26 April 2011

New dogfighting Android app opposed by HSUS, and even Michael Vick

A new dogfighting application for Android smartphones has caused quite a stir in animal advocacy circles.

The game, called Dog Wars, was developed by Kage Games and allows players to participate in the virtual training and fighting of cyber pit bulls.

The game encourages players to “raise your dog to be the best” and lets participants cyber-train their virtual pit bulls by having the dogs pull ropes and drag tires. Players can also buy shock collars and steroids for their dogs, and use a gun during police raids. Players then fight the virtual dogs for virtual money and to “build street cred.”

Many animal welfare advocates are opposing this game including Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States who is calling for Google to pull the game. Pacelle said in a statement:

"Because Dog Wars actually instructs players on how to condition a dog using methods that are true to organized dogfighting, this game may be a training ground for young people to try the activity in the real world, encouraging cruelty to dogs and leading young people down a dead-end path.”

Even NFL star Michael Vick has spoken out against the game telling the Wall Street Journal “This app just sends the wrong message.”

Readers of This Dish is Veg are well aware of the horrific abuse and cruelty involved in dogfighting. Let Google and Android know how you feel.

Contact the Android market team here to report this application as being inappropriate.

Go to http://bslnews.org and the Anti-Dog Wars Facebook page to keep updated on the latest news and any other action that needs to be taken to get this sick game off the market.

Robin Lawless | @robmlaw | email
Robin lives in New York City and writes about all things animal, vegetable, and sometimes mineral at her blog wildnewyorkblog.com. Visit her there to read about animal friendly lifestyles in the Big Apple and beyond. Feel free to add Robin as a friend on Facebook.

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