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Statement from The Humane Society of the United States on the Michael Vick Case

WASHINGTON (August 14, 2007) – The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to see further movement in the dogfighting case against NFL star Michael Vick and his co-defendants – a case that has thrown a national spotlight on the abhorrent spectacle of organized animal fighting.

"This case is progressing along at a rapid pace, and the public strongly supports vigorous prosecution of people involved in the illegal and barbaric industry of dogfighting," says Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.

News media reports disclosed that Vick's two remaining co-defendants are to appear at plea hearings later this week – signaling their apparent willingness to strike a bargain with federal prosecutors. Earlier, a fourth co-defendant pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Like no other case, the indictment of the Atlanta Falcons star quarterback and his alleged co-conspirators in a dogfighting ring known as "Bad Newz Kennels" has shocked the nation into recognizing the bloody face of competitive dogfighting.

The Humane Society of the United States has spent decades combating the spread of this unconscionable cruelty, assisting law enforcement, championing tougher laws and seeking to heighten public awareness of the problem.

Media Contact: Martin Montorfano, 301-258-3152, mmontorfano@humanesociety.org

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization – backed by 10 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty. On the web at humanesociety.org .