Posted April 7, 2014 by Luis Mercado in Sports

Animal Activists Actively Trying To Force School To Deny Michael Vick To Jets Training Camp

The New York Jets may have their hands full with the signing of Michael Vick.

At least 1,600 people have signed a petition to deny Vick’s access to SUNY Cortland where the team will be holding their training camp for the upcoming season.

The petition reads as follows by Change.org and is addressed to Erik J. Bitterbaum.

Michael Vick has recently become a member of the New York Jets football team, which practices on the SUNY Cortland campus. Vick has served a short sentence for bankrolling a dogfighting conspiracy, but animal cruelty charges were dropped in return for his guilty plea. This does not mean, however, that his crimes should be forgotten- He tortured more than fifty dogs, attaching them to car batteries via jumper cables and throwing them into water to watch them drown, beating and hanging them, slamming their heads and spines into the ground until they died, setting them against each other in brutal fights, rendering them defenseless and using them as bait for training, and more. He is a monster and a disgrace, and has never once apologized. He has even admitted that he would continue to fight dogs if given the chance.

I love SUNY Cortland, and cannot abide welcoming this sociopath onto our campus with open arms. We need to stand by what is right as a university by barring him from the grounds. I don’t want him anywhere near my beloved college or community. We MUST send the message that we won’t be party to the torture of animals by conveniently forgetting what he has done. If we welcome Vick onto our campus, we are complicit in his crimes. We are sending the message that, for money and publicity, we will turn a blind eye to the horrors of dogfighting. I don’t want to be that person, and I don’t want SUNY Cortland to abandon its principles so easily.

Please ban Michael Vick from the SUNY Cortland campus; send a message that we know what is right and will stand by it. I hope that you will consider this message seriously. Thank you for your time.

Vick was in prison for 19 months for federal dogfighting conspiracy charges in 2007. After serving his time Vick was reinstated in 2009 where he then signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

He has also done multiple community service events against animal cruelty.

So the question is when is it long enough for Vick to have been forgiven for his wrongdoing.