Dog-Killer Mike Vick Signs with the Jets. Was HSUS His Reference?

There was an understandable outcry in 2009 when, following Vick’s release from prison on convictions related to dogfighting, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. There was considerable concern when the Humane Society of the United States agreed to partner with Vick and rehab his public image. And there was even more consternation when Humane Society of the United CEO Wayne Pacelle told the press in 2010—after HSUS received $50,000 from the Eagles—that Vick “would do a good job as a pet owner.”

Did Wayne Pacelle just endorse Michael Vick yet again?

The New York Post reports that Jets fans are upset following the team’s decision to sign Michael Vick last week. But the Jets had sought out Pacelle before signing Vick:

A Jets spokesman said the team “performed its due diligence” prior to signing Vick, noting that team president Neil Glat called Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society, before a decision was made.

Sounds to us like Pacelle once again gave an endorsement of Vick. But how has the Michael Vick Apology Tour, sponsored by HSUS, turned out for animals?

According to the Pennsylvania SPCA, dogfighting investigations in Philadelphia went up after Vick signed with the Eagles. In 2008, there were 245 investigations, and in 2009, there were 903. The director of law enforcement for the Pennsylvania SPCA stated that there had been an increase in actual dogfighting, not just reports. In 2012, PSPCA had over 1,000 dogfighting investigations, and the group said last year that dogfighting cases had doubled since 2008-09.

Does Wayne Pacelle feel any remorse for this failed record? Perhaps not, since HSUS got a $50,000 grant and Pacelle is now apparently the go-to guy for people looking for a reference for Vick. Maybe Pacelle’s admission that “I don’t love animals or think they are cute” should include an addition: “But I do love money.”

Jets fans who love animals may not have to put up with Vick for too long. The Jets don’t have the greatest record of picking quarterbacks, and Vick may butt-fumble his way out of town sooner than later. But the situation is still troubling.

The Post asked of Michael Vick, “Who let the dog in?” Maybe that’s what HSUS members should ask about the HSUS board’s decision to keep Wayne Pacelle on as CEO.

Posted on 03/24/2014 at 2:03 pm by Humane Watch Team.

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  • MisterCadet

    HSUS, thanks to wack-job Wayne Pacelle, is the only animal rights organization to oppose New York’s “cruel and inhumane” horse-drawn carriage industry, while at the same time approving and helping to facilitate Michael Vick’s hiring by the New York Jets. At least PETA, the ASPCA, and other organizations are ethically consistent and not for sale. Even Ingrid Newkirk refused to serve as a character reference for the sociopath when Vick’s handlers approached PETA to make a deal.

    This is just the latest example of why Pacelle is an embarrassment and disgrace to the animal welfare world. Not only has HSUS diverted countless millions in charitable donations from the cause, Pacelle has proven himself to be the enemy of the very animals he claims to care about. In many ways, Wayne Pacelle is sicker than Mike Vick. He has certainly harmed more animals than his football buddy.

    • Carol Givens

      This makes me sick. The fact that I supported HSUS on a monthly basis for a long time, with an extremely limited income, makes me sicker. I thought I was giving to the one place that could help a large number of animals. When I heard that Wayne Pacelle said that “I don’t love animals or think they’re cute” I was really astounded; cancelled my membership. The fact that he has teamed up with Vick astounds me, even though it shouldn’t. He should know that every animal lover detests Vick for reasons I can easily list for those of you who say he “did his time”. You’re so right MisterCadet, PETA and the ASPCA are not for sale, nor would any true animal lover be. I have never run a huge charity organization but I dare say I could do a better job than Wayne Pacelle and a lot of animals would be saved and I’d also put a good amount towards hiring a team just to fight dog fighting, delegate money to go to high kill shelters so they could keep animals alive longer and to screen their employees better as we seem to have sadists in sheep’s clothing in many of these “shelters”. As a rescue worker, I can tell you, promise you, that I will never be wealthy doing this job; in fact, much money goes out of my pocket while NONE comes in, but that’s what I signed up for. Wayne Pacelle needs to be fired from this position, maybe he can go and cheer on Vick all by himself.

  • BelTerv

    Well I can tell from the previous comments that you have “fallen” for the HSUS/PeTA propaganda story. Do you know that PeTA kills more animals than they save? The HSUS does not operate any shelter and they give less than 1% of their budget to animal shelters. They did a raid in Texas left the animals at a locat shelter and took the $50,000 dollars they received from PetsMart to help with the animals care and left nothing for the shelter where they dumped the animals??
    To the previous posters do you have pets? Do you enjoy them and are glad they are a part of your life? I do and could not imagine my life without them. I would seriously hurt anyone who tried to hurt them. At the same time I would make someone graveyard dead who attempted to remove them from my property.
    If PeTA/HSUS were to get their way and people would no longer be able to own animals who is going to help those people who depend on service animals for their independence? To help the bilnd person to go about their day and not depend on someone else or the person who has hearing issues who depends on their service dog to hear the phone ring, their child cry or the doorbell?
    To the previous posters are you willing to be that service dog or what about the military or police dog? Are you willing to go out on the front lines to look for bombs, suspected al Quada or go into a building where a potential suspect maybe hiding to flush them out?

  • Get a Life