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Dogfighting and Kids Meals? Vick's Lovin' It!

10/9/2008 2:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Forget the Hamburglar! McDonald's is promoting its products using an actual convicted felon -- Michael Vick.
McDonalds
A TMZ employee went into a McD's in Hollywood yesterday and ordered a Happy Meal (don't ask). The box she received (pictured above) advertises six different electronic sports games, each of them named after a famous athlete. But Michael Vick is the only one of those athletes who is currently in federal prison.

The advertising was part of a cross-promotion with ESPN from 2004 -- back when Vick was just an overrated football player, instead of a dog murderer. Considering the Happy Meal is specifically targeted to young kids, you'd think Mickey D's would be more diligent about removing the name of a convicted dogfighter off the packaging.

We've contacted McDonald's for comment and they say they're getting back to us. This should be good.

UPDATE: We asked PETA what they thought about the whole thing. PETA's vice president, Bruce Friedrich, told us, "Given that McDonald's lets its suppliers cram animals into metal cages and crates and boil chickens alive, it's sad, but doesn't shock us, and at this point, even Michael Vick himself would probably rather that this particular Happy Meal would be a happy memory."

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Bleep Blop    

The hamburger in the Happy Meal was actually made from one of Vick's dogs.

2024 days ago
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Cristina    

That's just sick. Michael Vick needs to die for what he did to those poor animals.

2024 days ago
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Adrienne    

just glad the happy meal doesn't have a hot dog version, this is really bad....

2024 days ago
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Get Over Yourselves    

HAHAHA! OOPS!

2024 days ago
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Get Over Yourselves    

Buy them up people as I'm sure they'll be considered collectors items some day. LoL to #1

2024 days ago
6.

Gigi    

Kick rocks, TMZ! Stop kicking people when they're already down and take up deeper issues....like how PEOPLE are being treated in this world. I personally hope that when he gets out, he can go right back to what you call his "overrated" career; since, of course, TMZ would be the experts in overratedness. So, on behalf of Michael Vick....kiss his happy meal a**. BTW, all you dog-loving, happy meal eating carnivores may need to really investigate what's between those happy, Mcbuns.....you're probably eating some of Vick's little victims!!!!!!!! Which I'm having great pleasure just thinking of that possiblility.

2024 days ago
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Caitlin    

So long as Michael Vick's picture is on the box and he stands to gain anything from this promotion, I will not be going to McDonalds. They should have been more responsible, especially with a childs toy. Shame on them

2024 days ago
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wtf    

What female doesn't buy happy meals? So no need for the don't ask.

2024 days ago
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Your mom    

WTF!

2024 days ago
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Claire    

Thanks for pointing this out, TMZ. Can't wait to hear what Micky D's has to say for themselves. Meanwhile, I will just have to fight off my Big Mac attacks (I know it's gross but I LOVE them).

2024 days ago
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MsDoloD81    

Damn when are they gonna have them lil handhelds in MA?????
Your employee is totally on a budget!!!!

2024 days ago
12.

Penelope    

Chill out--Michael Vick participates in dogfights and is sent to prison, while Vice Presidential "hopefuls" can flaunt themselves in support of hunting wild animals? That's fair. And I'm sure nobody boycotted America's Homemaker Martha Stewart and her innumerable products that were marketed while she did fed time.

2024 days ago
13.

TheLiveSoundGuy    

This is why the charge $.25 cents for a cup of water...WATER! Too bad their stock hasn't gone the way of Ford and GM

2024 days ago
14.

tanya    

LETS PUT SARAH PALIN ON THE BAG. THERE BURGERS TASTE LIKE MOOSE MEAT.

2024 days ago
15.

mamajj    

#11 If u think dog fighting isn't wrong u need 2 pull your head
out of your a** Pit Bulls r the sweetest, most loyal dogs around
and SICK ASS people like Vick give the breed a bad name.
Pits r not born ready 2 fight they r breed 2 to do it.
Pits r not born mean they r breed 2 be mean.
What that man did 2 those dogs is sick & he
deserves 2 be in jail. You should learn something
about the breed before commenting. No dog
should be put trough that.

2024 days ago
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