Michael Vick records video urging public to report dogfighting

Michael Vick is being featured in a 30-second public service video urging the public to report dogfighting activity to authorities and report acts of animal cruelty.

The video, created by the Humane Society of the United States, features a toll-free tip line that viewers can call. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has also filmed a two-minute educational video with a message targeted for youngsters that encourages them to treat pets and animals properly.

“Michael Vick served time for illegal dogfighting, and he’s an important ambassador for the message that dogfighting is cruel, that it’s a felony, and that we must be good to animals,” said Wayne Pacelle, the president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “Mike has been making appearances for HSUS’ anti-dogfighting campaign, and these videos will broaden our audience and remind people to report animal fighting crimes and help to build humane communities.”

The HSUS’ animal fighting tip line (877-TIP-HSUS) is a national toll-free phone line to report dogfighting and cockfighting activities. The line is answered by experienced HSUS staff who work with law enforcement to investigate reported cases of animal fighting. The HSUS offers a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of animal fighters.

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