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Vick, Humane Society Say Android App Glorifies Dogfighting

MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS / AP) — Michael Vick and the Humane Society said on Monday that an application built to run on Google Inc.’s Android software glorifies dogfighting.

The cellphone app is called “Dog Wars” and lets players feed, water, train and fight their virtual dogs against others.

“I’ve come to learn the hard way that dogfighting is a dead-end street,” Vick said in a statement posted on the Humane Society’s website. “Now, I am on the right side of this issue, and I think it’s important to send the smart message to kids, and not glorify this form of animal cruelty, even in an Android app.”

The app is by Kage Games, whose website features an illustration of a pit bull with a bloody muzzle next to the ‘Dog Wars’ logo.

A website where the app can be downloaded stresses that it is only a video game. “Perhaps one day we will make gerbil wars or beta fish wars for people who can’t understand fantasy role play games,” it says.

Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle said, however, the game could be used as virtual training ground for would-be dogfighters.

“Android should drop ‘Dog Wars’ from its online market and join the national movement to save dogs from this violent practice,” Pacelle said in a statement.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other groups also called for the app to be pulled.

Vick was once the NFL’s highest-paid player but was arrested in 2007 and convicted on dogfighting charges, for which he served 18 months in federal prison. He returned to the league in 2009 and is now a star quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Google did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

  • genomega1

    Listen up this is the 21 first century we don’t need any stinking rules or morals or rules anything goes, you ignorant bible thumpers go away now.

    • tad

      To genomega1:
      Let me ask you are you an animal? or are so self consumed you think everything is OK w/o morals. If so you are truly a lost individual. It is almost unbelievable some one post would post such nonsense. You are in serious need of getting your head examined.

  • Where_is_the_intelligence

    genomega1 –

    Okay, how about I stick you in a pit with my 3 rottweilers and let them tear you into raw bloody chunks. We don`t need any rules or morals eh? So no one would mind then or help you after they ripped you a new one..i`d call that Karma.

  • Dixie

    We live in a society where rules and morals are needed to keep imbeciles like you in line.

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