Michael Vick found himself facing numerous charges after a large dog-fighting operation was discovered in Surry County, Virginia, back in 2007. The authorities found dozens of dogs at Vick's Bad Newz Kennels property and Vick was subsequently linked to illegal gambling, illegal dog fighting, and involvement in the brutal torture and killing of countless dogs.
Dogs who were forced to take part in the deadly blood-sport were killed by horrific means, including electrocution, drowning and hanging. After the news broke, Vick was let go from the Falcons - and now, the NFL wants him to be honored? Their decision is a disgrace and it sends a terrible message.
There are dozens of upstanding men involved in the NFL who have worked to be great role models for young people. Men who have dedicated their lives to being the very best athletes possible, while managing to stay on the right side of the law. Why has the NFL chosen a convicted felon to be given an honorary position in the 2020 Pro Bowl?
Please sign this petition asking for Vick to be removed as one of the captains - he does not deserve the honor.
Read more about Michael Vick and the Bad Newz Kennels case:
UPDATE 12.4.19 Letters have been sent to the NFL, ESPN, and Walt Disney. Click Company name to read letter.
UPDATE 12.12.19 The NFL Commisioner is supporting Vick to stay on as Pro Bowl Captain.
Second Request Letters including current change.org petition links to reflect their signatures have been sent to the NFL, ESPN, and Walt Disney. Click Company name to read letter.
We want to keep everyone apprised of the various protests and efforts being made to keep Vick from being honored as the Pro Bowl Captain. Multiple organizations are putting together a worldwide protest to keep Michael Vick from being the NFL Pro Bowl Captain. The protest is being held on January 18, 2020 - details from Facebook Event: In NYC and cities across America, we will protest in red against Michael Vick as Captain of NFL. For those dogs! Let us know where YOU are organizing a protest and post it here! Find the Event on Facebook at this link, https://www.facebook.com/events/494281174777732/
Another protest event is being held in Orlando, FL, on the day of the game. From the Facebook event: Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 9 AM – 4 PM EST
Camping World Stadium
1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, Florida 32805
Find the event on Facebook here.
A GoFundMe has been started to raise funds for a billboard campaign. From the fundraiser, "The goal of this campaign is to raise enough money to fund a billboard advertising campaign, both stationary and mobile billboards, highlighting the cruelty, torture, and death inflicted on hundreds of dogs by Michael Vick."
Find the campaign fundraiser here.