A new Android video game in which players train their virtual dogs to fight has some animal lovers in an uproar, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Critics, including the Humane Society and NFL star Michael Vick, are calling for Android to pull the game and for Google to forbid similar releases on its mobile device platform. “Dog Wars” was originally released on March 8. The game’s tagline reads, “Raise Your Dog to Beat the Best,” according to the Android Market website. Players can buy shock collars to help train their virtual dogs. “Feed, water, train and FIGHT your virtual dog against other player’s [sic]” reads the website offering the free download, created by Kage Games, LLC. But Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, said this is not a game. Instead, he said, it encourages cruelty to dogs and could be a training ground for young people to try pitting dogs against each other in real life. “We want to inoculate kids against dogfighting,” he said Monday. “It’s horrible.” Pacelle and Michael Vick have issued a statement against the game. Vick, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles football team, served 21 months in jail for his… Read full this story
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