PETA, Dog Lovers Tear Into Eagles, Vick

The Philadelphia Eagles franchise has some new foes this season:  PETA & animal rights activists

vick-fan-500Pictured above:  Catherine Bordeaux debates with Lamont Anderson, a Vick supporter, both of Philadelphia, while protesting the Philadelphia Eagles signing of Michael Vick, who served 18 months in federal prison on dog fighting charges, after a press conference at the team practice facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, on 14 August 2009. (Credit Image: © EPA/ZUMAPRESS.com)

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Animal Rights activist group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) & scores of dog lovers nationwide will be rooting against the Philadelphia Eagles franchise for signing quarterback Michael Vick  to a one-year contract worth $1.6 million, with an option for a second year at $5.2 million.  Vick spent 2 years in prison for dog-fighting.

On it’s official blog, PETA released the following statement:

PETA and millions of decent football fans around the world are disappointed that the Philadelphia Eagles have chosen to sign a man who hanged dogs from trees, electrocuted them with jumper cables, held them underwater until they drowned in his swimming pool, and even threw his own family dogs into the fighting pit to be torn to shreds while he laughed. What sort of message does this send to young fans who care about animals and don’t want to see them be harmed?

PETA certainly hopes that Vick has learned his lesson and feels truly remorseful for his crimes—but since he’s given no public indication that that’s the case, only time will tell. At this point, all Eagles fans can do is cross their fingers and hope that they won’t ever have to explain to their sons and daughters what a “rape rack” is and why their favorite player was using one, as Falcons fans once had to.

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