Michael Vick was on Capitol Hill this morning asking Congress to pass a law against something Vick himself used to do often: Attending dog fights.
Organizing dog fights is already illegal, and Vick served 21 months in prison after admitting that he spent several years running a dog fighting ring. But Vick is now pressing the case that even attending an animal fight should be a crime.
“I deeply regret my previous involvement in dog fighting, I’m sorry for what I did to the animals,” Vick said at a news conference. “During my time in prison, I told myself I wanted to be part of the solution, not the problem.”
Vick is urging Congress to pass the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2011, which would strengthen penalties for people who finance animal fighting and make it illegal to attend or bring children to illegal cockfights and dog fights.