15 August 2011

Horrific dog fighting Android app lives on under different name

Just months after thousands of animal lovers campaigned against the Dog Wars Android app for smart phones, a new game has been released to take its place.

In April, Google was forced to remove (reportedly for copyright infringement) Dog Wars from sale as the public joined with animal rights activists and Michael Vick in his role of reformed dog fighter, to denounce the game as glorifying animal cruelty, murder, guns and drugs. The new game called KG Dogfighting allows players to raise and train a virtual dog to fight, winning virtual cash and street cred for the dogs’ victories. The players also buy and sell various drugs, and guns to use against the games law enforcement agency.

"The last thing our culture needs is yet another form of profiting from the use and torment of animals,” Lee Hall, vice president of the animal rights group Friends of Animals, told FoxNews.com.

Hall has spoken out against the app, along with others who are disgusted with any platform that promotes training animals for abuse or violence.

"It's a virtual training camp for dog fighters,"  said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.

"Dog Wars actually instructs players on how to condition a dog using methods that are true to organized dog fighting," Pacelle added, 'encouraging cruelty to dogs and leading young people down a dead-end path."

Many of the methods used for the game mirror real life dog fighting techniques, such as steroid use, restricting food and water and practicing attacks on smaller ‘bait dogs.’

The games developers say they believe in people’s ability ‘to distinguish between rudimentary game and the consequences of real life.’ To date, nearly a quarter of a million people have downloaded the app.

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. She has a gorgeous daughter in second grade who has been a vegetarian her whole life (lucky girl). Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

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