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Is an App about Dog Fighting ‘Just a Game’?

In essence, even the real life fighting of the Vick dogs was like a metaphorical game. The makers of Dog Wars are claiming that “it’s just a virtual game.” And they are donating a portion of their proceeds to animal rescue organizations. Well, the net effect is that rescues will need even more money than they currently need to rescue and rehabilitate the real life dogs that are affected by a virtual game. To make matters even worse, their virtual game only helps build the monster myth that Pit Bulls are aggressive. In a recent study of 122 dog breeds, by the American Temperament Society (ATTS), Pit Bulls achieved a passing rate of 83.9 percent. That even passes Golden Retrievers and Beagles, according to BADRAP (Bay Area Dog Lovers Responsible about Pit Bulls).

Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle said, “Because Dog Wars actually instructs players on how to condition a dog using methods that are standard in organized dog fighting, this game may be a virtual training ground for would-be dog fighters. Its timing and message are all wrong.”

While dog fighting is illegal in all 50 United States, dog fighting apps are seen by Kage Games as a freedom of speech. Google owns the Android, and I’m very curious to know their thoughts. There is some irony in the fact that they appear to love dogs as their offices are dog-friendly, where employees are invited to bring their dogs to work. Online, I found a quote made by a Google employee, “Google’s affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture.” With more than 23,000 full-time employees worldwide, Google has consistently ranked in the top 5 of Fortune Magazine’s 100 best companies to work for. “We recognize that dogs can be a valued and important part of employee’s lives and, in many cases, bringing them to work enhances their quality of life,” said Stacy Sullivan, Google’s chief culture officer.

Unlike Apple, which pre-screens its apps, Google relies on community monitoring to identify applications that violate its terms of service. Kage Games even states in all caps in their descriptions of the Dog Wars app, “A GAME THAT WILL NEVER BE IN THE iPHONE STORE!!!!”

All I can say is that I’m very proud to own an iPhone!

What are your thoughts? Are the Android Apps Dogs Wars and Dog Bucks merely virtual games that have no significance on real life behavior? Thanks for posting your comments below. If you believe that this is a damaging app, here are some call to action items:

1) Sign the petition to tell Google and Kage Games that dog fighting of any sort is never “Just a Game.”

2) Click here to flag this application as inappropriate. The application’s name is “Dog Wars,” the 2 add-on applications are named “Dog Bucks,” and the developer is Kage Games LLC.

3) Email Google at press@google.com and ask that they remove Dog Wars and both Dog Bucks packs from the Android Market. Share your concerns. As they say, a picture speaks a thousand words, so feel free to attach a photo of a victim of dog fighting.

4) Email Kage Games at pitboss@kagegames.com and tell them your thoughts. They have gained a huge amount of publicity over this app. This is a case where I really hope bad publicity is worse than no publicity.

5) Flag this application as inappropriate here.  The application’s name is “Dog Wars,” the 2 add-on applications are named “Dog Bucks”, and the developer is Kage Games LLC

6) If you’re an Android device user, search “Dog Wars” and “Dog Bucks” in the Android Market application.  Flag all 3 of them from your device as well.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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2:22PM PST on Feb 14, 2012

Thanks.

5:49PM PST on Dec 2, 2011

woah

12:59PM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

it is unbelievable

5:11PM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

A game about dog fighting? That's stupid

2:09PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

As much as i'd like to believe that this is a healthier alternative to actually going out and being a part of dog fighting, i don't..i believe it only encourages people who aren't already doing this to become more interested in it, the world doesn't need any more violence, and we certainly don't need to teach kids and what few peaceful people there are in this world to take up cruel behaviors and habits.

5:11PM PDT on May 15, 2011

if anyone thinks these jerks are getting away with the misappropriate behavior of putting Gods creatures in harms way think again.... Hell awaits those who cause the harm of any of these wonderful creatures.

10:56AM PDT on May 14, 2011

I have no doubt that people can be influenced by what they see in so called "games" and films too. My daughter, at the age of 13, was attacked by 5 teenage girls (who did not know her) and amongst other things they burnt her with a cigarette lighter and tried to make her drink vinegar, and also tried to make her drink water mixed with chilli powder. When questioned by the police they admitted that they had seen it in a film. :(

8:28AM PDT on May 14, 2011

SHAME on this App. bunch of sickos and money eaters!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12:50PM PDT on May 7, 2011

What a bad app. Violence and destruction involved human or animal is wrong

7:39PM PDT on May 6, 2011

Who would even make a game like that... disgusting

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