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New Game for Android Phone Simulates Dog Fighting. UPDATE!
Dog Wars turns suffering into a mobile phone diversion

[4/26/11 Editor's note: It looks like Google heard the people! Dogfighting Game from Android Markets Following Complaints. Hooray.]

 

Seriously, who thought this was a good idea—free game for Android phones in which players feed, train and fight virtual dogs? “Dog Wars” participants can even inject their animals with steroids, bet virtual money and use a gun to fight the cops during a bust.

 
“Anything that in any way appears to promote or condone the serious, violent crime of dog fighting is cause for concern,” says Dr. Randall Lockwood, senior vice president of ASPCA Forensic Sciences and Anti-Cruelty Projects. “This ‘game’ comes at a time when public outrage and law enforcement concern about dog fighting is at an all-time high, and the public should make this outrage known to those who promote it.” The ASPCA is among several groups calling for Google to reject the Android app.
 
Meanwhile Kage Games, the company behind this brainstorm, argues it’s just a game, get over it.  Well, that’s true. But those of us who know about the consequences of fighting for defenseless dogs, we don’t want to get over it. It can be hard enough to persuade people that animals suffer, we don’t need to turn that suffering into a light-hearted diversion that further undermines the reality.
 
The truth of dog fighting is a life spent on a heavy chains, with inadequate care, food and water, isolation, and injury and even violent death during the fights themselves. Learn more at the ASPCA’s Blood Sports section.
 
To call for Google to block this game from the Android market—you can sign a petition at Change.org or contact press@google.com or Android Market.
 
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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom.

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