Michael Vick has issued a statement on the new Android app “Dog Wars” that enables users to pit their dogs against others’ in fighting competition.
“I’ve come to learn the hard way that dogfighting is a dead-end street,” Vick said. “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.”
“Android should drop ‘Dog Wars’ from its online market and join the national movement to save dogs from this violent practice. Because “Dog Wars” actually instructs players on how to condition a dog using methods that are standard in organized dogfighting, this game may be a virtual training ground for would-be dogfighters. Its timing and message are all wrong.”
The app’s availability has already motivated some people to start a petition online at Change.org. The petition urges Google, the owner of Android, to terminated the app immediately.
According to the petition, the developers of the app, Cage Games, doesn’t appear to be issuing an apology any time soon.
“If you have a bug up your b*tt about the game concept, remember: It is just A VIDEO GAME…” is what was reported to be written on the game’s website.
But it’s more than a game. It has the ability to influence millions of people about the temperament of pit bulls, not to mention youth who may be tempted to partake in what is illegal in real life.
More from Change.org:
“This kind of stereotyping is responsible for countless deaths of loving, gentle and well adjusted pit bulls across the country. These innocent dogs suffer and die in shelters because it gives false verification to the public that pit bull type dogs are vicious. The people at Google/Android and Kage Games are too daft to realize that aggression is not a breed issue, it is a dog issue. Any dog breed can be “trained” to behave aggressively. This fact has been supported time and again.”
The petition against Dog Wars can be found at Change.org.
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