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Michael Vick, Humane Society Growl Over Android Dogfighting Game

The Humane Society and Michael Vick are teaming up to oppose an Android game that simulates dogfighting.

Vick, who went to jail over real-life dogfighting, said the app sends the wrong message to children.

“I’ve come to learn the hard way that dogfighting is a dead-end street,” Vick said in a statement. “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 CEO Wayne Pacelle called on Google to pull the app from the Android Market.

“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 Google representative did not immediately respond for comment.

Unlike Apple, which pre-screens its apps, Google relies on community monitoring to identify applications that violate its terms of service. The creators of Dog Wars appear to have taken note of that. The description of Dog Wars in the Android Market describes it in all caps as “a game that will never be in the iPhone App Store!!!”

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