Dogfighting Phone App Renamed and Back on Sale on Android System

Posted by Stephanie Ulmer, Guest Blogger on May 12, 2011

Unbelievably, the lead story on my late local news (Fox 11, Los Angeles) recently was about a new app for mobile phones called “Dog Wars.” In it, people could train dogs to fight other dogs to the death to “earn street cred,” and virtual money. The opening page for the app showed a pit bull covered in blood around his mouth, touting players to, “Raise your dog to beat the best.” At its virtual store players could purchase shock collars and steroids for their dogs, and could even buy guns to “beat back the cops.” The app had been on sale for about a month on the Android/Google system and about 50,000 people had purchased it. The newscast also noted that, thankfully, Apple’s iPod and iPad wanted nothing to do with it. So after a huge public outcry, the app was pulled from the Android market. End of story, right? Wrong.

A few days later latimesblogs.latimes.com reported that the app has been renamed “KG Dogfighting” and is back up on the Android Marketplace. The account detailed a letter sent to Google Chief Executive Officer Larry Page by Los Angeles Police Protective League President Paul M. Weber urging Google "to do the right thing and ban this game permanently."

The reports that I have read and seen mention how outraged and sickened animal lovers are over the app. But I don’t think animal lovers are alone in their thinking. Anyone with a modicum of self-respect and common sense can see that this is so inappropriate that mere words don’t truly describe the horror here. Don’t we see enough needless animal suffering and abuse in real life that video games should not even be a part of the equation? What kind of person would find this entertaining? How can we possibly allow young people to think that this sort of behavior is acceptable? Unlike shooting someone in the face, some people don’t necessarily know that dogfighting is a serious crime, with major consequences for all involved.

The Los Angeles Police Department Protective League has decried the app, noting the horrendous results of actual dogfights: the suffering, the inhumanity, the prolonged and painful deaths, and the propensity to carry on the abuse to other living creatures. Even Michael Vick, the convicted dogfighting felon, has spoken out against the app, stating his disapproval.

Orange County, Florida, has complied the statistics showing the connection between animal abuse and domestic abuse. It notes that the FBI has recognized the connection since the 1970s, when its analysis of the lives of serial killers suggested that most had killed or tortured animals as children. In addition, “other research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of other forms of violence, including child abuse, spousal abuse and elder abuse. An examination of government data measuring intimate partner violence and studies of the prevalence of animal cruelty in such cases reveal staggering numbers of animals victimized by abusive partners each year.”

The report lists that:

  • Animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than individuals without a history of animal abuse
  • Up to 75 percent of domestic violence victims report that their partners threatened or killed family pets
  • A survey of the 50 largest U.S. shelters for battered women found that 85 percent of women and 63 percent of children entering shelters discussed incidents of pet abuse in the family
  • Children living in an abusive home regularly turn to animal abuse and later in life, human abuse. In fact, 32 percent of pet-owning victims of domestic abuse reported that their child had hurt or killed a pet.

Before the initial app was pulled, the maker of the app, Kage Games, released a statement saying, “Just because something is illegal in real life in certain countries, does not mean it is illegal to make a song, movie, or videogame about it. Perhaps one day we will make gerbil wars or beta fish wars for people who can’t understand fantasy role play games.” After putting the app back on sale, Kage Games said in an email to The Los Angeles Times this week that “the game was meant to educate the public on the evils of animal cruelty.”

A fantasy role play game? Some twisted, reprehensible fantasy. Animal education? I am not buying it, and I hope people will see through this marketing ploy and boycott this “game.” This app glorifies illegal crimes on so many levels there is absolutely no justification here. Dogfighting. Illegal drugs. Guns. Shooting at police officers. There is no way that these depictions of animal anguish should be a part of anyone’s fantasy or education, and certainly no one should be making any money off such despicable content. No one’s fantasy should include the agony, misery or distress of helpless animals. Ever. Dogfighting is not a game, and it should not be trivialized as one. Please spread the word that dogfighting in any form–real or virtual–is not acceptable.


10 thoughts on “Dogfighting Phone App Renamed and Back on Sale on Android System

  1. Anne Ansel says:

    Fantasy role game?
    Why would we want our children to fantasize about killing animals or shooting cops that try to stop this animal torture?
    I believe that Kage is completely irresponsible and should pull this game. If they refuse and continue to encourage our youth to promote animal abuse, then Kage should be help accountable for promoting dogfighting.

  2. Caryn says:

    Are there any hackers out there that can crash that whole game system? Lowlife people that like this stuff will NOT boycott it. The company won’t pull it, so someone needs to find a back door. I WISH I knew how. This is disgusting.

  3. Diane Heppe says:

    When are people going to stop exploiting animals for profit? Disgusting and immoral.

  4. Faely says:

    So Kage Games will do anything for a dollar? I don’t need to be educated on the horrors of dog fighting. Anyone with any common knowledge should have sense enough to realize how cruel and sick it is. I will not be buying anything put out by Kage Games. How very sad that their bottom lines means this much to them.

  5. beth donovan says:

    Android did pulled the app the assholes who created just renamed it and put it back damn them.
    So we need to get them to pull the new one

  6. Jo-Ann Rawlings says:

    Not only are they jeopardizing the minds of innocent children but the future lives of our beloved pets(family).

  7. Lisa says:

    I used to want an Android phone but I’ll NEVER buy one now! I also know at least 10 other people who have decided NOT to buy one for the same reason. I will never purchase ANY app from Kage Games either. I don’t know who they think they’re fooling by saying that this app is meant to “educate” people AGAINST animal/people abuse, but it ain’t me!! Anyone who thinks “this is just a game” needs to re-examine their way of thinking!

  8. ruth says:

    What country do Kage games come from? I don’t think its either the USA or UK. How about trying to work with our governments to ban the import or dissemination via the Internet of ALL Kage games? Really hit them in their pockets?
    Meanwhile;

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/next_action.html?pId=772450200

  9. gary A says:

    To show this n act like its for a purpose when there’s guns to kill cops n train dogs to kill another?? What r these ppl going to say when its judgment day?? God will say why have u killed my creation?? There is no excuse for this crap…these ppl who hustle n use animals for their benefits need to get a damn job n step up, these type of ppl are no different than terrorist n should be arrested, these types of games should be outlawed!! these of ppl are sick n have no heart…life is a test so make the best of it, these animals r part of gods kingdom n I pity the fool when their day comes…no religion allows this, there is no explanation. I have pit bulls n they r loyal n caring n I wouldn’t ever do that, I protect them as much as they protect me, we protect each other with love. this is a vicious crime n perverted love in every way possible. My heart goes out to these animals

  10. Nina says:

    Honestly I am so sick of hearing that Michael Vick is against dogfighting…BOGUS…putting Michael Vick’s name in it just makes it nauseating and irrelevant…the only reason he spoke out against the game is because at this point in “his game” he has to, and it serves a purpose for him ( he wants a dog ["for his kids"])YA RIGHT! They can get one when they are grown let daddy explain why they can’t have one…he probably plays it to get his rocks off for the time being! He is a monster who tortures animals and never deserves to be near one again!

    As far as the app goes they will keep changing the name…Android (google) doesn’t catch onto the name…C’mon?

    Google is crooked too…in it for the money…they probably told Kage to change the name because there was too much controversy!

    I don’t use Google and I will never buy an Android!!!

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