Michael Vick: From Dog Fighting Ringleader to Animal Activist?

May 1, 2009

Michael Vick has a new job waiting for him when he is released from prison… with PETA.

The former NFL star, who is currently serving time for funding an illegal dog-fighting ring, is expected to join celebrities like Pamela Anderson, Kim Kardashian, and Eva Mendes as a spokesperson for the animal rights organization. Vick is hoping the new position will help rehabilitate his image in the community. It is expected that upon his release from jail, the convicted felon will record PSAs for PETA.

PETA has confirmed that they are in talks with Vick. Dan Shannon, the director of youth outreach and campaigns for PETA told AdAge.com:

We have been in discussions with Michael Vick, with his management team, about the possibility of him putting out a public-service announcement with PETA when he's out of jail. We want him to discourage people from taking part in dog-fighting. I can do it until I'm blue in the face and it might not convince anybody. Michael Vick sure can. He can say, "Look, I did it, I was wrong, and it ruined my career."

Vick’s attorneys expect their client to be released from jail on July 20th. It’s unlikely that Vick will appear naked in any of the spots. Thank God.

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