Should Michael Vick, a man who victimized and killed pit bulls as part of an illegal dog fighting operation, be allowed to one day own another animal?
While the NFL quarterback is currently not granted such a privilege under a court-ordered rule, he does hope one day that the order is lifted. In an interview with the website TheGrio, Vick says that befriending a dog could help show the world that he has changed.
"I would love to get another dog in the future," he says. "I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process. I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love, and my passion for animals."
Since his release from prison, Vick has been working with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), touring schools, and speaking out against dog fighting. It's a role he says he's committed to performing for the rest of his life.
"I do it because I want to," he told TheGrio. "I think if I can help five or six kids daily, then I'm playing my position as a positive role model in our society. It doesn't hurt to do it, and it's fairly easy. I tell a lot of people that it's easy to do the wrong thing. It's hard to do the right thing."
Vick's not the only one who thinks he's ready for a four-legged friend. "I have been around him a lot, and feel confident that he would do a good job as a pet owner," Wayne Pacelle, president of HSUS, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. However, he added that he understands why so many people would be against such a move. "What he did was awful, and a lot of people haven't been able to get past that."