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Vick Admits to Playing a Role in Dog Deaths

Written by PETA | August 24, 2007

In a plea agreement entered today, Michael Vick, who was indicted last month for his role in a professional dogfighting operation, admitted that he had provided “most of the ‘Bad Newz Kennels’ operation and gambling proceeds” and admitted playing a role in the deaths of at least 6-8 dogs earlier this spring (some of these dogs were strangled or drowned). You can read CNN’s story about the plea agreement and comments from the public here.

It’s up to a judge now to decide Vick’s sentence and fine. I was appalled to learn that the maximum jail sentence for Vick’s offense is only 5 years.

If you’re like me, and you want to do something now, let the powers that be know right now that you won’t tolerate this kind of cruelty, contact the NFL and urge them to add cruelty to animals—in all its forms—to its “Personal Conduct Policy.” This case has shown that NFL fans are just as disgusted by cruelty to animals as by any of the other antisocial behaviors outlined in the policy. Click here to contact the NFL now, and be sure to pick up a “Dogfighters are Cowardly Scum” t-shirt from Café Press.

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  • Jamal says:

    I think all of u guys are idiots to begin with ok so michael vick made a mistake who doesnt? you guys talk about him like you never made a done anything wrong before. your all hypocrites you probably havent do anything to a dog but you aint no saint like you claim to be. I hate how poeple blow everything out of proportion just because its a celebrity. I think that PETA are the biggest hypocrites of them all them talk about saving dogs but they put dogs down the dogs that were saved. why not help the dogs that really need saving like i said before you people take thing and run with it when a celeb gets in trouble. PETA is just in it for the press trying to make themselves look good when really they look like a bunch of idiots with their heads stuck up their ass

  • Gina says:

    I’m wondering if Maricopa County law enforcement is doing something to bring charges against Earl Simmons aka DMX? Isn’t this the second time authorities have found 10 to 13 “distressed” pit bulls on his property and also the remains of others tied up in garbage bags then into body bags and dumped into some holes someone dug in the yard. Wasn’t the first time the same thing happened in 2002 and what exactly was done? How despicable to blame the so called caretaker when the owner DMX is the responsible and primary person who should be held accountable for these acts of animal cruelty. Let’s see 107 degree weather in the AZ heat and the feds had to be the ones to give these poor creatures water! It’s appalling and I would like to know if anyone there is involved in any way to bring this sad excuse for a human to justice. Put the son of a bitch DMX out in 107 degree heat with no food or water for several days then when he’s near death blame it on the caretaker any other person will do just blame someone else and if he dies it will be ok because you know it’s the caretakers fault! Then dig a hole in the back yard for his grave next to the DOGS HE LOVES SO MUCH! I hope he goes to prison and gets a large broomstick shoved up his black ass as a welcoming. If this is how he shows his dogs his LOVE I’d hate to see how he’d treat them if he HATED them. It’s appalling that this cowardly scumbag was allowed to own a large number of pit bulls for a SECOND TIME and to abuse and kill them AGAIN! These animals had no voice to defend themselves so who will?? So far it hasn’t been Maricopa Counties law enforcement I hope that will change before he does it a THIRD TIME TO 13 MORE PIT BULLS AND HAS MORE REMAINS IN BODY BAGS!!

  • vic says:

    a man wat you did was bad but i think he should not go to jail because 1 he’s my favorite player and 2 they say that his friends did it not him oh yea and his friends are not true friends cuzz they busted on him

  • Daniel says:

    Vick you did nothing wrong. The sport of dogfighting has been around this country for hundreds of years. Great men like Abraham Lincoln fought gamecocks because he liked animal sports. We admire the courage game and the valor that these animals carry and that is why we will always have them with us.

  • Anonymous says:

    murder is murder this guy needs to rott in Iraq and spend his life fighting for his life! like those dogs I feel so mad right now there is no reason for murdering animals yourself you cimmitted the crime now deal with the consiquences. I’m tired of these ” i found God” noooooo if he really did he would donate money to peta become a vegetarian and become a spokesperson for PETA!

  • Willie James Scott says:

    I’m sorry why in a world where we love to see the running of the bulls show our deer hunting and every other type of hunting fun we can think of and even when our VP shoots his Bud in the butt we can see the point or understand it. but a man fights and kills dogs and he is the worse person in the world. Go to any hunting club in south Ga and any other hunting club in America and check the grounds and see how many dead dogs you will find and they didn’t just die there they we KILLED you bunch of judgemental nut bags When will our fed gov get involed…..Never cuz cousin roy and uncle ed been there for years

  • SATINKA says:

    Renee Coleman everybody else who is trying to make MV heinous killing a racial issue “THE ANIMALS OF THE WORLD EXIST FOR THEIR OWN REASONS. THEY WERE NOT MADE FOR HUMANS ANY MORE THAN BLACK PEOPLE WERE MADE FOR WHITES OR WOMEN FOR MEN”ALICE WALKER black woman novelist and author of The Color Purple AGAIN MV IS A SICK PERSON PEOPLE NORMALLY DO NOT ACT OUT LIKE THAT UNLESS THERE IS SOME DEEP PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEM WITH THEM. TYRING TO DEFEND THEM UNDER THE GUISE OF RACISM IS A PRETTY PATHETIC ARGUMENT INFACT IT ISN’T EVEN AN ARGUMENT SO MUCH AS AN IGNORANT OPINION. HOLDING MV ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS ACTIONS IS THE RIGHT THING NOT A RACIAL THING. WE ALL SHOULD PUT THE PRESSURE ON ANY SORT OF “ANIMAL SPORT” AND YES ABSOLUTELY THAT INCLUDES HUNTING. PARTICIPATING IN THESE DESPICABLE KILLING OF ANIMALS IN THE NAME OF “TRADITION” AND “CULTURE” AND ANY OTHER EXCUSE TO SHOOT HANG KILL OR MAIM SHOULD NO LONGER BE TOLERATED PERIOD. NO EXCUSES 0 TOLERANCE. GO VEGAN!

  • "S" on my chest from Paterson, New Jersey says:

    Mr. Vick should be ashamed of himself…making the dogs fight is not something that should lead to a person serving a hefty jail sentence but drowning and strangling them does. How could you do something like that to a dog? He’s a savage along with whoever else was involved in the killing of those poor dogs all because they couldn’t win a stupid dog fight.

  • THA QUEEN says:

    ALL THE PPL THAT BRING THE RACE INTO IT ARE JUST PLAIN STUPID..THATS IT STUPID..GO EDUCATE URSELVES!!! YOU’RE LOOKIN’ DOWN ON URSELF ‘CUZ UR BLACKND THATS Y UR “STICKIN WIT UR BLACK PPL” HOW U THINK IS HOW U LIVE UR LIFE…SO IF UR AN UNEDUCATED IGNORANOUS THAT USES “THATS CUZ I’M BLACK” EXCUSE FOR EVERYTHING YOU DON’T EVEN COUNT U AIN’T A REAL PERSON UR BRAIN DEAD A FUCKIN PARROT!!! DONT ENVOLVE URSELF WITH SERIOUS ISSUES AND CONVERSATIONS IT’S BEYOND UR PEANUT BRAIN…GET OUTTA HERE…STOP EMBERRASSING URSELF….IF VICK WAS WHITE THE REACTION WOULD STILL BE THE SAME ID HATE HIM THE SAME AS EVERYONE ELSE WOULD…BY THE WAY THOSE IDIOTS THAT SAY THAT HE’S YOUNG AND TALENTED AND HE’S MAKIN MONEY THE HONEST WAY ARE BEYOND DUMB CUZ HES BEIN CHARGED FOR PARTICIPATING IN DOG FIGHTING AND THATS A BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY WHICH IS ILEGAL U DUMB FUCKS!!! O YEAH GOD?????? LOL U RETARDS TRY TO BRING GOD TO A MAN THAT STRANGLED ELECTRECUTED DROWNED AND TORTURED DOGS FOR ENTERTAINMENT “SPORT”????UR FUCKKKEEEDDDDDDD….TAKE UR SORRY ASS HOME N KEEP UR SAD LIL OPINIONS THERE ND FEEL BAD FOR URSELD N “UR BLACK PPL” N COME UP WIT STORIES BOUT GOD JUSTIFYING “WHITE” PPL AND BLACK PPL LIKE VICK GOIN’ TO HEAVEN…WHITE PPL LIKE DOGS BETTER THAN BLACK PPL?????? ONLY SOME UGLY DUMB UNEDUCATED MORON WIT NO CONFIDENCE WOULD SAY THAT…PPL LIKE THAT R LOSERS IN LIFES THEY HAVE NO AMBITIONS NOTHIN’…THEY THINK EVERYTHINGS AGAINST ‘EM INSTEAD OF DOING THINGS WITH THEIR LIVES THEY SIT THERE N CPOMPLAIN…I BET UR SORRY AS IS WORKIN’ AT MCDONALDS OR SOMETHIN’…YO I CANT EVEN BE BOTHERED WIT SOMEONE THAT DUMB…I’M AUDI PRAY THAT U’LL NEVER MEET ME..OR I’LL KNOCK SOME SENCE INTO UR LIL BRAIN FOR REAL!!!

  • Tabitha says:

    Mike is getting everything he deserves the dogs DID NOT deserve to die.

  • SATINKA says:

    Is it me or is “Anonymous” next to vick is as uneducated and stupid. Let vick fry for his vile actions. Max time in the cozy prison and a ban for life from the nfl. Let the next guy who deserves the privilege to get paid millions of dollars take his place. That to me is letting him off easy if it were up to me I’d let the dogs feast on him guilt free. WHO LET THE DOGS OUT!! HOO HOO LOL

  • Sarah says:

    I’m appaled to hear that he only gets 5 years in prison in my opinion he should be punished more severly or given the electric chair. I rescue dogs out here on the Navajo resevation and rescue dogs From fighters. I’ve seen some horrible things but what he has done is way beyond what I’ve seen.

  • Map says:

    I’m reading over the articles and comments and keep coming to this BUY a tshirt BUY a hoodie BUY this BUY that…whats the deal? Its seems like peta is trying to make some money off this whole vick thing.I see nothing that tells me how much of the money I spend on the peta website goes to help the cause. I own a pitbull myself and think what he did is terrible but i’m capable of making my own shirt or sign that say’s i’m against it why do i need to BUY something from peta to express it? And to the people who say vick should die and rot in hell and suffer the same torture as the dogs whats your guys problem in one breath you say what vick did to these tremendous dogs is unforgivable but then call for the same to happen to him. that doesn’t make sense. no doubt vick and people like him are sick but let’s not stoop to his level.

  • Anonymous says:

    fuck all that shit about!!!! let my boy mike vick go IT WAS JUST FUCKIN DOGS SHIT IF DIDN’T AND MAKE MONEY OFF OF IT SOMEONE ELSE WOULD HAVE DID IT AND THE DOG DEATH TOLL WOULD HAVE BEEN HIGHER

  • Carl says:

    Vick is going to prison will lose probably 70 million dollars in contract money. Most likely is out of a job will pay a fine and will have PETA people harassing him for the rest of his life. That is punishment enough.

  • Mary says:

    I think that Vick should go to jail but not as long as the court wants him to. I mean look at everyone else that done this very same thing and didn’t nobody make a big deal out of it but no when a NFL FOOTBALL PLAYER “does” it everyone wants to make a big deal out of it why? Everyone should get treated the same when it’s something like thisbecuase as it seems they just want to put Vick on the spot just becuase he is famous? No that’s just wrongbecause if just old anybody does it they should be put on the spot to but they wont…PEOPLE THESE DAYS NEED TO LEARN HOW TO TREAT PEOPLE THE SAME NOT DIFFERENT….Just like the old saying goes “TREAT PEOPLE HOW YOU WANT TO BE TREATED” we should live up to thatbecuse it is ture…

  • lyn says:

    I would like to simply describe Mike Vick’s apology as unconvincing stoic and inane. What he did is not a ‘mistake’ because a mistake does not go on for years and years. He was fully aware that his actions were illegal. He is only sorrowful because he was caught. His behavior was beyond ‘immature’ it borders on sociopathic. I wish I could have seen and heard him say he wanted to donate money to rescue organizations perform community service at a local animal shelter educate people of all ages about animal welfaresafetycare and about the horrors of dogfighting and the overall mistreatment of animals of all kinds and apologize to his family for the embarassment they have had to endure but NO I did not hear this. Why? because he is not sincere. Well I hope that the next time Mike gets down on his knees to glorify and praise the lord that he also asks G to fill his mind body and spirit with humility peace love selfrespect and compassion. Until he fully comprehends the severity of his behavior he will never be on the road to recovery.

  • observer says:

    checking back guess my computer time went off yesterday before my other comment went through to 007 it amazes me too that they won’t don’t can’t get it. so we’ll have to leave out the parts of thinking feeling and human. breathing beings suffices! lol normal person if you want to know what a normal people think read the comments from the animal activists!!!! curious what are you doing about the war and the katrina victims???? today sophia thanks but I’m only singing with the choir. not once have I read any of them come back and say oh now I understand. not once have I ever read any of them coming back to answer questions like I asked of so called normal person!!! they’re soooo pathetic they defy imagination!! lol

  • Tyler (Vick Fan) says:

    Okay so yea he may have had something to do with this stuff but you cant deny the fact that he is an awesome QB and that he is very exciting to watch. Im gunna still wear his jersey and not care what people say. He is part of the reson pitbulls have bad names. his dogs were trained to fight i own a pit and its the friendliest dog in the world. So people who criticize pitbulls can look at Vick and see why they are hated on. But anyway Vick is awesome and im not gunna dislike him for the fact he did what he did. GO ATLANTA!!!!!!

  • 007 says:

    dear socalled normal person you’re not sounding normal in your inane post. can’t believe you don’t understand by now that’s it’s NOT just about dogs it’s about TORTURE TORTURE! and that anybody capable of torturing a dog is capable of torturing a human being thus the MORAL outrage! SO get on point and stop being so dumb.

  • Majestic says:

    “Slave masters did not think it was a big deal to own people because they were “just blacks” I won’t use the horrible “n” word even when using it to illustrate..” I’m sorry Michele but you can’t sell me on the “Black Slaves” VS Dog theory. Michele you do REALIZE that during the Slavery period DOGS were treated better than Slaves.. Slaves were considered ‘cattle’… So everyone needs to stop comparing Slavery to this case about Dogs..If Vick was white ‘Slavery’ would not be mentioned… Blacks were SLAVES in America for 300 years..Dogs have always been free… You need to come up with a better comparison than that Michele…And thank you for not using the “N” word since it has NOTHING to do with the “Vick Vs Dog” case…If you think that Vick is the “N” word then that’s your business but you need to keep those thoughts to yourself.. PETA does not stand for racism and that is a fact…

  • sophia says:

    To ObserverWell put my friend couldn’t have said it better!! Renee ColemanWhat?? Obviously you didn’t proof read your post before sending it. You should reread it and see how stupid you sound. By the way don’t bother praying for me. My God loves animals and wants them treated well.

  • Michele says:

    Majestic that is terrible that Vick might not get to make his gazillions of dollars anymore… NOT! You say that he has a right to earn a living once he serves his time? Well what about the dogs’ rights to a crueltyfree existence? Vick willingly and continually violated those rights in a sick vicious manner that is indicative of mental illness. He can get a job at McDonalds when he gets out of the “big house” he does not deserve to be rewarded. Those of you who think it was no big deal because they were “just dogs”? Slave masters did not think it was a big deal to own people because they were “just blacks” I won’t use the horrible “n” word even when using it to illustrate a point. The Nazis did not think it was a big deal to conduct sickening experiments in the concentration camps because it was “just Jews”. Some day probably not in my lifetime people will stop treating animals like property. Centuries from now people will not be able to imagine that humans used to be so cruel to nonhuman animals humans are animals themselves after all…

  • Majestic says:

    I’ve been reading replies in this blog and I am amazed. I am a Black American and I LOVE dogs and I think it is INSANE what Vick and his friends and family did to those innocent animals. Vick should have been HONEST from the begining and owned up to what he did. Insteadhe lied to his Boss his Diehard fansthe Public and even to his FAMILY. Like I said earlier his Internationally admitance earlier today is a ‘Babystep’ to taking responsibility for what went on at an estate that was in his name and operated by his family member. This case should not be a ‘racial issue’ when it’s simply Man VS Animal. We are talking about our country so when a Black person is prosecuted racial issues always shows up somewhere. Jamie Foxx’s statement that DogFighting is ‘Cultural’ is TOTAL ABSOLUTE GARBAGE. Jamie’s atttempt to standup for Vick FAILED when he made that public statement. Vick is getting hit HARD even from the Black community which does NOT condone Animal abuse. Let’s see what Vick does up until his sentencing on December 10th. Vick’s Life his Career can still be saved if he is sincere about taking responsibility for what he did and the change he claims he will make. No one has to forgive him or even like him. Vick has to come to terms with his own Demons and if he is sincere about finding Jesus then that is another step in repenting. Vick is going to realize that God played a role in uncovering what he did to those innocent animals.. Vick is now at the lowest point of his Life Career considering he had so much at the young age of 27. PETA had every right to protest make demands on the NFL Vick’s sponsors. Now that Vick has publicly admitted his Guilt and claims to want to change is PETA going to give him the time he needs to make amends or will PETA continue to push for Vick’s firing? Vick is suspended which means he will not be able to play until a sentencing has been passed providing what the sentence may entail RePrison time. Vick has lost the Respect from his NFL associatesFans family members and the Country.. Let’s see what Vick does with what he calls “DownTime”..Vick serving a 5 year sentence will not help PETA’s cause. However if Vick is sincere about changing and redeeming himself then he should work with PETA to make that change..

  • K Heywood says:

    I feel that Michael Vick in a NFL Position would be very advantagious for PETA.PETA would have an alie Vick in a highly visable arena.He could do commercials free of charge against animal cruelty. A percentage of his salary could go to PETA and the programs they support.In the summer months he could also be involved in a summer program that would incouragesupport No Kill animal shelters.Don’t miss a chance to us his mistake to better support your organization. Stripping him of his Career does very little for PETA…Keeping him in a public career would FinaciallyTV Spokes Personmean everything to PETA and the many programs that it supports and encourages.Lets make this a win win situation!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Renee Coleman Making racist comments about “whites” takes all credibility from your comments. And since you mentioned God it behooves you to cease judging animal advocates since you certainly are not without sins. God made the other animals first and said it was “GOOD”. After he made man everything fell apart no more Garden of Eden where all creatures lived in peace. Vick was judged by American law which states that dog fighting is a felony. The way Vick ended the lives of the dogs that were not “mean” enough is reprehensible. He murdered them with no compunction. If you don’t react to that with revulsion well I am sorry for you. To have compassion for all creatures is to develop our human sensibilities to the utmost degree. Please get educated about the violence nonhuman animals suffer 247 by human animals it’s an indictment against humans!

  • observer says:

    007 that’s what amazes me too!!! they can’twon’t and don’t get it explained hundreds of times over in different ways by hundreds of animal activists!!! obviously we’ll have to cancel the thinking feeling part of those living breathing ignoramases!!! ana oh I can believe how hard it must be to reach teens who idolize garbage!!!! the proof is right in front of us with teens and poor excuses for adults commenting on here. the best to you ana!!! moving along

  • Paula says:

    Gambling is an everyday thing. Have you purchased a lottery ticket? Then you too are guilty of gambling. As I stated in a previous comment why is it illegal for Vick yet it is o.k. for the “proper authorities” to put these dogs to sleep? Either way it is cruel…one is legal cruelty the other is not. Let’s call it what it isa double standard!!!!

  • Joan Capobianco says:

    Dear all Dogs did not ask to be domesticated. Mankind did that. Those dogs were trained to fight and many see nothing wrong with it. How can we stop by and let them suffer? How many do we NOT know about? I ask each of you to do 1 act on an issue that matters to you and I don’t mean send an email. Whether it be animalhuman cruelty government healthcare or the war. I ask you do as I have contact the NFL MLB Sports Illustrated CBS NBC and other you watchsubscribeor channel you view to run ads from the Humane Society and educate people on this cruel sport and ask your legislature to raise the penalties for cruelty. I have also asked Burlington Industries and Burlington Coat Factory to not sell fur under $150.00 as it could be fur from dogs in China. How many of God’s creatures must suffer before we DO act? What will we leave our children by sitting by? CBS fired Imus due to people’s comments our voices are heard especially by board directors!! Thank you. From all the creatures that cannot speak for themselves. God Bless All.

  • Ana says:

    Greg Being that you must not be sinless it behooves you not to judge or point a finger at anyone least of all selfless people who speak on behalf of those creatures who have no voice nor a legal standing in human society. Being that Jesus was sinless He is the only one when saying those words rings true. And this comment is appled to all Vick supporters who like Vick who suddenly found Jesus are now on the GodJesus bandwagon. WWJD? Jesus would weep for the dogs and all animals that were tortured and killed He also would get angry at human cruelty. All of the selfrighteous “Christian” Vick supporters now have to resort ad nauseum to the forgiveness routine. Vick never asked for forgiveness regarding his culpability in the murder of so many creatures. observer Thanks for the compliments. I cannot even begin to tell you how difficult it is to reach teens. It is even more difficult when “celebrities” sarcasm like Vick Jen Lopez A. Marbury Madonna Beyonce B. Spears Sharon made of Stone et al support and promote violence and cruelty to animals. This is the garbage they look up to. I am so glad to see that you and others are making a difference for the defenceless animals!

  • Debbie says:

    Vick is apologizing to the wrong person it’s the dogs he owes an apology to and he better do it quick. Apologizing to the Judge won’t get him anywhere. I hope he gets the book thrown at him

  • bee says:

    the man abused and killed innocent animals for his own personal gain. in a situation like this i don’t think anyone should pity michael vick. he brought all of this on himself and he deserves everything he’s getting. does he deserve life in prison? no. 5 years is enough. i’ve seen a few comments bringing god race and the war in iraq into this and none of these things have anything to do with the situation at hand so why bring it up?

  • Majestic says:

    You guys have to remember this is Vick’s 1st offense with the law..Regardless of how angry you may be 1 year in jail and the return of the $22 Million dollars is enough punishment for a first time offender. Vick has a right to make a living after he serves his time. The Law is the law and wishing death on Vick does not make you any better than what he did. That is NOT what PETA stands for.

  • 007 says:

    Observer it’s amazing and a shame how many breathing thinking feeling human beings just don’t won’t can’t get it! EXCELLENT summation though in an attempt to reach them.

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