By Gary Bogue
Monday, August 17th, 2009 at 8:23 am in Michael Vick.
The American Humane Association and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals both issued statements after learning that Michael Vick had been signed by the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles last week.
American Humane Association:
The American Humane Association today offered this reaction to Friday’s signing of Michael Vick by the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. It is from Marie Belew Wheatley, president and CEO of the 131-year-old organization that protects both animals and children:
“As publicly stated in late July, American Humane lobbied neither for nor against Vick’s reinstatement in the NFL, but did express its sincere hope and expectation that he make good on his stated intention of becoming a visible and strong influence against dog fighting and animal cruelty, and that he will use his celebrity to become a positive role model for compassion and empathy to both people and animals.
“Now that he has a contract to resume a very visible career in the public eye – a lucrative career that few people ever have the chance to experience even once, let alone a second time after committing a horrific and inhumane crime – it’s time for Michael Vick to demonstrate he can change and be a force for good. In particular, we hope he can become a positive role model for young people, and that, in light of the incredible second chance he has been given, he now proves himself truly worthy and humane.”
Marie Belew Wheatley, president & CEO, American Humane Association
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:
Ed Sayres, President and CEO of The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) issued the following statement today following the announcement that Michael Vick has signed a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles:
“Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Philadelphia Eagles have granted Michael Vick a second chance, and the ASPCA expects Mr. Vick to express remorse for his actions, as well as display more compassion and sound judgment this time around than he did during his previous tenure with the NFL. We hope that Mr. Vick uses his stature for the betterment of the community and the advancement of the issue of animal cruelty.”
Ed Sayres, President & CEO, ASPCA
Film at 11:00 … as they say. /Gary