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Eagle's Animal Welfare Blitz Package

[Philadelphia Inquirer]

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.

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