Our voices have apparently been heard....
from all the blog postings (including my own I hope)....cries from national animal welfare groups....even Michael Vick getting into the act, the Los Angeles Police Department and various other voices....the dog fighting "game" application called Dog Wars (Kage Games LLC) has apparently been pulled from the Android Market.
So, I simply went on my Android device and searched for the App - according to my Android search Dog Wars does not exist!
I don't know anything more. I will say the website describing the game (as of this moment) remains alive. Maybe the game's designer's have hopes of relaunching somewhere. Certainly they received more free press than most apps dream of.
By the way, I have heard all sorts of rumors about the game's developers. I have no idea what's true or not true.
Of course, Android did the right thing. Supporting graphic depictions of violence to people is bad enough - but I realize their are countless games out there which people shoot at one another, and drive one another over....I'm not sure that's a good thing...but dogs can't respond. And the depiction here of Pit Bull is worthy of response.. It's just plain wrong. How does that matter? Well, dogs die every day as a result. Breed bans are enacted as a result of these mistaken notions which have taken hold in popular culture.
Also, I worry - the description of "training" dogs in the app might be something children would have tried. It's cruel, and might cause a dog to bite in response. Never mind, the lesson in violence children would get playing this game. That's the thing - dog fighting is depicted as a sport or a game, but not the unthinkably cruel felony it is.
Is this a victory? I don't know. Sadly dog fighting is still not taken seriously everywhere. For sure, it's no game, and should never be trivialized or glamorized.
Tags: American Humane Association, Android app, ASPCA, dog fighting, dog fighting is a felony, dog training, Dog Wars, Humane Society of the United States, Kage Games, Michael Vick, Pit Bulls, Steve Dale, Steve Dale archives, violence to dogs