Redemption or rhetoric?  Is Michael Vick incurable or does he deserve another chance at the privilege of having a dog as a companion? On the one hand, he ruthlessly tortured and killed dogs, stopping not because of a single shard of compassion or consciousness, but only when his house of horrors was seized by police. On the other hand… actually, there is no other hand. Maybe the love of a dog might help rehabilitate him. But having another dog “to show people that I genuinely care” sounds like PR spin to us. We vote no. Start with a caring for a plant and see how you do, Michael. Animals aren’t objects that exist for you to make a statement. That’s a one-man job, and you’ve already spoken. –Global Animal

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Should Michael Vick, a man who victimized and killed pit bulls as part of an illegal dog fighting operation, be allowed to one day own another animal?

While the NFL quarterback is currently not granted such a privilege under a court-ordered rule, he does hope one day that the order is lifted. In an interview with the website TheGrio, Vick says that befriending a dog could help show the world that he has changed.

“I would love to get another dog in the future,” he says. “I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process. I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love, and my passion for animals.”

A dog who survived Michael Vick’s care.

Since his release from prison, Vick has been working with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), touring schools, and speaking out against dog fighting. It’s a role he says he’s committed to performing for the rest of his life.

“I do it because I want to,” he told TheGrio. “I think if I can help five or six kids daily, then I’m playing my position as a positive role model in our society. It doesn’t hurt to do it, and it’s fairly easy. I tell a lot of people that it’s easy to do the wrong thing. It’s hard to do the right thing.”

Vick’s not the only one who thinks he’s ready for a four-legged friend. “I have been around him a lot, and feel confident that he would do a good job as a pet owner,” Wayne Pacelle, president of HSUS, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. However, he added that he understands why so many people would be against such a move. “What he did was awful, and a lot of people haven’t been able to get past that.”

Updates on Michael Vick’s abused dogs: Dogs Get Second Life

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  1. Vick does not deserve to have any type of animal. I don't believe for one moment that he has been rehabilitated. He is a murderer and the most vile human being on this earth. I would like to see him being tortured and see how he can stand the pain. He is a coward of the first water. I'm surprised that they allowed him to go back to football. He should have been fired and put in prison for life in solitary confinement!

  2. As someone who works at the HSUS, I do want to go into a bit more detail as to what Wayne said regarding Vick and pet ownership. He actually wrote a blog entry on this, which I would encourage people to read as well. The fact is, that it is too soon for Vick to have a dog. The court made the right decision in stating he shouldn’t have a dog until his probation ends. The next step would be for Vick to interact and volunteer with dogs in a supervised setting. Right now though, it is too early, which is what the court had in mind when it said he wouldn’t be able to own a pet until his probation was over. For those interested in reading more, you can read Wayne’s blog on the issue of Michael Vick and pet ownership on his blog: http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2010/12/michael-vick-pet.html