August 12, 2009
Vick in Chicago Today for Anti-Dogfighting Work
CHICAGO — Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, released the following statement:
"Today, Michael Vick joined me for a community education program for at-risk youth at the Liberation Christian Center in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood. Leaders of The Humane Society of the United States' End Dogfighting campaign and a number of church leaders throughout the area also attended. We spoke with dozens of young people, and Michael shared his story, expressed remorse for his actions, urged the community to stand up to dogfighting and asked them to help with the campaign.
"I was heartened to see these kids sitting on the edge of their seats as they listened to speakers convey that dogfighting is wrong. This practice is inhumane, and it is a dead end street for anyone who takes it up as a hobby or livelihood. Our program already deploys former dogfighters, and they have demonstrated a special ability to relate to at-risk kids and steer them in our direction. We also have dog experts in the program who work with the young men and their dogs and show them that there are alternatives to fighting, such as behavior work and agility training.
"We look forward to hosting more of these prevention programs, and also to continuing our work with law enforcement to end dogfighting anywhere it exists in this country."
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