Gail Heebner: What’s Vick’s message?

February 7, 2014 

As a trained counselor, I have seen the rare, inspiring transformation of rehabilitated individuals. By choice I am an animal-rights advocate and vegetarian. I am aware of the atrocities committed by Michael Vick and the rehabilitation process he has undergone. He has been a spokesperson at schools and with animal-rights groups explaining and helping stop the cycle of indoctrinating young people into the dog-fighting system.

What I am not seeing in the publicity surrounding Vick’s upcoming speaking engagement at the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Evening of Champions is assurance that Vick will be using this forum primarily as an opportunity to continue his public education outreach on animal abuse. What schools will he visit while here? With which animal rights/welfare groups will he be consulting? Which public policy/legislators will he lobby while in Raleigh to end North Carolina cock and dog fighting?

If this focus of his time in Raleigh comes to light, I will champion Vick as a truly rehabilitated champion of the human potential. If not, I will be at the PNC Arena on Feb. 12 with my protest sign.

Gail Heebner


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