Pittsburgh Steelers QB "Michael Vick" Is Campaning To Pass A New Bill To Protect Animals
|Michael Vick Is On The Right Track Of His Life|
According to Reports..Jeremy Fowler, PA House Bill 1516 would allow police officers to rescue dogs or cats from vehicles should the temperature inside reach an unsafe temperature.
Vick isn't the first NFL player to raise awareness regarding the dangers of leaving a pet in a hot car. Arizona Cardinals star Tyrann Mathieu partnered with PETA for a public service announcement in July.
In 2007, Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison for his role in a dogfighting ring, ultimately serving 19 months in Leavenworth, Kansas.
Upon his release, Vick has worked with the Humane Society and fought for the passage of a federal law in 2011 that punished those who brought minors to, and knowingly attended, animal fights.
"I know that I'm an unlikely advocate," said Vick on Monday, per Fowler. "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."
ll animals require kindness and respect," Vick said ... "They depend on us like our children depend on us."
But Vick didn't try to ignore his history of animal abuse -- and even referenced his 2007 dog fighting conviction.
"I know that I’m an unlikely advocate. I was part of the problem when I was at my lowest. I made the decision to change and I stand by that.
Now that I can reach people that activists can’t reach."
"I’ve learned that animal rights bills don’t get enough attention and I’m hoping this bill gets that attention ... together we can be instrumental in change."