The Michael Vick redemption tour returns to Philadelphia today as Vick addresses students at Juniata Park Academy on the evils of dogfighting.
Vick will be appearing as part of his arrangement with the Humane Society of the United States to speak out against animal abuse and encourage young people to be kind to animals. HSUS is set to launch its new End Dogfighting campaign this month in Philadelphia, as it has in other cities, where at-risk students learn alternatives to dogfighting and how to humanely care for their dogs.
Despite Vick's high-profile dog fighting conviction in 2007 and subsequent two-year jail sentence, the message hasn't gotten through in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania SPCA receives an average of 60 dogfighting complaints a month. In 2009, the PSPCA investigated a total of 903 complaints of animal fighting across Pennsylvania.
WHERE: Vick will address students at Juniata Park Academy, at 801 E. Hunting Park Ave., in Philadelphia
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
WHO: Michael Vick, Rebecca Glenn-Dinwoodie, coordinator of The HSUS’s End Dogfighting in Philadelphia campaign, Amanda Arrington, director of The HSUS’ End Dogfighting campaign and Shawn Banks, community organizer for The HSUS’ End Dogfighting in Philadelphia campaign.
Meanwhile, check out singer Nils Lofgren's appeal to sports journalists smitten with Vick's MVP-worthy on-field performance. Lofgren, writing on ESPN.com, says he's disheartened by the fact the media, in its frenzy to annoint the next NFL superstar, has forgotten the horrors Vick was responsible for off the field. Vick's crime, he says, was not like just another start athlete's run-in with the law, it was cold-blooded and repeated animal torture and killing over many years. And the worst part, Lofgren writes, is that Vick never thought he was doing anything wrong.