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Petition seeks to cancel Vick’s courage award

An online petition drive has been launched, asking the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation to rescind the award that Michael Vick’s Philadelphia Eagles teammates unanimously voted for him to receive.

The petition, being sent to Sam Lamantia, CEO of the foundation, reads:

Recently the Philadelphia Eagles have elected Michael Vick as their recipient for this year’s Courage Award. Given Mr. Vick’s crimes and felony conviction, we do not believe he is worthy of this honor. For several years, in addition to promoting dogfighting, Vick himself tortured, abused, and murdered innocent dogs for his own profit and apparent enjoyment. This is not courage. This is inhumanity, immorality, and sheer brutality and does not warrant giving Vick this or any other reward.

Many of us have protested Vick’s reinstatement to the NFL. There has been strong media and PR influence in trying to diminish his past actions and erase the public’s memory of his sadistic behavior. We encourage you to stand up for the rights of animals everywhere and the memory of the dogs who endured Vick’s cruelty…

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, based in Baltimore, is dedicated to promoting awareness and assisting in the prevention of child abuse. Vick’s promotion and financing of dogfighting activities and his conviction in 2007 of felony dogfighting charges run counter to that mission, petition backers say.

PETA, meanwhile, has also come out against Vick receiving the honor — one Vick says he deserves because of what he has “been through.”

“In no way does Michael Vick represent courage and inspiration,” the petition’s organizer said. “Rather, he exemplifies cruelty and inhumanity, and is not deserving of reward or recognition. We the undersigned strongly encourage the Ed Block Foundation to demonstrate the true substance of bravery, morals, and ethics. Deny Michael Vick the honor of the Courage Award.”


Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time December 29, 2009 at 8:49 am

Thanks for the on-line petition signature link. I and 4 co-workers just signed. This award is an insult to all those who have received it in the past (and the list is impressive). As I have lamented before, can’t this creep just GO AWAY??

Comment from FCB
Time December 29, 2009 at 9:54 am

Thanks for posting this link. It is incomprehensible how an organization that claims to oppose child abuse can give an award to some one who has been convicted of animal cruelty. Numerous studies have documented a high correlation between homes with animal abuse and child abuse. They have also documented a high correlation between homes with animal abuse and homes with domestic violence. Animal abuse is one of the most signficiant predictors of violent criminal behavior. The people who selected Vick for this award and those at the foundation giving it are morons and discredit the anti-abuse work they claim to do.

Comment from Tom
Time December 29, 2009 at 10:14 am

I seriously could not believe this when I heard he received this award.. what is wrong with people these days. Its ridiculous to say he deserves it because of what he has been through.. alll of this was his fault and 100% brought on by himself.

Comment from M. Cruickshank
Time December 29, 2009 at 10:27 am

Vick’s acts against animals is imoral and sickening. Please do not allow him to receive this award. If he truly had courage he’d be standing up for animal rights instead of propounding violence towards animals.

Comment from Jonathan Gilbert
Time December 29, 2009 at 11:30 am

Myanger with Vick is on many levels, HOWEVER, it is my belief that his work with the HSUS anti-dogfighting campaign has had an impact and has saved lives. I have swallowed my anger and fully support Vicks attempts at making amends. Its about the dogs, not my anger, and his work is saving dogs period amen. While I will never call him friend, I will stand up next to him in support of what he is doing..Secondly, any knowledgeable person know that PETA is an extremeist group that does more damage than good.

Comment from Starla
Time December 29, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Yes, he is “standing up with the HSUS to save dogs” & “PETA is an extremist group that does more damage than good”…however…The HSUS is NOT squeaky clean on the Vick issue. They lobbied HARD for all those dogs (and others) to be killed. They did not save Vicks dogs, but they have certainly proffited from the image that they were involved in rehabilitating the very monster that made those dogs fight for their lives, both in & out of the ring. Thank God for BadRap, the ASPCA, Our Pack, Best Friends & all the others who actually fought for & saved the Vick dogs. I cannot understand how he is worthy of an award for his humanity. I think he has a long way to go to deserve an award for that. Someday…perhaps. Now…No!

Comment from baltimoregal
Time December 29, 2009 at 3:02 pm

There is a Facebook cause page with much information on how to contact all the parties involved as well as communicate with others (535 members and counting) who are making this stand.

And Jonathan- Vick is working with the HSUS as part of his parole/community rehab and Eagles work agreement. There is no evidence it is saving dogs- dogfighting has gone up in Philadelphia since he has been there. And to suggest that everyone against him receiving this award is involved with PETA is ridiculous, since most pit bull advocates and dog fighting rescuers are NOT fans of PETA due to their BSL stance.

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time December 29, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Jonathan, I agree with you on most–but not quite all–of the points you’ve outlined. I won’t be signing the PETA petition either. Here’s what I think:
1) Michael Vick absolutely does not deserve this award. Not now and possibly not ever.
2) You are right that it should be about the dogs. There hasn’t been enough time (in my opinion) to gauge the impact he may have on animal welfare.
3) I like to believe that almost all human beings are redeemable. Vick has paid his court-mandated debt to society. It remains to be seen if his intentions to benefit dogs are genuine or just PR hype. If they turn out to be genuine, and if he keeps up his efforts, I’ll go as far as to say he deserves our support. I’m still waiting to be convinced, but for the sake of the dogs, I’m keeping an open mind.
4) As far as I’m concerned, PETA is as dodgy as hell. Their well documented actions at various animal shelters in Virginia are enough to convict them in my view. Incidents seem to abound where they have abducted service dogs and otherwise taken the law into their own hands–assuming that they know what’s best for various types of animals.
5) As far as politics go, I’m pretty much of a flaming liberal. As far as religion goes, I’m a (quite liberal) Christian. I frankly find their advertisements and publicity stunts to be offensive and disgusting; they exploit women and gays/lesbians, they have made life difficult for families with young children who don’t want their children to see women being made into objects, and their recent “Christian” advert was just flat out offensive to me. They can use their freedom of speech, but I can equally use my freedom of association. Since they obviously don’t want my ilk, I’ll gladly avoid them. But I won’t keep quiet about why.

I remain hopeful that some more mainstream animal-welfare group will get up a petition, and I would gladly add my name to it. Meanwhile, I intend to keep watching Michael Vick and avoiding PETA.

Comment from baltimoregal
Time December 29, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Just to clarify to Anne and all others who are reading, the petition is NOT sponsored by PETA. As a pit bull advocate I have many issues with the group as well. Please don’t let this idea get in the way of protesting Vick’s award from the Ed Block Foundation.

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time December 29, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Well, I sit corrected. PETA is not, in fact, the sponsor of the petition. I’m headed off to sign it now!

Comment from spider17
Time December 30, 2009 at 6:34 pm

I was flabbergasted when Vick was allowed to don an NFL uniform again, but winning an award for courage is beyond the pale. If I had my way, he would be quarterbacking against a defense comprised of very angry dogs.

Comment from kathyg
Time January 2, 2010 at 1:51 am

There is no way that person deserves any award for all the torture and suffering he caused all those animals for FUN ,SP0RT.He should be giving his salary to the pit-bull rescues and animal rescues.

Comment from Michelle
Time January 10, 2010 at 11:32 am

Since the whole team voted on this for Michael Vick it is high time the WHOLE philadelphia eagles (yes it was left uncapitalized for a reason!) team be boycotted. This includes their sponsors such as pepsi, verizon, taco bell, etc. (All left in small letters for the same reason.) Pu your money where your principles are and boycott this team.