Animal rights activists say it’s a great day for people who care about animals — after news that Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has accepted a plea agreement for his alleged involvement in a dogfighting ring. Dan Shannon with PETA said all the organization ever wanted was for those involved in operating and running the illegal pit bull fighting to be held responsible. He stated that if Vick spends any time in jail, it will send a strong statement against dogfighting.
Vick faced charges of conspiracy to commit an unlawful act and sponsoring an animal in an illegal fighting venture. His attorneys were believed to have been working on an agreement that would allow him to continue playing in the NFL. PETA says they don’t believe anyone would want to watch someone on the field involved in any acts of cruelty to animals.
The Falcons themselves say they are troubled by the news that Vick will plead guilty to federal charges. In a statement, the team said it would abide by the NFL’s wishes and not take action until commissioner Roger Goodell completes his investigation. Vick is the last of four defendants to accept a deal in the case. According to the team, terms of his plea will not be available until next Monday. On that day, Vick is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Virginia.