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FLOWERY BRANCH – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter to the Falcons thanking them for the team’s swift decision to dismiss linebacker Prince Shembo.

Shembo was released last Friday after being charged with aggravated cruelty to animals for allegedly kicking and killing his ex-girlfriend’s dog, whose injuries included bone fractures, head trauma, and internal hemorrhaging.

In the letter, PETA asked Blank to head off future abuse by mandating teamwide empathy training for all players.

PETA’s moto, in part, states that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way.”

Dion, a Yorkie, died from blunt force trauma,
Dion, a Yorkie, died from blunt force trauma,
PETA pointed out that if Michael Vick had taken its empathy course before his arrest for dogfighting crimes, instead of afterward, a great deal of suffering—and shame to professional football—might have been prevented.

“Professional athletes are set up to be role models, so it’s critical for NFL teams to give its players the clear message that bullying and abusing anyone is unacceptable,” says PETA senior vice president Daphna Nachminovitch. “We are pleased that strong action has been taken in the Shembo case, and now, PETA is renewing its call to provide all players with empathy training in the hope of preventing further violent attacks like this one.”

Atlanta Journal Constitution