Tell Oprah: Donate Money From Michael Vick Interview to the Dogs
  • Petitioned Lisa Halliday

This petition was delivered to:

Oprah Winfrey Publicist
Lisa Halliday
Oprah Winfrey Show Spokesman
Don Halcombe

Tell Oprah: Donate Money From Michael Vick Interview to the Dogs

    1. Stephanie Feldstein
    2. Petition by

      Stephanie Feldstein

      Ypsilanti, MI

Oprah Winfrey and Piers Morgan recently bet on who would get the first interview with convicted dogfighter and football star, Michael Vick. It's likely that Oprah will win. (Update: Oprah did win and will be airing an interview on Feb. 24th with Michael Vick. While she called off the bet with Morgan, she still needs to take a stand for the dogs.)

Best Friends Animals Society said, "When powerful people like President Obama and Oprah Winfrey speak about Vick's 'redemption,' many of the 77.5 million dog owners and animal lovers in the United States want the whole story told."

Being able to throw a football doesn't overshadow the fact that Michael Vick not only enjoyed watching dogs maim and kill each other, but was also charged with taking part in brutally killing dogs by hanging, shooting, electrocuting and drowning the animals. Others have received sentences of 5 to 10 years in prison for this kind of crime; Vick was behind bars for less than two and was immediately reinstated to his privileged professional football career.

Oprah has always counted herself among dog lovers. Assuming she gets her way, she'll make a lot more money off this interview than the couple hundred bucks she wagered against Piers Morgan. She has an opportunity to make a real statement about compassion and redemption by giving the dogs a voice.

Tell Oprah to publicly commit to donating any money she makes off an interview with Michael Vick to organizations, like Best Friends Animal Society or BAD RAP, who cared for his dogs.

Photo credit: Melissa Lipani, Best Friends Animal Society

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Michael Vick has cancelled the interview with Oprah. If she reschedules with him, we'll re-open the petition and keep pressuring her to honor the dogs!

    2. Reached 1 signatures
    3. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Tell Oprah to take a stand against dogfighting by supporting the victims. Just because she called off the bet with Piers Morgan doesn't mean she shouldn't use this interview to support Vick's dogs.

    4. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Oprah has landed an interview with Michael Vick, set to air on February 24th. Now is the time to tell her to make a statement by donating the money to the organizations that cared for his dogs!

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. Animal Lovers Ask Oprah Not to Forget Michael Vick's Dogs

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      When Oprah appeared as the first guest on CNN's new show, Piers Morgan Tonight, Morgan asked, "What advice would you give Michael Vick?" Oprah punted because she's hoping to score an interview with the convicted dogfighter who's back in the starting...

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • renee gainey SANTA ROSA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      I have had Pitbulls for the past 14 years of my life they have grown up with my children.

      they are loving beautiful dogs that have big hearts.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Karen Augustsson FREDERICK, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      To inform you of the incredible, hard work these dogs Pit Bulls did to clear the underground sewers and crawl spaces to collect infected rats during the black plague. When the American Pit Bull came to be, they became vicious only under the hands of irresponsible owners with greed and desire for money. American Pit Bulls are loving, they will protect their owners to the death and my grand daughter has bee sleeping with her Pitt since she was 3 yrs. old. That dog is protecting that child.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Valerie Tiedy ANDERSON, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      It's just not right, these dogs deserve more acknowledgement. And someone needs to take a stand on "FAMOUS" people getting off so easily when charged with crimes. It's not just this case, DUIs, Domestic Violence, etc.... it needs to stop. THEY DO NOT deserve special treatment for being able to "wow" us with their abilities regardless of what they are.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Heather Ann ANDERSON, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      It's just not right, these dogs deserve more acknowledgement. And someone needs to take a stand on "FAMOUS" people getting off so easily when charged with crimes. It's not just this case, DUIs, Domestic Violence, etc.... it needs to stop. THEY DO NOT deserve special treatment for being able to "wow" us with their abilities regardless of what they are.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Darlene Gajewski EAST PATCHOGUE, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      You are a most admired woman and people will listen if you let them know the plight of Vicks dogs. I feel he has done such an injustice to dogs, I don't think I can give him a second chance.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.