The heat is rising on “Dog Wars”. The Android mobile game, which allows you to fight your virtual dog against other online players, has been receiving scorn since its release last week. “You’ll have to really work them to bring out that natural killer instinct..” reads one blurb in the game.
Naturally, the reaction to this game, touted by the developers as one “You’ll never find in the iPhone App Store!!”, has been negative. In fact, you know it’s bad when even Michael Vick is slamming you. The convicted dog fighter recently issued a statement saying,
“I’ve come to learn the hard way that dogfighting is a dead-end street,” he 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.”
The Humane Society of the United States is backing up Vick’s comments, with CEO Wayne Pacelle adding:
“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.”