Jeromie Williams Eats The Internet For Breakfast
On the heels of rumours and then confirmation that convicted dog fighter and killer Michael Vick adopted a new dog into his family with the full support and blessing of the Humane Society of the United States, the industry watchdog HumaneWatch.org released a full page attack ad today in USA Today denouncing both Vick and the HSUS.
Not surprisingly, Michael Vick is not amused. He’ll have to forgive animal lovers, if his protests fall on deaf ears.
The ad focuses on the actions of both Michael Vick and his fighting, drowning, electrocuting, hanging and shooting of dogs and the support he received from the HSUS and its president Wayne Pacelle after his release from jail in exchange for a $50,000 donation from the Philadelphia Eagles. Why is it important to note where the money came from? It so happens that the Eagles are Michael Vick’s employers.
Insert your “Ah ha!” moment here.
The ad that was run this morning in USA Today has galvanized both sides of the debate, causing a mini Facebook war to break out between the two camps. Take a look for yourself and decide what you think of the ad.
The ad resulted in Michael Vick taking to his Facebook page to cry foul about being called out on his violent past in a vernacular that sounds not like it was penned by Vick himself, but highly paid publicists and lawyers from HSUS. Although HSUS claims they have not, and never will take money from Vick, they were happy to let him plug their donation page today. I digress, because you can read for yourself what he said.
Today a lobbyist group, funded by industries that cause harm to animals, attacked the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and me in a full-page ad in USA Today. The goal of the Center for Consumer Freedom is to damage HSUS and its ability to advocate on behalf of animal welfare.
HSUS works tirelessly on behalf of animal welfare across the country. The industries causing harm to animals are being pushed to make real, positive changes, and they don’t want to change. I am proud to support the HSUS’s work to protect dogs, and I urge everyone to join the organization as a member at (donation page redacted by author).
Picking up the ball tossed to them by Vick, the HumaneWatch Facebook page quickly pivoted and tossed back a three pointer from mid court, nailing the basket with a shot that was all net.
Michael Vick is speaking out about our USA Today ad—and attacking us! This, from the nation’s most notorious convicted dogfighting kingpin. Why don’t you leave Vick a message and let him know what you think? (Link below.)
The fact that HSUS would bring a convicted dog torturer into its ranks is almost as unbelievable as the idea that Michael Vick wrote this post himself. Note that when Vick (that is, HSUS) refers to “animal abusers” what he (HSUS) really means is farmers. By that logic, Michael Vick continues to abuse animals every time he eats a cheeseburger. HSUS only gives one percent of its budget to pet shelters, rips off Americans with deceptive advertising, and gets a “D” grade from the American Institute of Philanthropy. Michael Vick and HSUS deserve each other.
HumaneWatch makes an extremely valid point when they bring up the fact that not only does the HSUS not support animal shelters with more than one percent of the donations they receive, they are also not affiliated with any animal shelters as they often attempt to imply on the down low that they kinda sorta might be – wink wink, nudge nudge.
To give you all a recap of why this ad has caused so much attention, and just what lead to it, a little history lesson from Wikipedia might be in order.
In July 2007, Vick and three other men were charged by federal authorities with felony charges of operating an unlawful interstatedog fighting venture known as “Bad Newz Kennels.” Vick was accused of financing the operation, directly participating in dog fights and executions, and personally handling thousands of dollars in related gambling activities. Federal prosecutors indicated they intended to proceed under the powerful provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), a United States federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.
So there you have it folks. As one organization tries to cash in on the fame and notoriety of a convicted animal killer while claiming to have animal rights as their mandate, another stands on the side of animals and calls out the obvious hypocrisy of the situation and is asking the tough questions.
What side do you stand on? Leave a comment below and tell us.