Michael Vick Takes Message Against Dogfighting to Congress

Michael Vick Takes Message Against Dogfighting to Congress

Michael Vick grew up in a culture that celebrated dogfighting. So, even after he earned millions of dollars in the NFL, he continued to fight dogs for sport. His poor decision led to time in prison and almost destroyed his career. Vick hopes that others don’t make the same mistake.

On Tuesday, July 19, Vick went to Congress to speak out against dogfighting. Along with Democratic and Republican representatives, Vick backed legislation that would penalize those who attend dogfights and who allow minors to attend. The bill would cause violators to receive up to one year in prison for attending a dogfight and up to three years if a minor is present.

“Help us to reach out to these kids before they go down the wrong path,” Vick said during a brief speech. “It’s up to the parents to take responsibility and make sure it doesn’t happen.”

Since his release from prison, Vick has been mentored by former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy and has spoken to youth about making the right decisions in life.

Vick’s redemption, on and off the field, remains an inspirational story for those who face similar tribulations. –amir shaw

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