Animal lovers to protest, tailgate before Eagles game

Philadelphia area animal activists plan to let their voices be heard before the Eagles/Jaguars game tonight.

The Pennsylvania SPCA and Best Friends Animal Society, the Utah-based organization that took in 22 of the pit bulls seized from Michael Vick, are hosting a rally for the 2nd Chance Dogs of Philadelphia.

These are the  pit bulls that have been rescued from abuse and neglect by the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Officers or found as strays by Animal Control.

More than 80 percent of the PSPCA’s canine population in Philadelphia is made up of pit bulls and pit bull mixes who have been rescued from abuse, neglect or dog fighting operations. The 2nd Chance Dogs of the PSPCA are barking for the opportunity at forever homes. Supporters of the PSPCA, animal lovers and friends are invited to help raise awareness of the plight of pit bulls in shelters and encourage adoption.

The event is being held from 4 - 7 p.m. in the PSPCA parking lot at 350 E. Erie Ave. Participants are invited to bring their dogs and treats for dogs and humans will be served.


Meanwhile, an email circulating around cyberspace is urging animal lovers and their dogs to protest at Lincoln Field tonight - which may well mark the return to the gridiron for Vick after almost two years.

The protest, which the email says is not sponsored by any particular group, aims to spread the word about homeless dog adoption, let the Eagles know that animal lovers are angry about the Michael Vick deal, and urge corporate sponsors (among them Philadelphia Newspapers which owns the Inquirer) to divest themselves of the Eagles.