Has Michael Vick’s return to the NFL as the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback made dogfighting “cool” in the City of Brotherly Love?

Evidence points to “yes.” Animal fighting investigations tripled in 2009, the year Vick signed with the Eagles, compared with 2008. Most of these cases were in Philadelphia, and most were dogfighting-related.

To whatever extent Michael Vick’s post-prison image rehab is responsible, none of it would have been possible without the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) and its CEO Wayne Pacelle, its CEO. HSUS sent Vick on a speaking tour to criticize dogfighting after receiving a $50,000 grant from the Eagles.

Pacelle’s advocacy for Vick even led him to claim in December that the felon "would do a good job as a pet owner.”

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