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.
â€œHe was asking questions, following up on points we were making, taking notes,â€ the PETA spokesman said. â€œHe seemed to be putting an honest effort into trying to get something out of the course.â€
He also added that Vick told him â€œhe wished he had gotten to take a course like this five years ago.â€
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.
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