Michael Vick, Humane Society Dispute Dogfighting App
A new application built to run on Google Inc.’s Android software is catching flack from Michael Vick and the Humane Society.
According to the Associated Press, the app called “Dog Wars” lets users train, water, feed, and fight virtual dogs against each others.
In a statement posted on the Human Society website, Vick had this to say, “”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.”
Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle added, “Android should drop ‘Dog Wars’ from its online market and join the national movement to save dogs from this violent practice.”
The app was launched by Kage Games, which features an image of a pit bull with a bloody muzzle next to the “Dog Wars” logo on their website, and has argued that app is merely a video game.
“Perhaps one day we will make gerbil wars or beta fish wars for people who can’t understand fantasy role play games,” Kage Games stated.
Still, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other groups are fighting for the app to be pulled.
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick talked about the struggles he faced after serving 18-months in prison on dogfighting and conspiracy charges.