Vick Attends PETA Dog Empathy Course


Michael Vick attended an eight-hour course called “Developing Empathy for Animals”, according to a PETA spokesman. The course included information on who animals are, alternatives to cruelty, animal protection philosophy, and humane lesson plans.

PETA said Vick was the only participant in the class held on September 18.

“He was asking questions, following up on points we were making, taking notes,” the PETA spokesman said. “He seemed to be putting an honest effort into trying to get something out of the course.”

He also added that Vick told him “he wished he had gotten to take a course like this five years ago.”

On PETA’s web site, the organization said Vick has apologized for his dog abuse. He first visited PETA and met with Ingrid Newkirk, PETA’s president, on September 7. She offered the course to Vick.

The PETA spokesman said they were surprised when Vick decided to take the course. They told him that they hoped that he would get something out of the course, and he should not be taking the class just as a public relations move.

Vick passed a written test at the end of the class.

PETA wants the NFL to require a similar course to all football players.

Source: MSNBC

(Thanks sunshine 49)

27 Responses to “Vick Attends PETA Dog Empathy Course”

  1. Lynne says:

    Can one teach compassion and empathy? Or is this a very deep character flaw that will remain?
    I’ll believe he has changed when I see him working on behalf on animals, working to stop and de-glamorize dogfighting. Until then, this seems like a publicity stunt… on the part of both parties.

  2. nora says:

    I would have to agree with you Lynn and I also wonder if Vick will finally emphasize with those dogs when he is behind bars (if that ever happens) because he will then know abit how it feels to be caged….or will he be able to make that connection???

  3. catmom5 says:

    Agreed ~ he better stop talking about how he has changed and show us how he has changed. Forgive me for being skeptical, but right now it sounds like a huge PR move for PETA and MV. I’m sure we’ll all be watching! BTW passing a test doesn’t require empathy or compassion! That just is ridiculous.

  4. thomas says:

    Maybe he’ll join PETA’s move to euthanize pets and throw them in garbage bins, or their movement to end all pets. Vick and PETA seem to much alike for me to be impresed that he took a course offered by them.

  5. 2CatMom says:

    Thomas: My thoughts exactly.

  6. shibadiva says:

    I wish I’d taken a course five years ago about how it’s not nice to commit murder, rob little old ladies yadda yadda yadda

  7. bengals says:

    I have to agree with everyone’s comments… I’ll believe it when I see it… he’s still just trying to CYA … I don’t believe he gives a sh*t about animals…even still… but, only time will tell.

  8. Denise says:

    “Maybe he’ll join PETA’s move to euthanize pets and throw them in garbage bins, or their movement to end all pets. Vick and PETA seem to much alike for me to be impresed that he took a course offered by them.”

    quote of the day!

  9. trucorgi says:

    I agree with Thomas.
    Let’s not forget that Peta strongly advocated killing the 49 Vick dogs and disagrees with the court’s decision that they should live out their lives in a sanctuary or in foster homes. Vick has admitted to killing 8 and will go to jail. Peta has admitted killing 14,400 and is teaching a course called “Developing Empathy for Animals”. Lets also not forget that Peta has another trial coming up. Their employee in the “Community Animal Project” death van was indicted for the theft of a hunting dog she intended to kill.

  10. Debra says:

    I agree that Vick needs to do a lot more and over a period of time, but could everyone try being just a wee bit more positive? He has to start somewhere, some how. My take is that it is at least doing something rather than nothing. That he, like many others, has to take a course to learn empathy for animals is … sad. I don’t understand why it requires someone explaining it to them when all it takes for me is to look into a dog’s eyes.

  11. bengals says:

    “My take is that it is at least doing something rather than nothing. ”

    we’ll see what he actually “does” after his sentencing…until then, he’s still a scumbag trying to CYA

  12. Bridgett says:

    “And in just one day, just 8 hours of your time, we can teach you how to be loving, caring, and compassionate towards these very same creatures that just 3 months ago you were torturing for the fun of it. You may have been a socio-path, a psychotic, and slimeball for you whole life, but we can change all of that in just 8 short hours. We can make you a better, more loveable, more hireable, human being!”

    I don’t think so.

  13. Lost for Words says:

    I saw the title of the article. Burst out laughing. Sorry.

    But this is patently ridiculous. PR bash for both PETA and MV.

    There are times when I just can _not_ believe my eyes.

    Arch-villain of animal cruelty (Michael Vick) goes to a course offered by the other Arch-villain (PETA Prez. Newkirk) of animal cruelty? This makes sense?

    I am beyond words this time.

  14. Pit Bull Lover says:

    Now that I’ve recovered from my involuntary projectile-vomiting response at seeing the words “Ingrid Newkirk” in a sentence, and after prudently rejecting the initial torrent of highly unladylike profanities that sprang to my lips and fingertips after reading this story, I offer you this…

    Question: How do you tell the difference between a genuinely compassionate man and a scared s#!%less dogfighter?

    Answer: A genuinely compassionate man doesn’t need a public relations team (that specializes in celebrity/corporate damage-control, by the way) to feed “news” like this to media outlets.

    Uh, Ookie? Mr. Former #1 First Round NFL Draft Pick? I recommend you ditch that famous L.A.-based PR firm you have on retainer and start looking for a BANKRUPTCY attorney.

  15. Dee says:


  16. Bridgett says:

    Well said, Dee.

  17. lovemyaussiedogs says:

    When I read this article last night, I cringed. Wonder why ‘he went to PETA’ in the first place? ‘Cause it’s close (VA)? He didn’t know any better ? He needs some guidance.. Anyone?

    Boy, speaking of the devil’s advocate…. PETA & MV…….!!!!!!!

  18. Act Now says:

    Thomas & Dee have said it all.

    “PETA wants the NFL to require a similar course to all football players.”

    ROFLMAO! Perhaps they should consider sending their own people first.

    This has not to do with the NFL; it would make as much sense to say ~ PETA wants all black people to attend a similar class, or PETA wants all men to attend a similar class. DUH!

  19. shibadiva says:

    Vick’s right up there with Britney in terms of being a traffic accident that you just have to slow down and watch.

  20. trucorgi says:
    PETA and Vick Consider PR Partnership

  21. nora says:

    OMG! trucorgi! I am horrified!

  22. Underdog says:

    South Florida

    Fla. Woman Killed by Her Two Pit Bulls
    By Associated Press
    9:41 PM EDT, October 2, 2007

    MIDDLEBURG, Fla. - Two pit bull terriers fatally attacked their owner who had raised them since birth, authorities said Tuesday. Tina Marie Canterbury, 42, was walking to her back yard when the 2-year-old redbone pit bull terriers attacked her, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

    One of Canterbury’s sons tried to help her, but the dogs attacked him. He was not seriously injured, authorities said.

    A family friend shot at the dogs to scare them away. A deputy shot one of the dogs. The other dog ran away but was found two hours later and killed, authorities said.

    Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said he couldn’t remember such a severe dog attack since becoming sheriff three years ago.

    There were no signs of dog fighting or other abuse at the Canterbury home, authorities said.
    More articles

    Copyright © 2007, The Associated Press

  23. Pit Bull Lover says:

    And your point, “Underdog,” is….what?

  24. 2CatMom says:

    trucorgi - if that isn’t like letting the fox guard the henhouse….

  25. Debra says:

    Vick and PETA PR connection. Now that is just disgusting. PETA = Vick.

    And, Underdog, I don’t understand the connection either.

  26. Jenny Bark says:

    Thomas & Dee said it all. I agree with both of them.

  27. doglover says:

    Vick does know PeTA also wants to change football? No leather.
    This is no more than a publicity stunt - the smell wafts through and it’s hard to say which one causes more. What little respect I had (very little) has gone into negative numbers when he pairs up with PeTA on ETHICS.

    As for the other one - a redbone is a coonhound - not a pitbull. Red *nose* refers to “pitbulls” but when a husky kills a toddler it doesn’t get spammed to other places.

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