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chewed up Michael Vick cards sell for $7,400 online

September 2, 2007

remember this blog, where i had talked about turning a major hollywood film into activism by educating the public about the plight of beagles?

i found this article and first thought this woman was nuts for paying $7,400 for some chewed up michael vick cards. but i read on and discovered that the money would be going to two local animal shelters. and i though, “perfect!” it’s folks like this who inspire me.

some folks in the animal rights movement are calling vick “animal rights activist of the year” because he has raised so much awareness about dog fighting and the cruelty involved. rock on, michael vick. rock on.

article source. 

(excerpts below.)

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — The woman who paid $7,400 on eBay for 22 Michael Vick football cards, chewed up and slobbered on by two Missouri dogs, acknowledges she hadn’t heard of the star football player before he was indicted for dogfighting.

But Laura Norton-Dye, 40, of Cape Girardeau, wanted to send the message that local animal shelters need help — and she challenged Vick to donate money himself.

Norton-Dye, who outbid 30 others, lives in the town where the auction originated and has requested the money be donated to the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri and to Safe Harbor, a local animal sanctuary.

Norton-Dye, who has incurable gastrointestinal carcinoid cancer, said she has a big heart for animals.

“I really think this was the right thing to do,” said Norton, a former teacher. “This is one way I thought I could make a difference.”

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Steffen, 31, said she has been overwhelmed with positive responses, including from people who say her auction inspired them to donate money to animal shelters.

The Humane Society of the United States has seen a large spike in donations since Vick was indicted on federal dogfighting charges last month, said Ann Chynoweth, director of the society’s Animal Cruelty and Fighting Campaign.

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