When Wayne Pacelle, the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States embraced the most notorious animal abuser of our time as an HSUS spokesman and agreed to help him improve his image and get back into the NFL, he told us that Michael Vick was reformed and wants to be “part of the solution.” As insincere and obscene as that rationale was, it turns out that it isn’t even part of Vick’s talking points, as he recently claimed to students that he isn’t responsible for the brutal abuse, torture, and killing of dogs.
According to ESPN,
Vick told a crowd of about 250 to “use me as an example for your dreams.” Vick also told them that after accomplishing his goals he “allowed someone who didn’t have my best interests at heart to take all that away from me,” according to a release from the school.
So someone else made him kill dogs:
- By hanging: “by placing a nylon cord over a 2 x 4 that was nailed to two trees located next to the big shed.”
- By drowning: “by putting the dogs’ heads in a 5 gallon bucket of water.”
- By beating: “by slamming [dogs] to the ground several times … breaking the dog’s back or neck.”
- By shooting: “by shooting the animal with a .22 caliber handgun.”
- By electrocution. According to one of the people Vick paid “to live on the property, take care of the dogs, and arrange dog fights,” “He admitted killing numerous dogs after ‘testing’ and after fights by shooting and electrocuting the dogs and then burying them on the… property.”
Someone else made him kill dogs who would not fight rather than give them away even though his coconspirators wanted to give them away but “Vick stated ‘they got to go,’ meaning they needed to be killed.” Someone else made him further brutalize dogs that would not initially die from hanging:
- “One dog that did not die from hanging was taken down and drowned in a 5 gallon bucket of water.”
- In another case, “Vick took down one of the dogs that would not die from hanging and tossed the dog to the side. He later hung the same dog until it died. He wore overalls, which were hung in the garage, when he killed the dogs, so he would not soil his clothes.”
This is the sadist who is now an HSUS spokesman (or is it the other way around?), and who Pacelle is asking the American people to embrace as “reformed.” This is the man Pacelle wants to go into classrooms to tell young children the lesson he has learned: That if you are caught torturing and killing animals for fun, do not take responsibility. You can do whatever you want. You can take great pleasure in watching family pets be torn to shreds.You can electrocute, hang, shoot, drown, and beat dogs to death yourself. You can lie to federal investigators. You can shift the blame to others. Because, in the end, you’ll get everything you lost back in the process—including playing in the NFL.
And HSUS, the nation’s largest animal protection group, will help you do it.