PETA continues to break new ground in the unusual approach to animal advocacy sweepstakes. Apparently, Micheal Vick is in talks with PETA to become a spokesperson for the organization. We can interpret Vick’s motives in a number of ways. Perhaps he has rehabilitated himself and developed a love (or at least respect) for animals while in prison and now wants to help steer others toward the path of righteousness. One might suspect, however, that since he has lost everything, is still young, and hopes to resume playing pro football, his reasons might smack more of opportunism than altruism.
Ultimately, I don’t know that it matters because [heaven help me] I think it’s a good idea. First, Vick can reach a constituency that typical animal welfare PSAs don’t normally impact. Second, he is bound to attempt to rehabilitate his image somehow; why not like this? And third, I seriously doubt that the NFL will gauge whether to allow him back into the league based on whether he did volunteer work for PETA. So heck; go for it, I say.
UPDATE: PETA withdrew from these negotiations some time ago after learning that Vick had enjoyed putting family pets in the ring with fightingdogs. According to a PETA spokesperson:
PETA believes that this revelation, along with other factors in the report, fit the established profile for anti-social personality disorder (APD), and we called on Vick to have a brain scan to help confirm this. People diagnosed with APD are commonly referred to as “psychopaths.” They are usually male, prone to lying and manipulation, often take pleasure in cruelty, and cannot feel genuine remorse, which frequently leads to recidivism.
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