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Michael Vick Pushes for Anti-Dog Fighting Legislation

Posted Tuesday July 19, 2011 4:14 PM GMT

Using examples from his past indiscretions as a way to stop such acts in the future, Michael Vick took to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC today (July 19) to back a bill which targets both dog fighting organizers and spectators.

Accompanied by the head of Humane Society, Wayne Pacelle, as well as two U.S. representatives, the star NFL athlete called on Congress to pass H.R. 2492, a piece of legislation that would prohibit knowing attendance of organized animal fights and add additional penalties to those who bring children to such events.

Michael, who currently plays quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, was released from prison in 2009 after serving time for a dog fighting conviction.

Discussing his latest push for the proposed bill, Vick told, "In prison I told myself I want to be part of the solution, not the problem. These laws are not to punish people, but prevent people from getting involved."

Enjoy the pictures of Michael Vick pushing for anti-dogfighting legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC (July 19).

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