“One Shot at a Second Chance.”

The Eagle has landed.  Vick will play in the City of Brotherly Love

The Eagle has landed. Vick will play in the City of Brotherly Love

Michael Vick returned to the NFL as a Philadelphia Eagle.

Let the howls of protest begin.

“He doesn’t stand a chance here.  He would’ve been better off somewhere else.”

~ Alfred Snolten, Eagles fan

“I’m really shocked that he’s coming to Philadelphia. He kept talking about second chances. His dogs didn’t have a second chance. … There are a lot of people out there who deserve second chances more than Michael Vick.”

~ Bill Smith,  founder of Main Line Animal Rescue in the Philadelphia suburbs

Of course, those headline-chasing publicity whores at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) couldn’t wait to drop the hammer on Vick’s signing with the Eagles.

Dan Shannon, a spokesman for PETA, questioned the sincerity of Michael Vick’s expressed remorse hours after the quarterback was introduced Friday as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.”Not quite comfortable is how we feel about it,” said Shannon. “It’s possible he’s on the right path and only time will tell. But we, as an organization, haven’t seen sufficient evidence of that.”

 Vick took an eight-hour course offered by PETA, Developing Empathy for Animals, on Sept. 18, 2007

According to Shannon, PETA’s discomfort stemmed from months of discussions with Vick about broadcasting public service announcements aimed at helping to eliminate dogfighting. He said PETA suspected that the former NFL star was more interested in repairing his image than the cause itself and ended the talks in late January.

“It’s hard to say what’s really going on inside the guy,” Shannon said. “Our worry was that he was doing it as a public relations move to try to regain his public image.

“We had concerns he was in it for personal gain rather than a genuine desire to help animals.”

Shannon said PETA asked Vick to undergo a psychiatric evaluation in order to eliminate those worries. He refused. The quarterback is, however, working with the Humane Society.     — USA Today

Think about that for a minute.  PETA wanted Vick to submit to a psychiatric evaluation before they would feel comfortable he was truly repentant for his crime.   Sports Illustrated reports the animal activist group also demanded Vick undergo a brain scan as well to prove he was a changed man.

PETA can kiss both my and Michael Vick’s ass. 

PETA are the same assholes who produced this “comic book” for the kiddies:

If what Vick did was cruel, how is PETA giving kids nightmares better?

If what Vick did was cruel, how is PETA giving kids' nightmares better?

You have to be really sick manipulative bastards to try and go through kids to get at their parents this way.

PETA also sexually exploits women with their “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” ad campaigns.

These sanctimonious jerks are trying to shove their morality down society’s throat and if you disagree with them that makes you some sort of animal-killing fascist.  PETA is the personfication of the liberal elite’s complete confidence in their own virtue and purity and  it is their holy mission to  impose it upon all the non-believing heathens.   PETA is the left-wing version of The Taliban. 

The people who don’t want to see Vick get another chance in the NFL wouldn’t have cared what team had signed him.   The pricipled puritans of PETA don’t give a damn about trying to reform or redeem Vick.   They see him as an excellent whipping boy.   As long as Vick remains a hissable villian PETA can wrap themselves in the bloodied carcasses of dead pit bulls and decry any attempt to allow Vick to reenter society. 

What has PETA ever done on a grassroots level to eliminate the popularity of dog-fighting in urban communities?   Throwing blood on wealthy White women imprudent enough to wear fur may intimidate the hell out of them, but trying that trick on some inner city Black or Hispanic teenager is a real good way to earn a serious beatdown.

If PETA wasn’t so concerned about trying to pimp Vick to raise their own profile and redeem their own image, they would see him for what he is:  a  possible spokesman against animal cruelty that has more authenticity with urban youth than any celebrity vegetarian.

It’s cool to be for the rights of animals, but not at the expense of a man’s right to attempt to pick up the pieces of his life after he’s done his time in jail and paid his debt to society.

That’s “debt to society,” not “debt to PETA.”

Vick said in a press conference flanked by  Eagles coach Andy Reid and his adviser, Tony Dungy, ” To this day, I can’t understand why I was involved in such pointless activities and why I risked so much at the pinnacle of my career.”

“You only get one shot at a second chance, and I’m conscious of that.”

 There’s no way to give the dogs Vick killed a second chance.  But despite what the PETA elitists might believe human beings do deserve  second chances.   

Even Michael Vick.   Maybe especially Michael Vick.