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BY STEPHANIE STOUFFER
ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY
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Dog fighting. On your cell phone. It’s called Dog Wars -- a new Android app that has the Humane Society of the United States, animal rights activists and Michael Vick speaking out against it. Los Angeles CW-affiliate KTLA explains -- the app teaches users how to train fighting dogs.
“That company is Kage Games that created the controversial app in which players can feed and train their pitbulls, even inject them with steroids -- all to create a stone-cold killer dog.”
Michael Vick -- who served 21 months in prison after getting busted for dog fighting -- is supporting HSUS in trying to get the app pulled from the Android Market. Vick said in a statement...
“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.”
Anchors for San Francisco’s CBS affiliate question the motives of the developers despite a statement from the company saying the app was made with good intentions.
REPORTER: “They say the app is a satire and they’re hoping to educate people on the real-life horrors of dog fighting. They even say that from the very beginning they wanted to give money to certain animal rights groups.”
ANCHOR: “Ok, you made contact with these people -- do you buy that? Are you buying their explanation, or are they just embarrassed now and got caught with this thing?”
REPORTER: “I don’t think that they are coming out saying anything they don’t believe in. I think this is the very beginning of it, they haven’t even marketed it yet. So we’ll see where they go from here on out and see if they actually do give money to animal rights groups.”
ANCHOR: “Alright... laughing... Keep us updated.”
But a public policy specialist for the Independence Institute in Colorado says there is nothing illegal about creating the app.
“The inventors of the game have their First Amendment freedom of speech rights to make the game and distribute it anyway they want with any company who will help them distribute it. And the people who criticize the game have the same right to criticize it just as much as they want and to urge Google not to distribute it.”
Petitioning Google is exactly what people are doing -- there are more than 1,000 signatures on an online petition and several pages on Facebook protesting the app. Google has yet to comment on whether the game will stay in the Android Market.
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