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Michael Vick, Humane Society & L.A.P.D. Slam “Dog Wars” Android App

What do Michael Vick, the Humane Society of the United States and the Los Angeles Police Department have in common? They’re all barking mad over a new Android game app called “Dog Wars” in which players train virtual pit bulls to battle other players’ dogs and build “street cred.”

The app invites users to “raise your dog to beat the best”; defeating other players’ dogs in bloody to-the-death battles “puts money in your pocket and lets you earn more in fights.”

According to oObly, the ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society and the Humane Society of the United States are among the animal advocacy groups that have condemned the game. So has convicted dogfighter and NFL superstar Michael Vick, who declared “now I am on the right side of this issue.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that Los Angeles police union boss Paul M. Weber has also slammed the app. “It’s sickening, absolutely sickening,” he spat. “They should take it down immediately. These animals are defenseless. It’s absolutely the wrong message to send to our children.”

Tech blog oObly says Kage Games, makers of the app, are “fiercely defending” it. The following is posted in the “about the game concept” section of the Android Marketplace:

1. It is just A VIDEO GAME
2. Perhaps one day we will make gerbil wars or beta fish wars for people who can’t understand fantasy role play games
3. Just because something is illegal in real life in certain countries, does not mean it is illegal to make a song, movie, or video game about it (looking at you XDA Developer Forums… deleting our beta testing thread and banning our account?!)
4. Just go slingshot some virtual birds to kill some virtual pigs.
5. Go complain to someone who cares about Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Weed Farmer, Smoke a Bowl (these two are listed in the top 15 of casual games on Android Market) and maybe even Sierra’s Leisure Suit Larry from 1987.
6. This is listed as a HIGH MATURITY app, and does NOT violate the Terms of Use with the Google market in any way!!!

Moral Low Ground joins oObly in calling on Google to immediately kill this atrocious app.


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  1. Donna BeckerApril 29, 2011 at 8:04 amReply

    I fully support action to remove this app and will not knowingly enrich companies or individuals who publish it. Such apps serve only to desensitize people to the true horror of any type of violence.

  2. Brandon J. Van EveryApril 29, 2011 at 9:30 amReply

    Indeed, you’re living up to your website’s name: seizing the moral low ground to attack First Amendment expression. Don’t cry when the Thought Police come to shut down your own ‘atrocious’ website.

    • Brett WilkinsApril 29, 2011 at 9:42 amReplyAuthor

      So how about a video game in which you’re a child rapist priest and you get points for how young your victims are and how “creatively” you assault them?

      • Brandon J. Van EveryApril 29, 2011 at 11:18 amReply

        The movie has been made already. The book has been written already. What’s so special about games?

        • Brett WilkinsApril 30, 2011 at 2:18 pmReplyAuthor

          Good point. But kids are more likely to play video games.

  3. greg jonesJuly 10, 2011 at 7:13 amReply

    Its crazy to me how we dont even fight this hard for Human Life!!! Talkn about this Priest app, theyre raping kids on the daily without punishment, get moved to another church or part of the country to continue raping!!! Or how more than half this country or world is starving and struggling, but we worry about how we wear fur, or how the animals we KILL everday for food, that is more if not the same torture!!! Or how the animal rights people are running up and down the streets fighting for dogs, but wont raise a muscle to fight for Human Life!!!! These are the same dogs the animal rights people wanted or want wiped off the earth, before Mike Vicks case, these same people were crying to ban pitbulls damn near in every state, like he created dog fighting, now theyre the pity party breed!!! These same people take these so called abused dogs that they claim theyre taking from a horrible life and do what???? KILL THEM!!! You have to KILL a little BABY before you get any real punishment in this country to be punished, but if just you hurt one you get a slap on the wrist!!! I dont hear nobody bitching about movies, reality shows that promote Fags, aids, moral short comings, hate on parents, and so many other thing that could effects kids as well as grown crazy people, but the minute a animal is envolved it the end of the world!!! I tell you WHITE PEOPLE are the worst thing GOD created!!!

    • Brett WilkinsJuly 10, 2011 at 7:58 amReplyAuthor

      I’d like to know which reality shows “promote AIDS.” I’d also like to know what’s wrong with “fags” or promoting them? And white people are not the worst thing “God” created; what this world has is a PEOPLE problem, not a WHITE PEOPLE problem. Animals and children are the only innocent ones in this world…

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