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Petitioning Oprah Winfrey Publicist Lisa Halliday and 1 other

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

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

Letter to
Oprah Winfrey Publicist Lisa Halliday
Oprah Winfrey Show Spokesman Don Halcombe
I recently read that you will be interviewing Michael Vick on your show. As a fellow dog lover, I urge you not to forget the dogs. The media has been quick to forgive Vick because of his success on the football field, but the dogs cannot and should not be forgotten. When powerful individuals such as yourself 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.

Success on the football field shouldn'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.

You have an opportunity to make a real statement about compassion and redemption by giving the dogs a voice. I urge you to publicly commit to donating any money made off an interview with Michael Vick to organizations, like Best Friends Animal Society and BAD RAP, who cared for his dogs.

Thank you.