Animal advocates mixed on Vick's promotion

Eagles coach Andy Reid stunned the football world late yesterday with news he was promoting Michael Vick to starting quarterback, less than 16 months after he was released from prison for running a dogfighting ring.

So how's the news being received in the world of animal welfare?

Humane Society of the United States president Wayne Pacelle tells the Inquirer that Vick has lived up to his end of their arrangement that he speak out against dog fighting with school children.

Tom Hickey, a member of Gov. Rendell's dog law advisory board, says the public should never forget the torture that Vick inflicted upon innocent animals and urged the Eagles to live up to their promise to help improve the lives of animals in Philadelphia and promote the humane treatment of animals.

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