Michael Vick supports federal dog-fighting laws at Capitol

Reformed dog fighter Michael Vick wants the law to come down on those who choose to engage in the activity.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday in an effort to support potential legislation against dog fighting. He suggests making it a crime to attend a dog fight and also make it illegal to bring a minor to a dog fight, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Vick served 18 months in federal prison for his role in a dog-fighting ring, something that brought his vast empire to the ground.

“I'm doing it for all the people out there who are involved, because there's so much more that you can be doing with your time,” Vick said. “There's so many animals that can be raised in better households and used as pets and having happy homes instead of being used for pointless activity and being harmed.”

The proposed bill would make it a federal misdemeanor to attend a dog fight and a felony to bring a child to such an event. The federal laws would complement state laws.

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