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Michael Vick: The best thing that ever happened to PETA

PETA is against factory farms, but it understands the value of milking every last drop of potential press attention from a story.

Michael Vick started practicing with the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend after signing a performance-based contract last week.  PETA was quick to speak out against the signing.  Previously, PETA had petitioned the NFL to mandate psychological testing after his prison term to determine whether Vick is a psychopath.  They asked Vick to take their own “empathy test” – then publicly released his answers, exposing his sixth-grade level essay answers to public ridicule (despite a pretty good score).   Earlier this year, they pulled a bait-and-switch during preliminary discussion of Vick appearing in a public service announcement.

And each time, PETA received press attention – which means they have fresh clips they can send to donors and prospective funders.  (As Townhall’s Dwayne Horner has shown, like many non-profit organizations, PETA takes more direction from their funders than they’d like you to know.)  If they ever kissed and made up with Vick, the media gravy train would stop – so don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen.

If Vick and his handlers understand PR strategy they will ignore PETA – choosing instead to work with the ASPCA, local shelters, or other reputable organizations whose mission is to actually help animals.  But the more likely scenario is that Vick feels the pressure of the protesters who will likely be present at every game (especially the prime time ones) and works fruitlessly to come to soem sort of agreement with PETA – an effort that would be like trying to “come to an agreement” with his new rival’s defensive line.

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One thought on “Michael Vick: The best thing that ever happened to PETA

  1. “In 2006, PETA killed 2,981 dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and other animals. This is 97% of the animals left in their care, according to PETAs own records they supplied to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (2006). For comparison, the Virginia Society for the Protection of Animals (which operates in Norfolk, Virginia, as does PETA) euthanized less than 2.5% of the 1,404 animals placed with them in 2006. While PETA collects tens of millions in donations by claiming to advocate for the welfare of animals, the group has actually killed 17,400 pets since 1998.

    PETA’s “Animal Record” report for 2008, filed with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, shows that the animal rights group killed 95 percent of the dogs and cats in its care last year. During all of 2008, PETA accepted 2,216 pets. Of the 2,216 animals, PETA found adoptive homes for just seven pets. This brings the total animals killed by PETA from July 1998 to December 2008 up to over 21,000.”

    Raven

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