As part of our 10-year anniversary celebration, the FACE Foundation is proud to be hosting a screening of the amazing documentary film The Champions on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Illumina Theater here in San Diego.
The Champions is an inspirational story about the pit bulls rescued from the brutal fighting ring of former Atlanta Falcon’s star quarterback Michael Vick, and those who risked it all to save them, despite pressure from PETA and The Humane Society of the United States to euthanize the dogs. It is a story of second-chances, redemption and hope. This uplifting documentary takes us on a journey about much more than just dogs—about prejudice, being misunderstood, the power of resilience, and the significance of the relationship we as humans have with animals.
We invite all of our friends to join us for this special event. You can register HERE. Don’t live in or near San Diego? No problem! You can watch the movie trailer by clicking HERE, and even download the full film right HERE!
Infamous Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick announced earlier this week that he would like to adopt a dog. In an interview with Piers Morgan, Vick explained that his kids have wanted a dog for some time now, and that owning one would be therapeutic for them. “It certainly wouldn’t be a pit bull,” he assured. In 2007 Vick pleaded guilty to “Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture,” and was sentenced to 23 months in prison. Vick was also banned from owning a dog for three years immediately following his prison release, and that ban will expire this month.
Vick’s interest in adopting a new dog has provoked both support and outrage from the public. The ASPCA has already spoken out about Vick’s decision, telling TMZ, “Vick’s journey toward rehabilitation and redemption has not reflected any direct concern for the well being of animals, and we’ve never heard him express a shred of empathy toward the dogs he brutalized and killed.” The ASPCA went on to describe Vick’s actions as self-serving, and expressed “serious concerns about Vick’s ability to be a responsible pet guardian.”
Francis Battista of Best Friends Animal Society also blogged about Vick’s interest in adopting, and shed light on a devastating result of Vick’s dog-fighting operation. According to Battista, “many of the 22 ‘Vicktory dogs’ who came to Best Friends for rehabilitation arrived with a hidden killer circulating through their blood – babesia gibsoni, a fatal blood-born protozoan parasite that destroys red blood cells and ultimately causes death. It is virtually impossible to cure and treatment of symptoms involves long-term steroid therapy, which is itself debilitating. It is a terrible, wasting disease that is spread primarily through blood-to-blood exchanges during dog-fighting matches.”
A great number of dogs faced gruesome deaths at the hands of Vick, some had to be euthanized, and many of the remaining Vicktory dogs are still suffering the consequences of Vick’s actions. Many believe he should never be allowed to own a dog again, and others believe Vick has paid his dues and it is time to move on. Vick insists he is a changed man, working with the Humane Society of the United States among other damage control efforts. What do you think – should Vick be able to adopt a new dog?