- Andy RubinSVP of Mobile, Google
- Alan DavidsonPublic Policy, Google
- Andrew PedersonCorporate Communications, Google
Tell Android to Block Dog Fighting App
In "KG Dogfighting" (formerly named "Dog Wars," by Kage Games, LLC), an app for Android smartphones, you can feed, water, train and fight dogs. This app makes a game out of dog fighting -- celebrating cruelty against animals and contributing to the attitude that there's nothing wrong with using animals in bloodsports. This type of media fuels animal abuse and breed specific legislation, which costs innocent dogs their lives.
The company attacks people who are offended by this app by saying "It is just a video game." But they also tweeted the following: "#DogWars gametip: steroids will help you get stronger but just like real life you still gotta train for max effect."
One dedicated player created a video of tips, such as using the guns in the game for protection in police raids. The video also includes photos of dogs tagged with known fighting lines and puppies for sale.
Dog fighting is a felony across all 50 states. "KG Dogfighting" promotes violence and creates a virtual community for a very real crime. Like many sites, Android Market's policies don't specifically address animal cruelty, but do state: "Android Market should not be used for unlawful purposes or for promotion of dangerous and illegal activities."
Android, owned by Google, shouldn't be allowing this type of app in its market. Tell Android/Google to block "KG Dogfighting" (and Kage Games' related app, "Dog Bucks") and stop condoning animal cruelty.
After you sign and share, be sure to report the game in the Android Market, too: http://www.google.com/support/androidmarket/bin/request.py?contact_type=takedown
- SVP of Mobile, Google
- Executive Chairman, Alphabet, Inc.
- Public Policy, Google
- Corporate Communications, Google
I am writing to ask you to remove "KG Dogfighting" (formerly called "Dog Wars") -- and the related app "Dog Bucks - 8,000 + Adrln Shot" -- and block Kage Games, LLC from the Android Market.
In this app, users can feed, water, train and fight virtual dogs. While its creators say "it is just a video game," they also provide tips to their users such as "steroids will help you get stronger but just like real life you still gotta train for max effect." In the Dog Bucks app, players get bonus money for their virtual dog fights, plus an adrenaline shot to make sick, injured (even dead) dogs perform harder, faster, and meaner.
By allowing this app, Google/Android is condoning animal cruelty and creating a community for a very real crime. Dog fighting is a felony across all 50 states.
KG Dogfighting is listed as "A game that will never be in the iPhone app store." Not because of a preference for your platform, but because the creators don't believe Apple would allow such a violent, offensive game. Since your policy states: "Android Market should not be used for unlawful purposes or for promotion of dangerous and illegal activities," this app should not be allowed on your site either.
I urge you to take a stand against felony animal cruelty and remove the Kage Games apps that glorify dog fighting from the Android Market.
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