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They’re Ba-a-ack! “Dog Wars” App Returns as “KG Dogfighting”

Send Andy Rubin, the SVP of Mobile at Google, Inc. a letter requesting the removal of this application.

Last week, I wrote a blog about a video game for the Android phone market that takes players through the selection, care, training and fighting of virtual dogs. “Raise your dog to beat the best” is the lead promo line for this app from Kage Games, LLC.

Best Friends, along with every national animal organization, called for the game’s removal from the Google-owned Android Market, and thousands of concerned animal lovers logged on to the Android Market site to request the removal of this app from their virtual shelves.

The “Dog Wars” app was taken down, but not in response to objections from the public. It was apparently removed due to a copyright infringement and is now back under a new name, “KG Dogfighting.”

One has to wonder at the extent of the disconnect between the creators of this game and the reality of the animal suffering they are glorifying. Are they clueless, cloistered naïfs, or do they know exactly what they are promoting? In the final analysis, it doesn’t really matter. The fact is that Kage Games, LLC has produced a video game that is essentially a “how to” guide for animal cruelty.

A glimpse into their mindset is revealing.

The Kage Games info page for the app states that “you must be 13 years of age to play,” and then follows that with a string of self-justifications capped by this inane, threadbare comment:

We DO NOT CONDONE violence towards animals or humans, and we are confident in humankind’s ability to distinguish between a rudimentary game and the consequences of real life.

So, while the folks at Kage Games, LLC have confidence in a 13-year-old’s grasp of the consequences of real life, most people who are not out to make a buck off of children or to cater to gangsta wannabes have greater concerns regarding the malleability of adolescent minds.

In a letter sent to Google chief executive officer  Larry Page, Los Angeles Police Protective League president Paul M. Weber stated his professional opinion very clearly. Here’s an excerpt:

Quite frankly, the game is heinous and irresponsible. ‘Dog Wars’ simulates the illegal act of dog fighting, which is a felony offense in all 50 states. The game teaches users how to breed, train, fight, medicate and kill virtual dogs. The entire concept is repulsive and sickening, and it is absolutely the wrong message to send to our children. Particularly disturbing to police officers across the nation is the fact that the game’s website notes the player has a ‘gun for police raids and can inject the dog with steroids.’ At a time when there is increasing violence against police officers across our nation, this is completely inappropriate and offensive.

We urge you to ban this game from all your products and website. You are responsible for the content on the marketplace; do the right thing and remove this game permanently.

Weber could have expanded on his organization’s objection to “KG Dogfighting” at the law-enforcement level by citing the correlation between dog fighting and gang activity in every city in the country. He could have also pointed to the fact that animal cruelty is a precursor to violent, anti-social behavior, including spousal and child abuse.

Animal lovers everywhere should understand that dog fighting at every level, from high-stakes interstate rings to back-alley street-level fights, is a cause of daily suffering and death for dogs. It also drives the over-breeding of pit-bull-terrier-type dogs by backyard breeders that results in a disproportionately high number of pit-bull terriers entering and dying in America’s shelters.

Google/Android is apparently unconvinced or unconcerned despite the fact that Android Marketplace rules and regulations state, “Android Market should not be used for unlawful purposes or for promotion of dangerous and illegal activities.” They would likely lean on claims of freedom of speech, cite inconclusive studies about the effects of video games on behavior, and continue to excuse a violation of their own stated policy until enough people walk away from their products and services.

Please make your voice heard.

Go to the “Report Inappropriate Apps” page and ask Android Market to take down “KG Dogfighting” developed by Kage Games, LLC.

Then sign Change.org’s “Tell Android to Block Dog Fighting App” petition to have the app removed.

Please pass this along to your friends and ask them to do the same.

Francis Battista
Co-Founder, Best Friends Animal Society

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  • Mudgei

    I know, let’s have a game where toddlers are shooting heroin, having sex, and shooting guns – oh WAIT, is THAT too much. Good grief, how sick can people be to want to buy such a twisted game.

    • Mr Planeman

      With the way child protection laws are witten that would be illegal…

      By the way, this game was free until all this noise was made about it. Now it’s a paid app getting tons of free publicity

  • Marnie

    No more Google for me either!!! I stopped after the Dog Wars app came out and will never go back even if they drop this one too! These people are stupid, evil, heartless, unconscionable idiots!

    • Mr Planeman

      Don’t blame the provider of the platform, blame the people that misuse it

      • L.B.

        I believe you already stated this above.

  • Tabasco

    The makers of this foul ‘game’ should see for themselves the results of setting dogs on each other for human entertainment. Shame on them and shame on parents who buy this game for their children.

  • Jennifer Honess

    What is the matter with people – this is horrendous – how can anyone even think of doing this stupid game.

  • Abduscias

    Good job guys! I checked on my Android and its gone!! Yay!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve done the above-mentioned actions and doing anything I can to speak up for these animals. It has to be done on a daily basis. They need all the help they can get.

  • Tom

    I guess that means no more Google searches for me. I’m a Bing man now.

    • Mr Planeman

      Don’t blame the provider of the platform, blame the people that misuse it

      • L.B.

        The “provider of the platform” should definitely share part of the blame, for enabling the developers to carry out their inhumane agenda in the first place.

  • Brbr

    Done and done. Thanks so much Francis for staying on top of this!

  • J.M.

    As much as dog fighting disgusts me and I firmly believe that the penalties for anyone involved should be much, MUCH stiffer than they are; this game -however distasteful- is not illegal/unlawful, nor does it constitute “support for dog fighting” by Google.

    There are plenty of video games out there that dip into forbidden realms (for example Grand Theft Auto and it’s sequels and expansions; where the player must pick illegal syndicates to run errands for, steal vehicles for transportation, sell drugs, evade and kill law officers, beat, kill, and mug pedestrians, solicit prostitutes, and engage in high speed chases and double-cross). None of these are any activities that MOST of us would ever consider engaging in real life because they are unethical, immoral, and dangerous. But that doesn’t make the game not fun and exciting.

    I have no interest in purchasing this particular game, nor would I have any interest in watching anyone play it; but pushing for it’s removal (to me) is akin to banning books.

    I would rather people who are interested in this kind of activity have an outlet (like this game) to achieve their “fun” virtually, than for them to be involved with the real deal.

    Something that many people forget; federal agencies flag and track sales of certain products and cross reference them with other evidence or reports they have received. This game could potentially serve as a tool to sift out those who are engaging in more than just a little “virtual fun.”

    When you ban materials like this, it just drives everything further underground. It doesn’t end it.

    • concernedAnimalAdvocate

      virtual fun leads to reality fun ! its documented.

    • concernedAnimalAdvocate

      virtual fun leads to reality and acting out. yes, its documented ! How can you compare this to banning books. Virtual game are interactive, addictive, and cause changes in the brain.

      • Mr Planeman

        And the parents have a responsibility to teach their children not to mimic video games…

        • L.B.

          Yes, in a just and fair world.

    • what are you thinking?

      Cons (Disadvantages):
      Some people can become completely addicted to video games and they do not go to work (or school), do not eat properly and do not exercise enough. Playing video games (even on the Wii) does not constitute a proper physical workout. Some people can become desensitized to violence when they a lot of violent video games. There have been reports of criminals copying violent video game crimes (such as those featured in the controversial Grand Theft Auto series). Some people may think that taking drugs, getting drunk and smoking are not harmful when they are presented in video games without the characters feeling any effects from their behavior. Can give people false expectations of real life, as real life cannot be perfectly simulated by video games.

    • Terryesimon

      Bologna. Keeping things like this on the forefront makes kids and other gullible people think it is okay. I don’t agree with any of the violent and realistic graphic games. Although I understand the dislike behind banning books and such, I believe we as a society should never support the suffering and killing of any animal or person and it is important that we be able to express our dislike and influence the availability of these items.

  • There are also “Bucks” for purchase, as well as drugs to reanimate your dead virtual dogs, which are even more expensive than the original app.

  • Lovefelines2003

    Thank you, Francis. I’ve signed the petition and filed a complaint. This just makes me want to hang my head and weep.

  • Randomoon

    OMG, ARE THEY SERIOUS. Like a 13 year old always knows the difference. Guess they don’t read the newspapers about the older ones luring and killing peers.
    Great article Francis.

    • Mr Planeman

      I knew the difference at 13 because I didn’t have parents that expected society to raise me

      • L.B.

        Congratulations!

        (…that’s what you wanted to hear, right?)

  • Heather

    Yes, this is a sickening game, but I’m not surprised about its release. Violence (against animals and humans) sells. Games like Grand Theft Auto glorify murder, carjacking, drug-dealing and rape, all of which are also obviously illegal.

    Whether or not Google/Android removes the game, the best thing people can do is educate others (especially kids) about why dogfighting is cruel, and urge people to boycott the game. Eventually, if it doesn’t sell, it will go away.

    • Mr Planeman

      I don’t remember anything in any of the GTA games depicting rape… Those other things are content, though

  • Now a days, many groups are there to save animals. Really this is a very good idea to save animals.