot about why PETA brought Vick into the office.

Contrary to recent news reports, there is absolutely no agreement with Michael Vick to appear in a PETA public service announcement. However, we are in discussion with his representatives to do a PSA that would take the issue of dogfighting head on, dogfighter to dogfighter. But it would be under the strictest of guidelines. The script we discussed was:

“Look at me. I have lost everything—my career, my income, respect, friends. I’ve hurt my family, and I am an object of scorn. My life is ruined. I have gone from being a star to the gutter, and now I’m going to jail. Don’t be a loser like me. If you fight dogs, stop. And if you don’t, don’t start.”

If Vick were to do this, we would be very pleased. Short of that, it’s not happening. But what do you think? Should Michael Vick do a PSA directed at potential dogfighters to send the message that if you fight dogs, you will lose everything?

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  • RANDY LEE REYNA says:

    HIS SORRY MOTHERS KILLING THERE BABIES AND THE COURT SAYS THERE CRAZY AND PUTS THEM IN A HOSPITAL I THINK THAT IS WORSE IM 9 YEARS OLD I THINK THE JUDGE WAS WRONG MICHEAL VICK IS NOT A BAD PERSON JUST MADE SOME MISTAKES

  • Deborah K Ahrendt says:

    I would gag if this guy came on tv and said that. In my opinion it would only be a selfserving lie. How about if we have OJ do a PSA about how his career suffered because he was even accused of murder?

  • Jack says:

    Hi Mary. It isn’t and we do. Jack

  • Mary says:

    Peta Why is it ok to hunt and kill deers ducks and rabbits? But it is not ok to kill dogs and cats? And how come you do not fight against deer hunting?

  • Michael Strickland says:

    I think it’s an amazing idea to use Michael Vick to do a PSA against dogfighting. But I urge you not to be too rigid and inflexible with the exact wording of the script. Of course do not let him off easy but his appearance in a PSA of this nature would be so powerful that I think it would be a mistake to let the idea fail because the exact wording included above is not used.

  • anonymous says:

    Why not encourage Michael Vick to utilize his negative situation with a positive……encourage the reduction of Horse Slaughter with his fundingcreation of a Wild Horse Sanctuary in Texas?

  • hassan says:

    there are more important things in the world these peta idiots can be doing besides rejoicing the fact that another man is in jail. another blackman in jail wow whats new! I dont like the fact that dogs have been killed but this man lost it all for some dogs that did what they were bred to do! I think M Vick should be accountable for his actions but 23 months in jail for some dogs is crazy! people get less time for aggravated manslaughter in this country!

  • RICK says:

    PETA how many pitbulls kill and or maimed people last year alone? I personally think that breed of dog has no place in our society. Is it just to send a man to two years in prison for killing a dog but OK for drug pushers to get probation ofr selling drugs to our children. Old Judge Hudson probably will get some nice benefits out of Michael’s sentence

  • c says:

    This is weird . There’s a posting of a comment that I did not make. Here’s my comment I think this sadistic creature should beg for forgiveness for what he’s done and to ask fo forgiveness to escape burning n his own karmic hell for what’ he’s done. I have no idea why some people on this blog are turning this into a race issue. It’s about being a humanehuman being and TRULY accepting responsibility for your actions no matter color you are. It doesn’t make a difference to me. Soquit with the race thing .I also don’t think he REALLY is sorry for what he did.

  • c says:

    I think he should ask for mercy to not burn in karmic hell for what he didtook part in.

  • Pitty says:

    Show the booger dinc MV no mercy

  • rojo says:

    dana apart from the fact that I’m not american and am a grain grower well aware of shortfalls in grainprices have more than doubled for grain here where are the apples you are comparing. My statement was “people are not starving because grain is fed to cattle”. Grain has been so cheap that now it is being recognised as an energy source to the extent that at current prices it is eneconomic to feed to cattle. Fortunately most cattle weight gain is produced by grass consumption something humans will find unpalatable. Grain feeding is usually for a period of 100 days following 500 days on grass to add as you say some marbling. And taste. Of course beef may not be the way of the future pork and chicken have much better feed conversion ratios. I guess we’ll have to decide what is best for hungry people ethanol or meat when the rationing of grain begins. The distilled grains from ethanol can of course be used for animal feed a winwin situation.

  • Ariel says:

    All the proceeds should go to the HSUS and the dogs that suffer from this cruel sport? Sure the HSUS CEO would be thrilled to have his HUGE sixfigure salary increased! How about more like the proceeds should go to the people who are actually taking care of the dogs to cover the expenses and for the care of other dogs who are victims of dogfighting and for rewards for those who report other dogfighting activities and for campaigns against dogfighting. I wouldn’t even consider the HSUS to be the last place to be trusted to apply the proceeds to any of the above to the fullest!

  • Monica says:

    That PSA is a joke! All of the importance is placed on his “career”his “friends”who by the way were probobly there with him!Blah Blah Blah”I have nothing left” WHO CARES! Nothing was mentioned about the lives of the dogs he tortured and killed.If he cares at all it is only because he was caught!

  • margaret moore says:

    If Michael Vick does this commercial all proceeds should go to the HSUS and the dogs that suffer from this cruel sport.

  • Ilda Johnston says:

    is is true that Vick was arrested for Marijuana recently?

  • Kerry says:

    Not once has this Creature Vick said he was sorry and disgusted in himself for torturing those poor dogs.. Not once. He has not even admitted to it..just that he was present..He is a coward..After all is that not what this case is about the torture of animals? This Ad is a joke.. Maybe if PETA scripted in “Iam a disgusting coward and Iam so sorry for torturing and killing those dogs” it might mean something.. Come on PETA all this Ad would do is make this coward look like he is reformed.. Give me a break

  • Eve says:

    I think that the crualty of Mr Vick’s heart is not going to vanish with a simple statement but it would target easily influenced people for sure. People who look up at sports music or movies celebrities as role models. Yes I think it could influence that kind of people. I would like to add something for the people who write comments saying that animals are inferior or not intelligent. Is it a sign of higher intelligence from YOU to assume that you are superior in intellect to a being from a DIFFERENT SPECIE? It comes down to saying that if a frog scores low on a middleclass western civilization designed IQ test it proves that frog is dumb? Do you really think that is INTELLIGENT reasoning? Stop comparing animals to humans. It does not work that way. Once again they are differents species. They have their own ways. Who are we to judge them on a human scale? Could you say an orange has a bad apple taste compare to other apples? I made my point. The only way to go is to respect the animals and let them be. No eating no wearing no breeding no interfering at all. Open your eyes people and stop being dumb. Compassion IS a sign of superiority if such a thing exists anyway. Thanks for reading my post.

  • rojo says:

    dedrick don’t take it too personally judith is not known for her accuracy. Thankyou for an informative post.

  • rojo says:

    dana apart from the fact that I’m not american and am a grain grower well aware of shortfalls in grainprices have more than doubled for grain here where are the apples you are comparing. My statement was “people are not starving because grain is fed to cattle”. Grain has been so cheap that now it is being recognised as an energy source to the extent that at current prices it is eneconomic to feed to cattle. Fortunately most cattle weight gain is produced by grass consumption something humans will find unpalatable. Grain feeding is usually for a period of 100 days following 500 days on grass to add as you say some marbling. And taste. Of course beef may not be the way of the future pork and chicken have much better feed conversion ratios. I guess we’ll have to decide what is best for hungry people ethanol or meat when the rationing of grain begins. The distilled grains from etanol can of course be used for animal feed a winwin situation. No comments on the “facts” you presented?

  • Ariel says:

    10807 at 1108 pm “Concerned” and Vick followers urgently need to take a course in REALITY. Or get off their mindbending drugs fast! Seriously anyone who still idolizes Vick especially knowing that his own very dear “friends” plea bargained against him about his atrocities towards his dogs that “he loved”? are proving himself and herself to be mentally unstable. For goodness sake even Vick admitted to needing some kind of help. whether he meant it or not is another matter

  • Dedrick Tucker says:

    This is directed solely Judith Freedom Fighter i would first like to say that i am a black animal activist. And that i am beyond offended by your false information of how slaves came to america. if you were to tell that to an african or a person who knows what REALLY happened they would asked that you be spayed promptly. the europeans tricked the africans into using thier servants africans never had slaves they had indentured servants and the europeans went to the african kings of the gold coast of ghanna and ethiopia and zire and asked if they could use some of thier strong backed workers to help build a new nation the kings agreed but in return they asked for goods and supplies and that thier brother be returned home but the greedy americans kept coming back for more then the african kings said no because we need our brothers here then thats when the white man came back with arms and took them all kings servants and all of that. and they didnt stop there to prevent the nations from uniting and coming together they took the west africans and put them on the east coast and the tribes from upper africa to lower africa because none of them spoke the same language and therefore they could not unite. they destroyed africa’s heritange and they are still doing this today because no matter what Vick does it is not going to be good enough and as far as reperations yes they should becuase they did us the exact same way that they did the indians stole and raped a nation of people for thier own personal gain and peta is making an example out of vick something white people love to do especially with prominant black men with money they hate it not only do they want him to do time they want to see him damn near homeless but when this tennesssee walking horse scandal when down it just fizzled away you need to get your facts straight before you start spewing false doctrine about a race of people you obviously know nothing about

  • Peace says:

    I think there should be retribution for the horrible acts he committed however if I saw a PSA with him on it even though I would prefer to never see his face again I would look at it as fake and phony. In my heart I don’t believe that he actually feels bad for killing and torturing helpless animals for his own sick enjoyment rather I think he feels bad for getting caught and ruining his reputation. Also i would be curious if he was going to get paid for such a PSA. I would actually be OK with that as long as he agreed to donate the money to an abused animal shelter or something along those lines. I would just really think about the decision to have him on a PSA and whether people would take anything that comes out of that man’s mouth seriously. Peace.

  • Jacy Laure says:

    It would be very powerful to get Vick to do an ad. I do not agree with the majority of these posts stating that the script must be adhered to exactly as is….it sounds contrived. Perhaps being less extreme can reach more people. MikeVick’s ruined career speaks for itself. Lets not get psychotic about revenge on Vick at this point…lets use his bad action for change for good.

  • Ray says:

    I think PETA would be doing Michael Vick a service to have him in one of their PSA’s. The public is aware what he has done and how it has effected him including those who do what he did. Why would having him on a PSA have any effect on those that already host dog fights? How would it positively effect anyone for that matter? In my opinion it would assist him more that he would assist you… You are simply giving Micael Vick a way to feel closure to this horrible situation and PETA should never do that. In my opinion this proposed PSA would help his career more than the animals he has abused or future animals that are going to be abused… I think having the Atlanta Falcons owner on there showing the 3rd party effects that dog fights has on others… you think Vick lost the most $ through this ordeal I think not… or maybe have Momma Vick on there telling how she feels about her son’s actions… This will show people how it effects others around you… Maybe have Vick match the amount of $ he bet on fights as a donation to PETA… That would be the best way for PETA to advance through this… DO NOT HELP VICK APOLIGISE TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH A PETA PSA!!!