*Michael Vick and The Humane Society have joined forces to oppose an Android game that simulates dogfighting, encouraging users to feed, train, water and fight virtual canines.
Vick, who went to jail for financing a dogfighting ring, said the app “Dog Wars” 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 released by the Humane Society. “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.”
Kage Games, makers of the free app, brags that it will “never be in the iPhone App store!!!” – most likely because Apple must approve everything that’s sold there. Watchdog group Change.org has already launched a petition to get the game removed from Google.
“It is clear to me that the people at Google/Android /Kage Games think dog fighting is a joke and that perpetuating the myth that pit bulls are inherently aggressive has no repercussions,” Nikki Bolos wrote in the petition.
Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle also 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.”