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August 2nd, 2009
04:57 PM ET

Michael Vick's new job

It's an unlikely partnership.

Convicted dog fighter Michael Vick is now lending his voice to the Humane Society and its campaign to stop dog fighting in this country.

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield spoke with Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the Unite States, on why they brought Vick on board and what his new job will entail.

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  1. Animal Wise Radio

    Pacelle and HSUS have already created the situation that resulted in the NFL reinstating Michael Vick, before Vick ever did anything to help any dogs or kids.

    If this is a "constant reminder" of anything to our youth it is that if you get caught dog fighting at the highest level, even HSUS does not think it such a big deal. This is the wrong message at the wrong time.

    August 2, 2009 at 7:38 pm |
  2. marsh

    be like a politian say whatever and take the money.....
    as long they pay you well who cares... it just an aminal what big deal!!!!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  3. Vic Sessions

    Fredricka – love your show ...But, can't believe you did not challenge
    the couple Ken and Daria, when Daria said (on the US built cars/cash for clunkers) "what would the rest of the world think of us if we did that"... can't believe she said that with the state of emplyment here.

    She is obviously one of the majority of conservatives against this
    measure.... of course tax dollars should not be thrown at autos built in Soul or Osaka. Factory workers and plants here should benifit and
    only Toyotas 70% manufactured/parts here be included (Camrys
    do not qualify). No Korean/ no VWs(I believe)either & other importred models should qualify... please back our workers with well heeled
    iinsensitive pigs... as pleasant and polite as they seem to appear, but just listen to them..?..

    That couple laughed when you asked them if they took advantage
    of... both said they didn't have clunkers(sure they have Lexus or similar
    and obviously well paying careers). Please challenge these "Me Party"
    people when they make these insensitive comments that ignore the plight of the american worker/manufaturers.

    Best Wishes – Vic LAUSD School Teacher

    August 9, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  4. Lucinda Jackson

    I am personally involved with the HSUS End Dog Fighting program. The program is great, the trainers are great, and the volunteers are great. However the decision made by Wayne Pacelle to support Michael Vick is not shared with other HSUS employee's involved with this program. The decision was made to help Mr. Pacelle get the attention he feels he deserves because he is a selfish and greedy man. Anybody who is reading this, is close to the Chicago area, and wants to protest the decision Mr. Pacelle made against the recommendation of others involved please come and protest the following event where Michael Vick will speak.

    Wednesday, August 12th at 4:00pm
    Liberation Christian Center
    6810 S. Ashland Ave.
    Englewood, IL

    The decision goes against everything the class is about and jeapordized the good work already done. Please show up andlet Mr. Pacelle know that his selfish and greeddy decision will not be tolerated. Thanks for the help.


    August 10, 2009 at 11:00 am |

    As a Philadelphia sports fan, I am embarrassed and outraged that the Eagles signed Vick. Eagles are no longer my team – I have no team.

    August 14, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  6. Curtis Sealy

    Does this mean that the Eagles are going to change their name to the "Beagles" or "Fighting Beagles"?

    August 14, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  7. Shannon

    I am a female who loves watching football and I am a Dallas Cowboy fan all the way. I thank god, my team did not sign Michael Vick, he would be booed at every game. This is disgusting that anyone would sign such a sadistic murderer. Anyone who treats dogs or any animal that way is a sociopath, as anyone who has taken a intro to psych knows. I hope peta and the fans will all help in seeing michael vick have a very short career, and a long arduous life. Electrocution, hanging dogs from trees, this person has serious psychological issues which normally people who do this follow a path and end up torturing and murdering people also. I love animals and have always treated them with love and care, as animals love you know matter what you do, unconditionally. Everyone please see this sicko for what he really is a guy who was a awesome football player, but only because he was feeding his sociopath mind because he was murdering dogs in his spare time. Now, that hopefully he can not murder dogs, get that high he had, you will see a washed up football player.

    August 14, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  8. Al Leong Toronto

    Should a convicted felon be able to earn more than a sitting US President just out of jail?

    $1 MM out the gate? $5.2 MM in the 2nd year right out of jail?

    Something wrong here?

    Power=responsibility. Is this really just his 2nd chance? or is there more?

    August 14, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  9. Chuck Smith

    Man... If it wasn't enough to watch a Loisville coach be supported by his university... then we have Michael Vick... will the NLF Commission ever put an end to the cowardness of their players and stop thinking about the money? It's like allowing sex offenders to go about (their) daily routines as if nothing ever happened... where do the NFL begin setting presidence for this type of behavior Champions or not...?

    August 14, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  10. brandy gonzalez

    i think its awesome and it might show other dog fighters Hay!!! michael vic stopped fighting dogs then so will i!!!

    August 15, 2009 at 6:12 am |
  11. Barbara

    You know I feel someone this cruel can not be rehabilitated in 18 months. I believe all the National League Coaches should get together and say, we won't hire him. He can remain with Philladelphia, but he has to work for minimum wage and do dog rescue work. B/c the whole reason he gets special treatment is his talent, and they don't want anyone else to snatch him up.
    I also think if he tortures dogs this way, what does he do to the next tier, women.

    August 15, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  12. Val

    Yes, everyone deserves a second chance and only he knows the truth as to why he has turned around his thoughts on dog fights. With all due respect, many of the Caribbean countries and some South American countries I have visited have left me disgusted at how their pet population is treated. There are skinny and starving dogs. Many tourists do not see this, although travel in areas not frequented by tourist and you will see the culture! Stopping cruelty to animals starts at home and is Michael Vicks was not taught compassion of all living things, my opinion is he deserves the opportunity to change. Having said that, the Michael Vicks can continue as a spokes person for the animal shelter and protection agencies, although I feel that his work would be best suited at reeducating the countries who disregard animal rights and reeducating the Americans who disregard animal rights. Every circle knows who runs in it, and it is my opinion that as part of Michael Vicks rehabilitation into society should be compiling a list of offenders of animal cruelty and abuse. In addition, he stands to earn millions with his profession and should willingly donate 1/4 of his net income to the rehabilitation of nations and areas of America who are known to abuse and disregard animal rights.

    August 18, 2009 at 12:57 am |
  13. denise

    A second chance at making millions?? A role model for children and adults who love watching football?? Shame on the Eagles for taking him back , they must have known for a while that they were gonna take him because he's on the Madden 2010.. Thank God the Bills didn't take him because I would have NEVER watched or supported them. If it was a drug charge, yes then he deserves a 2nd. chance that's a mistake, but dog fighting .How could one normal human being watch and participate in this? The only reason Michael Vick cried in jail was because he was afraid of what the other boys were gonna do to him!! And I hope he got and gets whats coming to him!!!!!!

    August 19, 2009 at 8:59 pm |

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