Dog Wars is a game where you raise, feed, and train your dog to fight other dogs and become the best. While it was just recently released it already has over 50,000 installs and a four star rating.
While this is just a game many animal activists are demanding this game be removed from the Android Market. The Humane Society President, Wayne Pacelle, was stated in the Washington Post as saying that this app could be used as a virtual training for would be dog fights.
Michael Vick is another person against this dog fighting app. Vick had spent 18 months in federal prison after being convicted of dog fighting while playing for the Atlanta Falcons back in 2007. After being released in 2009, Vick was given a second shot and started playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. Since his release Vick has taken a strong stance against dog fighting and was quoted on the Humane Society’s Site saying, ” I’ve come to learn the hard way that dog fighting is a dead end street. Now I’m on the right side of the 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.”
While others are quite upset regarding this application found on the Android Market, the creators are saying its just a game. Kage Games is quoted from their application’s description as saying, “It is just a VIDEO GAME,” along with “Just go slingshot some virtual birds to kill some virtual pigs,” and also ” We appreciate everyone’s thoughts about our app as we are firm believers in the right to free speech and the free exchange of ideas.”
While both sides have made valid points regarding Dog Wars game, Google has yet to comment on their opinion of this virtual dog fighting game. So what the outcome may be is yet to be known. However, there are many apps on the market that could be come targets of controversy. Not everyone is going to agree when it comes to certain applications or games. Look at Call of Duty, Wrestling, and Grand Theft Auto, they have all been under fire at one point and time.
We will be sure to follow this story closely and keep you updated.