A month after the controversial signing of
convicted dogfighter Michael Vick, the Eagles yesterday circulated a draft plan
to animal-rights groups that calls for an immediate, widespread campaign to
combat animal abuse in Philadelphia.
According to the proposal, obtained
by The Inquirer, the team plans a range of new animal-welfare activities,
including deployment of Eagles players and cheerleaders to schools and community
events and a mobile animal-care van to at-risk areas. The van could be called
the Pet Mobile. The team also plans to print trading cards that feature Eagles
players and their pets.
Grants and public-service announcements would
promote the adoption of homeless animals, encourage citizens to report
animal abuse, and assist fund-raising to expand spaying and neutering services.
The Eagles were widely criticized by animal-welfare advocates - several of
them angry Eagles fans who turned in season tickets and tossed their team
jerseys - following news of the Vick signing.