Michael Vick Meets With Lawmakers At Pennsylvania Capitol To Discuss Dog Protection Bill
Even after almost 10 years, Michael Vick is still atoning for his dog-fighting transgressions back in 2007. To this day, there are still many people who cannot forgive the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback for his mistreatment of animals.
It should be noted that a lot of those folks care more about the dogs abused than the black men shot in the streets by law enforcement, but we digress.
According to ESPN, Vick met with legislators at the Pennsylvania state capitol to impress upon them the importance of passing a bill that protects dogs who are left in hot cars during the summer.
Vick is scheduled to meet with Pennsylvania lawmakers Tuesday in support of PA House Bill 1516, or the pets in cars bill, which would give police officers authority to rescue dogs and cats from cars due to unsafe temperatures.
“I know that I’m an unlikely advocate,” Vick said through a representative. “I was part of the problem. Now, my perspective can help reach people that activists can’t reach. I can help others become agents of change.”
Schoolchildren from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, will accompany Vick to the state legislature to lobby the Democratic caucus, according to the spokesperson. Representatives Jake Wheatley Jr. and Ed Gainey will host the visit.
Vick has not only showed contrition, but he’s gone above and beyond what most PEOPLE, let alone athletes, would do to campaign for change and speak out against animal abuse.
In recent years, Vick has led advocacy efforts for animals and at-risk children. He has publicly supported the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, which President Barack Obama signed in 2014.
“All animals require kindness and respect,” Vick said. “They depend on us, like children depend on us. Many animal welfare bills across the nation do not get enough attention to pass. We can change that.”
Clap for ’em.
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