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Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 07/19/2011

Michael Vick visits Congress to push new dogfighting law (Video)


NFL quarterback Michael Vick joined Federal lawmakers and the Humane Society calling on Congress to pass stricter laws to prohibit organized animal fights. (KAREN BLEIER - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

(Watch Eagles quarterback Michael Vick speak on Capitol Hill in support of an anti-dogfigthing bill here.)

Michael Vick’s ongoing campaign to repair his image both on and off the field made its way to Capitol Hill on Tuesday where the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback trumpeted his new anti-dogfigthing message to Congress.

The legislation, backed by the Humane Society, is designed to beef up laws against animal fighting, which sponsors say are not strict enough — particularly in the 22 states that do not currently impose felony-level penalties on dog fight attendees. H.R. 2492 would prohibit knowing attendance at organized animal fights add further penalties for anyone who brought a minor to such an event.

Vick served 18 months in prison on dogfigthing charges, and now says he wants to teach kids to avoid his mistakes and encouraged parents to ”take responsibility and make sure it doesn’t happen.”

“During my time in prison I told myself that I wanted to be a part of the solution and not the problem.”

Vick also told the assembled press (via CSN Washington), “I’m doing this for myself.”

Earlier this month, Vick took another step toward rehabilitating his image when he was re-signed by Nike. But based on the public vitriol still directed at the Eagles quarterback, he will likely never win back a large segment of the animal-loving American population.

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