Michael Vick backs dog-fighting bill

    Michael Vick is backing a bill that would make even watching a dog fight illegal.

    Michael Vick is backing a bill that would make even watching a dog fight illegal.

    The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback headed to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to publicly back H.R. 2492, which would crackdown on supporters of dog fighting. The bill, more commonly known as the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, would make it a misdemeanor offense to knowingly attend dog or cock fights.

    Dog fighting itself is a felony in all 50 states, but there’s no law in place to punish the people who watch the matches.

    In Michael’s reasoning, those who bet on the fights are just as guilty as the people that facilitate them because they provide the money that funds much of the operation. "You take away the profits, you can eliminate the problem," Michael told legislators and reporters.

    In addition to penalizing spectators, the bill would also make it illegal to bring a child to dog or cock fights.

    Michael was convicted on dog-fighting charges back in 2007 after pleading guilty to funding a dog-fighting ring that was operated out of one of his homes in Virginia. The NFL player was released from prison in 2009 and has since been working to clean up his image, starting with speaking out about the very thing that got him locked up four years ago.

    “I do regret my previous involvement in dog fighting. I’m sorry for what I did to the animals,” Michael said. “When I was in prison, I decided to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”




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