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“Dog Wars”: Virtual dog fighting makes the list in Android’s app line-up

Looking for a great way to channel all that pent-up frustration and outrage over the hall pass being given to Michael Vick? Look no farther. The Big Brother of the Internet has declared war on dog lovers with one of its latest offerings.

The folks at Google/Android have a new killer app, as in this app will kill dogs, kill efforts to undo pit-bull terrier stereotypes and, oh yeah, kill any enthusiasm I was building to switch from my iPhone to an Android product when my current phone gives up the ghost.

“Dog Wars” is a video game about dog fighting. Here’s a blurb from the download site:

          “Raise your Dog to Beat the Best!

          A GAME THAT WILL NEVER BE IN THE iPHONE APP STORE!!!

          Feed, water, train and FIGHT your virtual dog against other player’s… action games, chatroom, many characters and dogs to choose from, virtual store, etc.”

The developer, Kage Games, LLC, defend this garbage with the standard, “It’s only a game,” and, “Go complain about ‘Grand Theft Auto,’ ” a hyper-violent video game featuring street crime and urban slaughter.

The “Dog Wars” promo page features a pit-bull-terrier-type dog with blood on his muzzle. I’m not a gamer, but the intention to cater to gangsta wannabes and other knuckleheads speaks for itself.

While most fantasy role-playing games are based on cartoon worlds and an unrealistic premise, like “Grand Theft Auto,” the world of dog fighting is neither outlandish nor unrealistic. Dog fighting is real. Dogs die and suffer every day, and the culture of dog fighting drives shelter populations of backyard-bred pits in cities across the country, leading to the killing of hundreds of thousands of pit bull terriers and their mixes every year.

Of course, the weenie geeks seeking to get rich by developing this stuff would likely wet themselves if actually thrust into the poverty and violence of the environments they depict, but what can you expect from young males who spend most of their time in a garage, basement or cubicle with Cheetos stains on their shirts.

However, this is no joke, and the fact that Google/Android sees fit to promote animal cruelty and criminal activity in this way either owes to the fact that they are utterly clueless or is a measure of their greed, bad taste and arrogance  – which of course are their right.

It is also our right to let them know how we feel.

Please fill out Google’s Android Market “Report Inappropriate Apps” form,
and ask them to drop “Dog Wars” in their product line. You can also write an email to Google’s press relations folks at press@google.com.

This is important, folks, and unless we speak out, dog fighting in our society becomes more ingrained as a social norm. Click here for “Dog Wars”: Part II.

Francis Battista
Co-Founder, Best Friends Animal Society

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  • Susan Trout

    Just as “child porn” is illegal and the most disgusting form of exploitation, this game is right up there with it in terms of abhorrent content and corruption of freedom of speech. Freedom is NOT free! With it comes moral and ethical responsibility. Animals are innocent like children. They have no voice. To profit from something as morally and ethically bankrupt as this game speaks volumes about the consciousness of humanity. If Google doesn’t end its association with this disgusting enterprise, I am canceling my e-mail account.

    To say they are helping to raise awareness about animal cruelty is stunning to say the least.

    We have the power to shape our society. It’s time we stood up for what is decent and right!

  • Hey88jude

    One of our granddogs is a purebred pit bull and one is a pitbull mix – one was adopted and one was rescued. They are sweet wonderful dogs being raised with love and good training by their forever families. It breaks my heart to think of people even pretending via a game to enjoy this violent offense and my fear is that it’s another way people become inured to violence. I reported the Dog Wars app as having hateful and abusive content. I hope it gets pulled. Thank you for pointing it out to me.

  • Caterina826

    This app is outrageous and disgusting. It is bad enough that Michael Vick got away with murder, literally, we definitely do not need to condone this behavior, let alone encourage it with these types of “games”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Murdoch-Briggs/100001094142764 Susan Murdoch Briggs

    Take it out immediately….Young people must learn to love and help animals not laugh as they are being hurt. Please take off off the shelves!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Murdoch-Briggs/100001094142764 Susan Murdoch Briggs

    Take it out immediately….Young people must learn to love and help animals not laugh as they are being hurt. Please take off off the shelves!!!

  • Sherry Moon

    I think that any game that promotes the forced abuse of a defenseless animal should NOT be available to the general public. Why should we (as consumers and animal lovers) allow this game to come to an android phone near you when the act is illegal? Why should anyone promote dog fighting in any way, shape or form? People putting themselves in positions choose to do so. Dogs do not. These animals (Pit Bull Terriers) only want to please the people they view as their leaders. If you want them to fight, they will. If you want them to keep you company, love you, make you laugh on a moment by moment basis, they will. These, along with many other animals, are pliable. Meaning, they will bend to our needs/wants, will. Why would we make them abuse themselves? Why? Why give kudos to Michael V. for doing something that is ILLEGAL??????????????? Why give kudos or a nod to anything to do with dog fighting? we should NOT!!!!!!!!!!!
    BAN THIS GAME. BOYCOTT THIS GAME. Need we say more?

  • justAgirl

    While I completely understand what you are trying to say to Apbts (and rightfully so), and I am so sorry for your friend, I have to state this. She was attacked by a dog….period. The breed in and of itself is immaterial. It is statements like this that perpetuate the unnecessary fear of certain breeds. All dogs can attack, all dogs can cause serious damage, it’s not the breed of the dog that causes these tragic occurrences. I have to ask, would you have stated the breed if it were a Labrador or poodle? My question is not meant as a dig, just to maybe help provoke thought. Again, I am so sorry for what your friend has gone through and is going through. I truly hope all the best for her and for you.

  • K9solutions

    Grow up man and fight the good fight with something concrete not just running your mouth!!

  • Kimberley

    Kage Games tells us to “go complain about “Grand Theft Auto.” While they’re busy attempting to shift attention to avoid their own culpability, maybe they should consider the fact that the same low lives who enjoy that “game” are the same target market for this piece of garbage. If what we viewed on a screen didn’t influence us to some degree, then why do ad agencies employ psychologists when they develop advertisements? Why do companies like Coca-Cola spend millions on Superbowl ads?

    Companies like Kage Games know exactly what they are doing. They just don’t care because catering to the darkest, basest tendencies of humanity is an easy buck these days. And its absolutely unconscionable.

  • Mr Planeman

    I have several prob lems with this article and comments….

    1) Seems to me that the author of this article is uninformed of the difference between Apple and Google market policies. Apple is controlled by them, Google by its users

    2) The author also seems to have a horrible personal slant towards Apple and is using this game more as a smokescreen to make more Apple users

    3) Many commenters here seem to think that if we allow this app “why not allow a child rape snuff app?” An app like that could be posted, but I doubt that the millions of users would let it stay on market

    4) Mr./M(r)(is)s. Guest claiming to be a psych researcher, please link us to this research you keep talking about. No link, no belief that your more qualified than the rest of us

    This game did get taken down, by a complaint of a Facebook App maker, who made the exact same app with one minor difference, the dog trains itself to dogfight…

    Thanks to the way Android OS phones work, though, the apk file can be posted anywhere else on the internet for download and installation

  • Mr Planeman

    Also, I have no problem with violent video games, I’ve been playing games like Doom since I was six… I haven’t grown to be a mass murdered because my parents educated me not to mimic video games.

    That’s the issue, plain and simple, educate people on how to seperate fantasy from reality and we can all play our games and all sleep easy at night

  • Peggy

    Please take this DOWN…. I am a teacher and our children get more and more violent every year……..plzzzzzzzzzzz, show some morals over profit……FOR ONCE…….BE THE FIRST!!

  • Mr Planeman

    It already is gone, read my other post for the info as to why

  • Audrey

    SICK, SICK, SICK! This “APP” is inAPPropriate on SO many levels! Do we want to see a generation of violent killers emerge? PLEASE, for the love of decency and respect for ANY living creature, TAKE THIS OFF THE MARKET!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/john.d.rogers John Rogers

    If you want to see a generation of violent killers, keep censoring legal means of simulating illegal activities. Games like this aren’t a problem if you EDUCATE people on the difference between FANTASY and REALITY. I’ve been playing this poorly coded game for a few weeks now and I don’t have the urge to go start dogfights because, as a child, my parents EDUCATED me about non mimicking video games

  • Scott

    Horrible! Get rid of that horrible app!

  • Sandy

    Google didn’t get rid of Dog Wars instead the guy changed the name to KG Dogfighting please everyone flag this game

  • Kt

    Anyone who tries to claim “censorship” on this issue, has no soul.

  • June

    Yes, it’s called “STEREOTYPING”, which is exactly what Francis was complaining about. I call that “HYPOCRISY”.

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