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Vick Calls Dog Fighting “Terrible”

Written by PETA | August 27, 2007

Now we can say what we couldn’t mention before. PETA has been talking to Michael Vick’s personal representatives, legal team, and more insiders for weeks. We asked for two things over all others: We wanted Michael Vick to tell impressionable young people not to follow in his footsteps, and we wanted him to openly condemn dog fighting. Today, in his statement, he answered both those requests, calling dogfighting “terrible” and telling kids to pay attention and not go down the same road he did. Mr. Vick also said he has found Jesus. Christian or not, we can agree that if Mr. Vick now asks himself “WWJD?” he will not be led back to dogfighting.

To urge the NFL to speak out against dogfighting as well, please click here.

And you can read the comments that PETA President Ingrid Newkirk made last week on the importance of Vick speaking out against dogfighting here.

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  • Robyn says:

    Don’t get ur hopes up he’s only sorry for getting caught!

  • Anonymous says:

    What a load of bull!! MV was lucky all he got wwas 2 years in jail! dont believe a word he says!

  • samantha says:

    I’m a child and I still know that that is so wrong. Can you ecspect me or anyone else to think that there is a good side to him.The things what he did to those pore animals are just crule and idiotic.I’m an ANIMAL LOVER andI fell bad for the Dogs that only get fed once a day just think how bad I feel for his dog.Some times I wish all his dogs would have tened on him and killed him!!!!!!!!!

  • Robin Whitehead says:

    It is so important that we recognize what life means. I don’t have reason to bash Michael Vick PETA and animal activist are doing a great job. Either you have love within your hearts or hatred. I feel at this point it is not about the animals but capitalism and monetary gain. I trust in God and only He can be the judge of all sins. If you are a person of virtue think before you speak because I promise you all will reap what they sow. It is easy to stomp a man when he is down I challenge you to lift him up. This world is so full of hatred towards anything or any one that is indifferent. We have greater battles to win such as war hunger drugs homelessness poverty HIV and terrorism. This is a society that is quick to judge and remain in disbelief. I am here to warn all of you be careful how you treat and demean your fellowman. God is of love he is a good God and good is God! May he have mercy and continue to work in Michael Vicks life. Who should we be to doubt or criticize that man even in your disbelief. I will pray for the animals who are now in the hands of PETA and seem to be a pond for monetary gains. Why fret over the ones lost to the ignorance of others. If you really love animals think of ways to educate and prevent this from happening again. I will always forgive although I may never forget. It is love that motivates my words and my actions. Please think and be wise for many are stupid bias prejudice and have hatred within. I pray for you and hope you are not the next one on CNN or the local news. God be with you Robin Whitehead CEO SAP Seeking Aid Personally

  • Ciara says:

    I think this world is coming to an end.Fuk all dog fighters.And just cuz Vick plays football dont mean he aint a dirty dog fighting niger. Theres more behind dog fighting than most think. So much pain you wouldnt even believe. These dogs are beatenstarvedfed gun powder and illegal drugs. And you think thats ok?And after all that suffering their locked in a cage with another dog and FORCED to fight for their lives!The sad part is the more fortunate dogs are the ones that die fighting and not after the fight. These dogs could be set on firelocked in a closet to bleed to deaththrown in a dumpseror eaten by another dog.If you dont think thats sick u got problems.I think scum bags that fight dogs need to get a real penalty. Cover them in grease and put them in a cage with a hungry pissed off dog. Let them feel the pain. People who fight helpless dogs need to get a life! Ya Im ganna keep dissin u dog fighters!What happened to DOG A MANS BEST FRIEND? Ill tell you what happend. Man gives the life of their best friend! Aint that fucked up? Have you forgotten what dog has done for us? They use to be soldiers in OUR war they give sight to the blind they protect their families they give love and friendship!! And what do you do in return?You KILL them!Its illegal for a reason. And Im telling you if you dont get caught now trust me when you die you will.

  • nichelle says:

    u know what he is only sorry cause he got caught he is a pease of St and i am not the only one wno thinks that about him! he is probally laughing right now cause he thinks he is gonna get off of this but i hope people stand up and speak for these animals!

  • Aimee says:

    Dog fighting is terrible and Vic is a horrid human being for doing what he did. He’d still be doing it if someone didn’t catch him. On the flip side how about we take all the dogs away from Vic and send them to Ingrid so she can Euthanize them in the back of a van and dump them in a dumpster??? Sick.

  • Jarred says:

    okay for all those who think dogfighting is a sport like hunting GET A LIFE!!! your just as big of an idiot as stephon marbury who said it before you did I am a long time hunter and ive been playing football since i was 7 how does dogfighting qualify as a sport? i have seen what happens to the dogs its horrible. dogfighitng is inhumane and un called for. PAT BASE get your facts together dont repeat something that someone said on tv over a month ago!!!!

  • Hailey says:

    What ever he is just sorry he makes me sick

  • Zoe& Katie says:

    We think that you all smell if you like dog fightening why would you want to hurt a lovely animal such as a dog!! holla bk peace!!!!

  • Pat base says:

    I think that michael vick should not be sent to prison. Dog fighting is a sport just like football or hunting and should be legal. I think it is fun to watch and michael vick is the man in my oppinion and peta sucks.

  • P. Kai says:

    All I can say is that I cannot feel too much pity for Vick. Out of the thousands of ball players in every state in this nation I am sure that we all know Vick isn’t the one and only league player who engaged in or sponsored illegal dog fighting. Unfortunately for him he is the only Black Man with over a million dollars contract to get caught in the act and I am sure by now most blacks know the routine. Sure! whites will allow you to get a piece of what they consider their ‘”Pie in the Sky” but let a Black man once step out of line and they will hunt you down like a dog and destroy your life Judge Jury Executioner! Yes most Blacks hate Godless Whites and hate their racist attitudes and their hypocrisy and No. we should not judge Vick for to judge is to be judged by our father in heaven when judgement day comes. I will however say that I for one cannot summon up too much pity for Vick God chose to bless him with extraordinary finances and what did this jerk do he decided to throw away what millions of people would give their arm and leg to have. Stupidity at its utmost!! to put it mildly! When I think of all those starving children and parents in Africa all of the people who are homeless all of the people of his own race who are suffering all of the poverty stricken black communities in every state in America some who don’t even have decent supermarkets for parents to buy fresh produce communites where young black men can’t find jobs communities that have no recreation centers to keep our young men off the streets. When I think of how much good he could have done with those million dollar contracts to help his own people yet the only thing he could think of to do with what God blessed him with was to use what he was blessed with to torture animals it makes me sad! Sad that so many of our young black men don’t use the common sense that they were born with after all these years many still have yet to pick up a Bible to learn God’s laws and his intent for us as a nation! The scriptures were written for a reason to use as a guide in the things we should and should not do in life! No its not for us as Blacks to judge Vick. Leave that for your white counterparts as they seem to revel in it and do it so well! Yes! what Vick did was stupid and Jackassinine! but its not for us as Blacks to be his jury as he inevitably will have to wrestle with his own conscience and deal with his father in heaven in his own way and in his own time. Sadly there are many of Blacks who work hard to gain the respect of others then there are those who work at it so little inevitably to lose it!

  • Anonymous says:

    Some of you have some serious issues. People eat dogs in other countries and you all are making it seem like this is the worst crime any human can commit. I’m not defending him I’m just saying you all need to first get a life and stop judging people. Michael Vick doesn’t need anyone to forgive him but God because if God forgives him he will be fine and none of us will matter so like the bible says ” he without sin cast the first stone.” It really is not the end of the world.

  • carolina velasquez says:

    its terrible inhuman unethical its homocide and only we can stop that we need to take action and make people understand this is not the way cruelty is not a sport.

  • Jake B says:

    so you let a 12 year old post an obsenity on your board. when are you going to give the white criminals equal time? hypocPolice Say Man Fed Cats to His Pit Bulls LAWRENCEVILLE Ga. A man captured neighborhood cats and kittens and fed them live to his pit bulls authorities said Thursday. Tye Hilmo 21 was charged Thursday with aggravated cruelty to animals. Hilmo was already in jail on drug firearm and probation violation charges Gwinnett County sheriff’s spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said. enlarge photo Tye Hilmo is shown Thursday Sept. 20 2007 in this photo provided by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department via the The Journal Constitution. According to authorities Hilmo 21 captured neighborhood cats and kittens and fed them live to his pit bulls. He is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals. AP PhotoSheriff’s Department via the The Journal Constitution Tye Hilmo The new warrant charges that Hilmo “did give injured live cats and kittens to his pit bull dogs and let the pit bulls kill the already injured cats and kittens. Hilmo would capture and injure neighborhood cats for this purpose.” He was arrested Sept. 10 after investigators serving a search warrant on his house found guns and two pounds of marijuana Bourbonnais said. He has been jailed since then. Authorities found the bodies of two kittens near Hilmo’s residence. Bourbonnais said they also found a gruesome image on Hilmo’s cell phone a picture of one of his pit bulls and one of the mauled dead kittens and beneath picture a caption that says “Good Dog.” “It’s pretty disturbing” Bourbonnais said. The initial tip about Hilmo indicated he may be feeding kittens and cats to his dogs to prepare the dogs for fighting but no dogfighting charges have been leveled against Hilmo Bourbonnais said. Sheriff’s officials could not immediately say whether Hilmo has an attorney. rites. He’s been called the “Godfather of dog fighting” the “dog fighting don” and even the “Babe Ruth of dog fighting.” Since March 9 Floyd Boudreaux is being called something else an accused felon. On that day Louisiana State Police arrested Boudreaux one of the most infamous dog fighters and breeders in the United States along with his son Guy. The arrests which sent shock waves through the dog fighting world were the culmination of a threemonth effort by state and federal law enforcement agents The Humane Society of the United States and the Louisiana SPCA. Father and son were both charged with 57 felony counts of dog fighting and two counts of animal cruelty following an early morning raid on Boudreaux’s property in Broussard Louisiana. In addition to the state felony charges Boudreaux and his son Guy could face federal charges for selling and transporting fighting dogs across state lines. All told they might spend a total of ten years in prison for each of the 57 charges. For 70yearold Floyd Boudreaux that might as well be a life sentence. Scarred Bodies and Temperaments What investigators found on Boudreaux’s property is typical of serious fighting dog operations row after row of pit bulls each tethered by a heavy chain to a small ramshackle hut. Several sadfaced dogs bore a medley of deep scars on their muzzles and limbs the hallmark of hardened fighting dogs. Elsewhere in the compound investigators found wooden ramps and treadmills commonly used to train dogs in strength and endurance. Laura Maloney Louisiana SPCA director said it was heartbreaking to see the dogs tethered outside in rows of five wearing grooves into the muddy ground at the limit of their chains. Although most of the animals were healthy in spite of their scars several were extremely aggressive. Because of their unsuitability for adoption all of the adult dogs had to be euthanized. Implications for The Shady World of Dog Fighting What distinguished this bust from any other in recent years are its implications both immediate and longstanding for the world of dog fighting. Boudreaux is more than a backyard breederhe is one of the main purveyors of some of the world’s top fighting dog lines. According to Sandy Christiansen regional coordinator for HSUS’s Southeast Regional Office “Virtually every major bloodline of fighting dogs has the Boudreaux name somewhere in the pedigree. This guy’s influence on the world of animal fighting has been huge.” More than any other person Boudreaux has shaped the profile of the modern fighting dog. Specifically bred for maximum “gameness” a determination to fight on even in the face of certain death dogs from the Boudreaux line are considered topnotch animals in the fighting world fetching prices up to $10000. It’s a quality that brought Boudreauxbred dogs accolades from dog fighting enthusiasts but little else. Even the most revered fighting dog lives the majority of his lonely life at the end of a short chain with no social interaction save grim excursions to the fighting pit or breeding stand. A Broussard neighbor said “What bothers me the most is that they’re on threefoot chains. Big heavy chains. They spend their life under a chicken coop on a chain. That is not a life…that’s horrible.”

  • Megan says:

    Okay what Micheal Vick did was deffinatly wrong but why should he donate millions to the fight against dogfighting…no matter how much money he donates dogfighting isnt going to stop and asking him to tell names of others thats snitching!

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