I agree that he is only doing the speeches for his own gain but the thing that I keep coming back to is that he is a powerful role model for black kids growing up in poor areas knowing nothing but crime & saddness from the very start of thier lives. They are more likely to listen & remember a talk about animal cruelty deleivered by Michael Vick than a law inforcement type of speaker. And everything we're(worldwide) doing to educate about animal cruelty is just not reaching this types of communities & cultures.
I like most of the op's on this thread agree that he is most likely not rehabilated enough if at all to have a pet yet if ever. I do beleive in genuine second chances but they have to been earned over time as I have witnessed amazing changes in additude, beliefs & lifestyles. But I do have to admitt it's the exseption to the rule a leapord never changes it's spots as poeple do seem to have alot more trouble being rehabilated compared to dogs. But some people do make amazing turn arounds & completly change their whole lives & are genuinely sorry & regretful for thier past.
I think I agree most with the op's who says let him keep giving his talks & lectures but hold of & take a wait & see approach as far as letting him have another puppy (or any animal for that matter).
I personally would need to see him doing a whole lot more genuine personal therpy insteed of all the grandstanding he seems to be doing now, whether it be for his NLF manager or not. For me to think he was making a real effort at rehabilation it would take abit of a different approch altogether really.
Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........