Target: Mitchell B. Modell, CEO of Modell’s Sporting Goods
Goal: Don’t sell convicted animal abuser Michael Vick’s new clothing line
Micheal Vick, current quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, is a convicted animal abuser. In 2008 he was found guilty of funding and taking part in an illegal dog fighting ring. After serving 23 months in prison, he returned to the public spotlight. Once again playing football for the NFL, Vick has recently launched his own athletic clothing line. His products are being sold throughout the East Coast by Modell’s Sporting Goods.
Because of the extensive coverage it received, most people are probably aware of Vick’s past abuses. While being searched as part of a drug investigation, evidence of an illegal dog fighting ring was found on Vick’s Virginia property. It was eventually discovered that Vick helped to run the interstate dog fighting ring known as Bad Newz Kennels. Vick probably felt that getting caught was bad news for him, but it was the dogs under his care who really suffered. Pictures of surviving dogs showed animals in deplorable physical states, and that’s to say nothing of their mental health. Details of how under-performing dogs were gruesomely murdered were shocking and heartbreaking.
Now, as part of an effort to create a renewed positive image for himself, Vick has released a new athletic clothing line. Items in his line are currently being sold in Modell’s Sporting Goods stores. Modell’s CEO Mitchell Modell has stated that “Everyone deserves a second chance in life.” But where is the second chance for the dogs Vick murdered?
By signing this petition, you are asking that Modell’s Sporting Goods stops promoting Micheal Vick’s clothing line. Vick may have served his jail sentence and apologized for his actions, but that does not erase his past actions. There will be no second chance for the animals he brutally murdered. By promoting Vick in a positive way, Modell’s is sending out the wrong message. People as violent and heartless as Micheal Vick should not be promoted in the public eye. Is someone who tortured, killed, and abused dogs the type of person you would want for your children’s role model?
Dear Mitchell B. Modell,
Please take the time to reconsider promoting Micheal Vick’s new clothing line in your stores. His violent actions are well-known, and although he has served his jail sentence and apologized for his actions, that does not erase his past.
Micheal Vick is not the type of person who should be promoted in a positive way. He is a violent and heartless person. You have been quoted to say that “everyone deserves a second chance in life”, but where is the second chance for the dogs who Vick brutally murdered? Is he really the type of person you would see promoted towards American children? Surely there are other sports figures who would make much better role models. Show the world that Modell’s is a company with a heart, rather than one that promotes violence and crime. Thank you.
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