Michael Vick's horrible act of cruelty against animals -- the operation of an interstate dog fighting ring -- for which he was convicted in 2007, has come with a very unexpected silver lining this year. "The Michael Vick cruelty case has sparked compassion for other victims of animal cruelty, as well as other dogs labeled Pit Bulls," says Kim Wolf, the Community Outreach Coordinator for The Sarge Fund, which provides spay/neuter and veterinary care to Pit Bulls in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback's former dogs have been the subjects of a well-publicized book and steady stream of news stories, all heightening awareness of the heinous blood sport.
Meanwhile Vick is making good on his commitment to becoming an anti-violence advocate.
In November he partnered with president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Wayne Parcell, sending a moving anti-dog fighting message to 2,000 at-risk young people in New Haven, Connecticut. In his blog, Parecell wrote of the event, "They heard a powerful message, and one they probably would never have heard if Michael Vick had not been convicted for illegal dog fighting."
In the following weeks, Vick participated in two more programs in Philadelphia in partnership with HSUS and the Philadelphia Eagles, reaching 600 more kids. Here's hoping that this new message of compassion spreads farther and wider than ever before.
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