Dog fighting is a vicious, cruel activity and is prevalent in North Carolina. Not only are dogs bred and trained to fight to the death, but docile household pets are being stolen to use as bait dogs to train the fighting dogs. Imagine a family pet being constrained, attacked, mutilated and violently killed.
Michael Vick is the most notorious animal abuser this country has ever seen, torturing and killing his own dogs. He was cruel and sadistic, as documented in FBI investigations and court documents.
The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerces decision to invite him to keynote its Evening of Champions is sending a message to all dog fighters that what they are doing is not so bad. Even Vick can find fame and fortune and be welcomed by the community for his inspirational message.
We are big believers in second chances and rehabilitation. Vick has a right to earn a living, serve the community and change his life. Maybe there is even a place for him to tell his story, but he certainly does not belong among champions in our community.
On behalf of the people who are working to save animals and end dog fighting, we respectfully request that Raleigh Chamber rescind its invitation and invite someone who is truly a champion.
Executive director, AniMall Pet Adoption and Outreach Center, Cary