With a ceremony scheduled for Monday afternoon, it may be too little too late, but there certainly are plenty of Atlanta Falcons fans who don’t want to see Michael Vick retire as a member of their club.

Related: Falcons to honor Roddy White, Michael Vick at retirement ceremony

A Care 2 petition titled “Don’t let Michael Vick retire a Falcon” had amassed over 38,700 supporters Sunday afternoon with a goal of reaching 40,000.

April 25, 2017 marked the 10th anniversary of one of the most infamous and gruesome dog fighting ring busts. That was funded and ran by NFL star Michael Vick. Vick denied any involvement and maintained that he had no idea what was happening on his own property until his co-defendants started to roll over on him. He was sent to prison for 23 months, ending his career as a Falcon.

Vick killed many of these dogs – he tortured them, he even took his own children’s dogs and threw them in as bait dogs. Vick and his co-defendants hung dogs by a rope and hung them from trees til they died, he electrocuted them, he beat them with his bare hands til they died. Now Vick wants to sign a one day deal with the Atlanta Falcons so he can retire as a Falcon.

This is unacceptable and needs to be stopped. So many animals suffered because of his actions. We ask the NFL and the Falcons to reject efforts to rehabilitate Vick’s legacy and career. Those dogs had no voice when he and his ring were destroying animals. We need the people to be their voice now – please help stop this. Thank you.

The petition page claims the organizer tried calling the Falcons and was hung up on. The Atlanta mayor’s office was also contacted.

Since being released from prison, Vick has made several large donations to animal rights charities and became an activist for the cause, backing a bill in 2011 that targeted punishment for dog fight spectators.

– with h/t to 247Sports

Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.