Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is taking to the airwaves to warn others against the evils of dog fighting.
The Humane Society of the United States has released a 30-second video public service announcement featuring Vick that urges viewers to report animal cruelty and fighting activities to its toll-free animal fighting tip line.
“Michael Vick served time for illegal dogfighting, and he’s an important ambassador for the message that dogfighting is cruel, that it’s a felony, and that we must be good to animals,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of The Humane Society of the United States.
Vicks was disgraced, jailed and nearly lost his pro football career for his role running a brutal dog fighting ring.
Since being released from federal prison in 2009, Vick has served as a spokesman for HSUS's anti-dog fighting campaign, addressing students in Philadelphia and other cities and appearing on Capitol Hill to urge Congress to pass tougher anti-dog fighting legislation.
The Vick video was unveiled at Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia on Friday.
Vick is also featured in a new two-minute educational video from The HSUS’ Pets for Life program featuring a direct message from him to young people, encouraging them to treat animals with kindness and care for their pets.
Pets for Life is a program of The Humane Society of the United States that extends the reach of animal services by bringing critical resources such as vaccinations, spaying and neutering, dog training and other animal care and wellness tools to under-served areas.
The program is currently operating in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
The HSUS’ animal fighting tip line (877-TIP-HSUS) is a national toll-free phone line to report dogfighting and cockfighting activities. HSUS offers a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of animal fighters.