Michael Vick is nearly a free man now and he wants back into the NFL.
The suspended NFL star Michael Vick ended his federal dogfighting sentence Monday, freeing him to lobby for a return to the field.
Vick has been out of football for two years. At 29, he has been invited to join the start-up United Football League, but that is considered a last resort.
To most of us, the premise of dog fighting is sickening and illegal.
Has Vick truly found remorse and is it okay for him to go back to his multimillion dollar job?
Although the Michael Vick dogfighting case, and his recent release from prison, have focused the national spotlight on dogfighting cruelties, dogfighting has long been a thriving underground industry across the country in both urban and rural areas. Our work has these criminals on the defensive, but there are still many ways you can help.
What You Can Do
1. Spread the word about our $5,000 rewardby ordering a free reward action pack! Includes posters, postcards, brochures and stickers with information about our reward. Put them up around your neighborhood and help stop dogfighting.
3. Help take a bite out of dogfighters. Urge your local radio station to run one of our public service announcements, available in English or Spanishabout our standing $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction of illegal dogfighting.
5. Wherever you live, urge your local, state and Congressional representatives to support better funding for enforcement of animal fighting laws.
6. Sign up to receive HSUS email alerts to get the latest news about our efforts to combat animal cruelty.
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7. Put a dedicated team on the animals’ side by donating to our Animal Cruelty Response and Reward Fund.
8. Write letters to the editor about the cruelty and dangers of dogfighting. Writeletters to law enforcement officials, such as your local sheriff, police department and prosecutors, urging them to take the issue seriously.
9. Post our Dog Fighting video on your website, blog or social networking profile like MySpace to raise awareness about dogfighting.
10. If you suspect dogfighting in your own neighborhood, alert local law enforcement. Urge your local officials to contact The HSUS for practical tools, advice and assistance. The HSUS has a standing reward—recently doubled to $5,000—for information leading to a conviction of illegal dogfighting.
How to Spot Signs of Dogfighting in Your Community
Updated May 2009