Vick urges Congress to make attending a dog fight a federal crime

AP

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.

85 responses to “Vick urges Congress to make attending a dog fight a federal crime

  1. Bravo Vick.. but I’d rather the government be less involved in my life, even if it is relating to dogfighting.

  2. So, what do you cute little dog lovers have to say about this. Go ahead and bash Mike Vick some more, when other countries are eating dogs, and people here are killing people and getting away with it.

  3. Good for him. Of course, the idiots in Washington need to solve this debt crisis first, but this would be a good thing if Congress could pass this bill after the summer recess.

  4. Seeing stuff is a crime? What about hearing certain things. how long till thats a crime. I thought this was America.

  5. and the shark gets jumped. and pummeled, electrocuted, and drown in an empty bucket?

  6. Now that I don’t celebrate 420 like I used to, everyone who does should get the death penalty.

  7. Another step in the right direction.

    I still need to see it continue after he gets his big contract and he is off probation, but this is clearly a positive.

    Now that I have the serious stuff out of the way, I urge everyone to click on the “I’m sorry for what I did to the animals” hyperlink and jump down to the second to last paragraph in the story.

    Pure unintended comedic gold.

  8. MY PIT BULL HAS APPROVED THIS MESSAGE.

    HE MADE MISTAKES, BUT IS GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. EVEN IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE HE IS GENUINE IN HIS STATEMENTS, AT LEAST HE HAS THE BALLS TO MAKE THEM.

  9. My question is, why? Why do we really need this law? Dog fighting is already outlawed in 50 states. We’ve got enough reasons to throw someone in prison. It is nothing more than a feel good law that accomplishes nothing.

  10. So does this change you guys being against him saying he wouldn’t change anything about his past?

  11. What a joke! How can people believe anything this guy has to say! One day he will get what he deserves and no 21 months in jail isn’t it.

  12. It doesn’t bring all the puppies he murdered (savagely) back to life.

    Also, it’s nice to see everyone back on the Vick bandwaggon.

  13. Plaxico Burress urges State of New York to enforce life sentences for shooting yourself.

    Dante Stallworth urges obtaining a DUI and killing someone with your vehicle to be a form of manslaughter, wait????? Hmmmmmm

    Big Ben fights for bathroom video surviellance in all nasty college dive bars in Georgia.

  14. Some of you are incredible.

    I’d like to see how perfect some of your lives are as some don’t give anybody a second chance.

    If a guy goes out and actually does something to help raise awareness of something he did wrong, he’s a hypocrite or he’s phoney or it’s a publicity stunt.

    If a guy doesn’t do anything but sit on his behind, he’s not doing anything to help his community or he doesn’t care about the damage his crime did to people.

    Vick committed a crime, got caught and did his time in jail and lost tens of millions of dollars. He got out and has spoke out against his crime to the press and kids, and apparently is even now lobbying against it to congress.

    What the hell do some of you want?

  15. Yo thephantomstranger,

    Your got problems bro. I see your posts on this site all the time and it’s all negative. Move out of your parents house and try to meet a girl. Your out look will change for the better. Vick owns his mistakes and is trying to be a better person. You should try it.

    Cheers Vick.

  16. Where’s the hate now? Sure it can be considered hypocritical as bvolke pointed out, but the fact is we need hypocrites like him, especially if taking children to dog fights is not currently illegal.

    And as for anybody saying he has yet to change, this action more than any other directly alienates anybody in the dog fighting circle he used to hang out with, so I guess it’s safe to say he’s not only advocating change but also changing his own personal lifestyle at the same time.

  17. Why can’t Michael Vick learn from his mistakes and try to atone by making changes in this world? Why are people so quick to bash him?

    Good for him for trying to bring change. It’s not hypocrisy, it’s called involvement. Look it up!

  18. For those confused about the definition of hypocrisy, here it is. I’m pretty sure Vick meets the criteria.

    a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.

  19. dewalt2990 says:
    Seeing stuff is a crime? What about hearing certain things. how long till thats a crime. I thought this was America
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    No viewers = no show. Pretty simple concept really. Attendance in support of an illegal activity should be illegal.
    Under your concept, it would be illegal to sell drugs, but legal to buy them. You can buy stolen stereos, just don’t do the stealing. Doesn’t make sense…anybody who supports or encourages illegal activity is guilty regardless of what role they played.

    This ain’t just “seeing stuff”. It’s seeing sick twisted immoral stuff which in actuality is even more degrading to humankind than to the animals.

  20. And as for anybody saying he has yet to change, this action more than any other directly alienates anybody in the dog fighting circle he used to hang out with

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    Sure, like when Marion Barry spoke out about drug abuse it alienated his crack dealers.

  21. I’d like to see how perfect some of your lives are as some don’t give anybody a second chance.

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    Er… Mike Vick is on his 5th or 6th chance.

  22. Considering the state of the country, Congress has much, MUCH more important things to do than waste time on the floor with this guy.

    It absolutely is a PR Vick stunt and anyone that disagrees with this is a brain dead sucker.

  23. Tim says:
    Jul 19, 2011 3:59 PM
    Bravo Vick.. but I’d rather the government be less involved in my life, even if it is relating to dogfighting.
    _____________________________

    The fact that this perfectly sane, reasonable, and innocuous comment would receive (as of 4:17 Eastern) only 8 thumbs up , as compared to a whopping, disgusting, saddening, infuriating, 31 thumbs-down, tells you ALL you need to know about what’s wrong with our country–and more specifically, our government — today.

    They treat us like stupid, moronic sheep, like mindless slaves to the almight Nanny State because most of us ARE, or at least, most of us have ALLOWED ourselves to become that.

    Most people, it would seem, want and need and maybe even ENJOY being told what to do, think, say, act, feel, eat, drive, wear, hear, buy, believe, how to vote, and so on.

    Blind obedience — like whipped puppies, licking the boots of the very same master who kicks you.

    Time to wake up, sleepy heads — your government is NOT just not always looking out for YOUR best interests…the fact, the reality, is it RARELY (if ever) is.

    Education, healthcare, transportation, food, entertainment and “news” (same thing), travel, employment, internet, medicine, reproduction, religion, sports, business…I defy you to look around at your life (heck, start just by looking around the room!) and find ONE thing, one single thing, that isn’t partly or totally controlled (regulated, monitored, and taxed) by government.

    Can you find anything?
    Of course you can’t. And then one day you wake up and realize you’re (already) living in a fascist, Orwellian police state, where EVERYTHING you do is taxed, monitored and controlled.

    As for Vick — IF his motives are pure and authentic (and that’s a big fat hairy “if”), okay, swell — I can admire the general sentiment, but definitely not the methods.

  24. greenbay4ever says:
    Jul 19, 2011 4:22 PM
    Yo thephantomstranger,

    Your got problems bro. I see your posts on this site all the time and it’s all negative. Move out of your parents house and try to meet a girl. Your out look will change for the better. Vick owns his mistakes and is trying to be a better person. You should try it.
    ______________

    You must be frequenting the Packer posts, because I’m usually quite positive. If you don’t believe me, do a content analysis of all the comments I’ve made over the last month. I can’t help it if I make a humorous observation on the human condition and you don’t get it. Let me explain it to you. We all tell our kids not to do things that we used to do all the time, because now we know that they’re bad things. But we’re secretly really glad that we were able to do them and get away with it. See? Not ripping Vick. I’m glad he’s seen the light. Just pointing out how the situation is similar to something many of us have experienced. I guess you would have had to have sex with a woman to get it, though.

  25. I live in Honolulu, I seen this guy out here for the probowl, if you honestly think these guys change your stupid. They run around town with the sleeziest hoes behind their wives backs. They change to a certain extent to avoid public scrutiny, this was a PR move not his decision. Why do you think Nike resigned him only now? They had to wait to make sure he was staying outta trouble in the press, thats all that matters, here come the $$$$$$$$$$ signs. To use doggy language to explain:

    Stay outta trouble wouble Vick!

    Good Vicky boi !!!! Heres a treat: $$$$

  26. From the article:

    “To see the young kid walking with the c*ck, you know, was astonishing,” Vick said. “It was taking place in a similar setting of what I’ve been around before.

    “This is what our kids are being taught,” he said, “and it’s inhumane and it’s pointless.

    “That child could be doing so much more with his life, instead of walking around with a c*ck in his hand, waiting to fight, even if he’s not involved, being there, his presence speaks volumes as to what goes on when people’s heads are turned.”

    aaaahahahahaha!

  27. And the basis for federal jurisdiction in an intrastate dog fight utilizing canines from the same state? Moron.

  28. Don’t Talk about it…Be about it. Id like to see you put some $ out there Vick. And for all these people being like “oh hes doing the right thing”….Do any of you really EVER in your day think about murdering dogs and having Dog fighting circles…Its over the top,extreme acts of violence…not parking tickets..or weed. Its strange demented stuff…..get with it people.

  29. Haters are unbelievable. If Vick doesn’t change, he gets hung by you guys. If he does change, he gets hung by you guys.

    The man is righting some wrongs. Props to him for it.

  30. Really people? How any. of u can still bash vick after this is beyond me. I mean what he is doing rivht now is good right? Yet your still bashing him? So u want him to do bad things? Would that make u feel better. see u people are proving what i already thought about vick bashers. u root for negativity over positives. if u dont like him then fine but dont bash him untill he does something wrong. Hope he gets what he deserves? oh so u want him dead or something? Get a life u lowlives…

  31. So it is wrong for me to put on a dog fight, but it is legal for you to watch it. Is it legal to witness something illegal and do nothing about it?

    MV is the guy who is turning around his life and telling others to not make the same mistakes he did. This is above and beyond what was required as part of his parole.

  32. As a man who has owned dogs (German Shepherds) my entire life and where once I was Michael Vick’s and VT’s biggest fan as I love college football and would brag to everyone I knew and say just wait and see this guy. I was appalled and disgusted at his dog fighting ventures and became Michael Vick’s biggest hater……………..until now. If Michael Vick can pull this off I will again be a Michael Vick fan. In essence because of the unfortunate atrocities this disaster will have a happy ending!

  33. Some guys talk about making changes in their lives and others demonstrate it.

    Mike Vick has come a long way in 12 months. Here’s hoping he continues down the path he’s on.

  34. Good for Vick. Say what you want, but he’s out there actually doing something. When Mike Tyson got out of jail, did he change anything about his life and lifestyle? Has Ben Roethlisberger done anything to try to prevent rape?

    The people who still hold grudges over him need to get over it. Your anger isn’t going to do anything except marginalize the work that he is trying to do. Who cares why he is doing it? He’s pushing the same agenda you are.

  35. “The fact that this perfectly sane, reasonable, and innocuous comment would receive (as of 4:17 Eastern) only 8 thumbs up , as compared to a whopping, disgusting, saddening, infuriating, 31 thumbs-down, tells you ALL you need to know about what’s wrong with our country–and more specifically, our government — today.

    They treat us like stupid, moronic sheep, like mindless slaves to the almight Nanny State because most of us ARE, or at least, most of us have ALLOWED ourselves to become that.

    Most people, it would seem, want and need and maybe even ENJOY being told what to do, think, say, act, feel, eat, drive, wear, hear, buy, believe, how to vote, and so on.

    Blind obedience — like whipped puppies, licking the boots of the very same master who kicks you.

    Time to wake up, sleepy heads — your government is NOT just not always looking out for YOUR best interests…the fact, the reality, is it RARELY (if ever) is.

    Education, healthcare, transportation, food, entertainment and “news” (same thing), travel, employment, internet, medicine, reproduction, religion, sports, business…I defy you to look around at your life (heck, start just by looking around the room!) and find ONE thing, one single thing, that isn’t partly or totally controlled (regulated, monitored, and taxed) by government.

    Can you find anything?
    Of course you can’t. And then one day you wake up and realize you’re (already) living in a fascist, Orwellian police state, where EVERYTHING you do is taxed, monitored and controlled.

    As for Vick — IF his motives are pure and authentic (and that’s a big fat hairy “if”), okay, swell — I can admire the general sentiment, but definitely not the ideal method.”

    Okay, so I assume, then, you are in favor of gay marriage, and the legalization of all drugs as well as prostitution? Just making sure this is a consistent view that government should do nothing to infringe upon our choices. But, really, you seem to think government should do NOTHING. Of course the government has its hands in agriculture and travel. You know why? Cause we don’t like tainted meat and we like our roads well-paved. If you are an anarchist and you want to abolish all government, fine, you’re at least being consistent. I somehow doubt that’s the case, though. I think government shouldn’t play such a large role in personal choices, too, but you draw the line at the torturing of animals. Man does not have the right to harm living creatures for sport. If we’re talking about a video game or movie that portrays dog fighting, sure, have at it! Going to a fight and directly contributing economically is a different story.

  36. what a nice guy..f that tell that to the dogs he tortured n killed. no doubt if he wouldnt have got caught hed still be doing dog fighting and being the arrogant mike vick “people all over the world have love for mike vick” give me a break.

  37. Finally… finally…. finally…. finally……..he said what I’ve been waiting 3 years to hear.

    “IM SORRY FOR WHAT I DID TO THE ANIMALS”

    If he really means that, there may be hope for him yet. I still hope he gets broken in half by an angry linebacker but that’s another story!

  38. “cappa662 says: Jul 19, 2011 4:37 PM
    used to love vick, until he starting snitching on anyone.”
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    not taking up for him,but if it kept you ought of pound you in the a$$ federal prison 10 years,you’d snitch on your mama son!

  39. Some of you must have come here thinking it was a Fox News blog.

    Please explain to me how a crackdown on illegal behavior would be the government taking away your rights?

    This is a sports blog. Go peddle your crazy somewhere else.

  40. haters? if you hate despicable people, how does that make you an a-hole? once a pos, always a pos. would you people ever forgive someone who mass-murdered people just because they “paid their debt to society”? what if he wasn’t a sports figure with mad skills? would he just be another pos?

  41. @quadropheniac10 —

    There’s a proper role for government, of course.
    (It’s called the Constitution…and the 10th Amendment. Let states–and the people–decide issues like gay marriage and drug legalization and prostitution. Within the parameters of the Bill of the Rights, communities should otherwise be able to set their own standards).

    But my point is that it’s WAAAY beyond that, at this point. Bans on light bulbs? Arresting Elementary school students for sharing a school lunch, or drawing toy rockets? Youtube: “End of Liberty, movie”

    Also, I wasn’t speaking in terms of this case or this law, just the overall mindset reflected in tthe majority of people, who would seem to frown on the idea that getting government out of their lives.

    @r8ersfan,
    I know, I know. You’ve been trained to make that exact same response any and everytime you encounter a voice of dissent, an opinion different than the prevailing one, or someone who doesn’t sound exactly like someone on t.v.
    I get it.

    “The measure of the state’s success is that the word ‘anarchy’ frightens people, while the word ‘state’ does not.” – Joseph Sobran

    “The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is apt to spread discontent among those who are. – H.L. Mencken

  42. Good for Vick. I think this would be a smart law to make. No audience, no event. And for all the seemingly tea party morons we have on this site. Making laws like this is what government does. Its not because the American people are stupid or because they need to be told what to do. Its because some of tend to do whatever they want no matter who it hurts or what/who it kills.

    If we used your moron logic, then why do we need laws against say bank robbery or murder. I mean the American people don’t need to be told how to live right ???? Damn morons

    “The worst kind of hypocrite is one that calls others a Hypocrite.”

    Matthew 7:1-5 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.”

  43. The gullibility of so many people never fails to make me chuckle. I’ve got some beachfront property in Omaha. Serious inquiries only.

  44. Is it really wrong for a man to realize he did something wrong then speak out against it. Someone said “he’ll get his 21 months in prison wasn’t it”(I’m paraphrasing). 21 months in federal prison is real. Is it not possible that prison humbled m Vick? I mean some of you on here sound real stupid. I’m as skeptical as the next man but if someone screws up and pays the price they can come out and say “hey what I did was wrong, don’t be like me, don’t do what I did.” what would you have him do? Some of you a-holes act like you have never made a mistake that you later had to apologize for. Not saying that you ran an illegal dogfighting ring, but we make mistakes and then we try to make things right. I know everybody on here is a saint.

  45. I don’t believe you micheal but I also don’t blame you for pretending to give a poo.

    I am sure he is sorry he broke the law, got caught, and won’t dog fight again. I am also sure his heart has not changed as far as dogs are concerned and honestly I’m ok with that. as much as i love my dogs i know not everyone feels the same way and i think that there are a lot worse things a person can do then torture some dogs.

  46. andyreidisfat:

    Are you quoting over 2000 year old bedtime stories to make your point immediately after calling Tea Party members morons? That seems nonsensical.

    As far as your quotation about hypocrites (which seems to me that you are calling other people on this board hypocrites, but we could then get into a whole tautological scenario that I don’t have time for), I quote Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”

  47. While I’m at it, if we’re not supposed to judge, then what is the ENTIRE legal system for?

  48. It should be up to the state to police these things unless it’s extending across state lines, and unless the state we’re talking about is Virginia, which apparently had -0- interest in prosecuting Vick for animal cruelty.

  49. If you look at Vick’s history, he had attended dogfights from the time he was a small child with the alleged “adults” in his life. Had there been a law like this back then, those adults may have been arrested and Vick may not have grown up to be a felon that thought this activity was perfectly fine, since he had seen so many dogfights in the past. Perhaps his testimony before Congress will keep some kids whose parents are idiots from growing up to commit a felony. I’m glad he’s doing the right thing now, there will be people that will never think he is sincere, and he knows that, but all he can do at this point is try to help stop dogfighting, and he’s doing that; how people perceive him from here on out isn’t something he can control.

  50. The dude is TRYING to do better but you can’t forget about what he already done… He is doing this so hopefully he gets more endorsement deals.

  51. -Deweyaxewound

    People weren’t “thumbs downing” him because he suggested that government play less of a role in our lives. I actually agree with his sentiment in a lot of cases. The reason I, and I imagine other people, “thumbs downed” him was because he said the government should get out of our lives EVEN IN THE CASE OF CRIMINALIZING INVOLVEMENT IN DOG FIGHTING. Make whatever case you want about states making decisions about social issues (really, I don’t think any government- federal, state, or loca-l should be granted that ability), but the methodical torture and murder of dogs (merely for ammusement) is not a states rights issue; just as parental neglect, spousal abuse, and sexual assault are not states rights issues. If you really agree with the original poster that dog fighting should be legal in states that’ll allow it, then hell, let’s just go back to allowing the residents of certain states to keep and own slaves. I mean, isn’t that the ultimate states rights issue of our nation’s history. Moral of the story, not everything can be left up to the states, because as we’ve seen time and time again, certain states allow some pretty f’ed up stuff.

  52. This is like a former ku klux klan member speaking out against crimes against black people. How do you trust someone that allowed that kind of hate, and that kind of thinking, into their heart.

    I hope he’s changed but I wouldn’t trust him.

  53. @backuppunter

    You really believe that torturing defenseless creatures that are beat up, bloody, crying & screaming in pain isn’t among one of the worst things a human can do? If you are sick enough to get a charge out of taking something so beat up & crying & enjoy listening to it scream as you inflict more pain for fun, you are nothing but a POS. How much have you read on people that ENJOY torturing animals for amusement? Please take a little time to see why mental health professionals & the FBI put such a special tag on anyone that could torture any living creature as it howls in pain for kicks. Second chances & forgiveness be damned, he deserved 10 years minimum, Pointdexter didn’t want to be a part of taking down Vick so he lobbed him a cheese sentence. Vick admitted 2 months ago he would do it again & all he would change is the length of his sentence, does that sound like someone that has changed?

  54. I really hope this bill gets passed. We all will feel what we feel about Vick but in the end the important thing is passing this bill and enforcing it so that it is a step in the right direction in protecting these dogs from all the suffering they endure in dog fighting. It should be a federal crime and a felony and children should not be allowed to see it. It is time for society to get better and not be barbarians anymore. Animal cruelty is not cool, manly or funny. It is very serious twisted behavior. These poor animals go through hell for what? To entertain some sadistic greedy people.

  55. andrewfbrowne says:
    Jul 19, 2011 4:58 PM
    So it is wrong for me to put on a dog fight, but it is legal for you to watch it. Is it legal to witness something illegal and do nothing about it?

    Yes, it is perfectly legal to witness something illegal and do nothing about it.

  56. The bum should off himself as penance for his actions. MAYBE then I’ll believe he was truly sorry. 👿

  57. The people that attend dog fights contribute to the continuation of forced animal fighting. You know there is money involved. The harsher the penalty for attending the better. Stop fueling the illegal business by financing it.

  58. Vick isn’t a hypocrite.. We all make mistakes, given his was a pretty tough one for most people to get past. But he is trying to prevent others from going through the events he has. And saving innocent dogs in the process.

  59. melonnhead says:
    Jul 19, 2011 4:40 PM
    From the article:

    “To see the young kid walking with the c*ck, you know, was astonishing,” Vick said. “It was taking place in a similar setting of what I’ve been around before.

    “This is what our kids are being taught,” he said, “and it’s inhumane and it’s pointless.

    “That child could be doing so much more with his life, instead of walking around with a c*ck in his hand, waiting to fight, even if he’s not involved, being there, his presence speaks volumes as to what goes on when people’s heads are turned.”

    Good that you pointed this out. Everyone on here that is saying this law is pointless and then tears Vick apart bc of his past really have to take a second and think about what your saying. Vick is trying to get a law passed to stop other people from ending up like him. Vick like the kid with the rooster was brought around these fights as a child. He was raised in it. He uncles and adult family friends had no quams bringing him there as child bc there was no punishment for doing so. Maybe if there were laws back then that punished people for watching animal fights and for bring children to animal fights Vick would have never got brought there and never would have gotten involved in dog fighting.

    How can that be considered hypocritical. Getting involved in something after the fact does not make it hypocritical. A lot people dont get involved in cancer awareness until after they or their family is effected by it. Maybe some of the other things he has done since being released can be considered hypocritical or a PR move but I dont see how this can be.

    This law is actually something that could have changed his entire life and saved all those animals he ended up hurting if it was enacted when Vick was a child. He realizes that and wants to save others from going down that path. It would be hypocritical if he just went on giving speeches against dog fighting and actually did nothing to actually try to stop it. But he didnt do that he found a real way to combat dog fighting. By trying to get a law enacted that will hold people accountable for being at dog fights and bringing there children there. So thoses children wont be brought up in it like he was, and the chances of them becoming dog fighters like he did would be greatly reduced. Because thats how you stop it from happening. You get to them and get them away from it before they ever get invovled.

    Vick knows what being around that as a child means and its a good thing that hes trying to do something that stops that from happening. Anyone who doesnt see that is just blinded by hate.

  60. Yes, passing this bill would be a good thing and definitely doing anything you can to teach kids to at the very least respect other living things and realize they have value in this world. The most important thing in this story is further protecting these poor animals. In the end, no matter what anyone feels about Vick (and you just have to understand that it will always be that way because of what he and his friends did, he’s famous, and what special treatment celebrity/sports stars get) you have to realize that whatever Vick or anyone can do to stop kids/adults from putting animals through hell for their own entertainment, greed, and sadistic thrills the better. Education and stronger laws and stiffer penalties is needed to stop this cycle of extreme animal abuse which never should have been acceptable.

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