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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dog Wars App Is Back on the Market, the Fight Continues

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 7:45 AM

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  • The fight continues

Yesterday SF Weekly reported that the controversial Dog Wars app was mysteriously pulled from the Android market. But a quick search for the game now shows that the virtual dogfighting app is curiously back.

The national uproar over Dog Wars could have been the reason it was temporarily pulled. Yet unconfirmed reports say the brief disappearance was because of copyright infringement issues, according to bloggers.

Meanwhile, people continue signing petitions asking Google to permanently take the app off the market. has gotten more than 13,000 signatures from supporters who want it blocked. And this week, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick came out against Dog Wars, saying it was a training ground for dogfighters.

And Vick should know. He served 18 months in prison for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring. He is now joining forces with the Humane Society in blasting the game, saying it glorifies animal abuse.

Dog Wars allows users to feed, water, and train virtual pit bulls for dogfights. And while Kage Games,

which created the app, insists it isn't promoting the murderous sport,

the website

features an illustration of a pit bull with a bloody muzzle next to the Dog Wars logo.

Kage has defended the game, saying that it is meant to be satire, and that it would actually benefit dogs. The developers have vowed to donate proceeds from the game to animal groups across the nation.

Naturally, PETA has now come out with its own smartphone app -- one that allows users to monitor and take action against people who are exploiting or mistreating animals. And the animal-rights organization suggested that subscribers put the free app to good use and protest  Dog Wars.

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