Michael Vick and The Humane Society are speaking out against a new Android game, Dog Wars, that simulates dogfighting. According to the game’s description, you “feed, water, train, and FIGHT your virtual dog against other player’s.” Michael Vick, who ended up in the slammer after participating in real-life dogfighting, had this to say about the game:
“I’ve come to learn the hard way that dogfighting is a dead-end street. 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.”
Wayne Pacelle, CEO The Humane Society, is asking that Google to pull the app from the Android Marketplace saying:
“Android should drop ‘Dog Wars’ from its online market and join the national movement to save dogs from this violent practice,” Pacelle said. “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.”
A representative from Google has yet to release a statement.