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Atlanta Falcons: Do Not Include Dogfighter, Michael Vick in Season Finale

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Michael Vick should not be invited to or honored by the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at the final regular-season game at the Georgia Dome.

For over six years, Michael Vick ran a dogfighting operation in Virginia where he personally tortured and killed dogs without hesitation, without fear of reprisal, and without remorse. 

Vick and his associates operated the aptly named “Bad Newz Kennels,” which housed and trained over 50 pit bull dogs, staged dog fights, killed dogs, and ran a high stakes gambling ring with purses up to $26,000.

A report by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigator provided details on the April 2007 killings, saying that the men hung approximately three dogs “by placing a nylon cord over a 2 X 4 that was nailed to two trees located next to the big shed. They also drowned approximately three dogs by putting the dogs’ heads in a five-gallon bucket of water.” They killed one dog by “slamming it to the ground several times before it died, breaking the dog’s back or neck.”

According to a witness, the men fought their trained pit bulls with pet dogs, and they “thought it was funny to watch the pit bull dogs belonging to Bad Newz Kennels injure or kill the other dogs.” Dogs who lost fights were sometimes executed. According to the federal indictment, “In or about March of 2003, PEACE, after consulting with VICK about the losing female pit bull’s condition, executed the losing dog by wetting the dog down with water and electrocuting the animal.”

In 2007, he pleaded guilty in a federal dogfighting investigation. He was suspended from the NFL for violation of the league’s personal-conduct policy. He served 21 months in prison and two months on house arrest for his crimes.

By inviting Michael Vick to participate in a ceremony on Sunday, the Falcons are honoring a convicted dogfighter who profited from cruelty to animals for years.

Please sign this petition and let the Falcons know that NFL fans do not support Vick and do not condone his actions.

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