Tell Android to Block Dog Fighting App
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Tell Android to Block Dog Fighting App

    1. Robert Pregulman
    2. Petition by

      Robert Pregulman

      Seattle, WA

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

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Renowned dog trainer, Matthew Margolis, writes: Dogfighting isn't a game

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "Any way you cut it, the creation and distribution of a dogfighting app is embarrassingly hypocritical, wildly irresponsible and bottom-line unconscionable behavior from a group that purports to be 'dog lovers and dog owners themselves.'"

    2. Reached 50,000 signatures
    3. Would you want your kids playing a dogfighting app? (via Paw Posse)

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The real-life consequences of this game are dangerous. It promotes dogfighting, illegal in 50 states...By making a game out of it, Kage Games is minimizing the terrible effects of dogfighting & desensitizing players to animal abuse for personal gain.

    4. Money Radio 1510 Talks Highlights Campaign to Shut Down KG Dogfighting

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to Ken Morgan and Julie Dougherty of Business for Breakfast on Money Radio 1510 for having us on the show this morning to talk about the consumer demand for removing KG Dogfighting from the Android Market. Keep pressuring Google!

    5. Android Dogfighting App Back in the Spotlight

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      More than 42,000 people have joined a viral campaign on Change.org calling on Google to remove KG Dogfighting, a dogfighting game created by Kage Games, LLC, from the Android Market.
      In recent weeks, several news outlets had mistakenly reported that...

    6. Petition Urges Google to Ban Virtual Dog-fighting App

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      From the Animal Planet blog: "In the past Google has indicated that they will not support any app that promotes unlawful activity -- and dogfighting is undeniably illegal. Google has not yet responded as of this writing."

    7. Dog Wars: Should Google Ban Virtual Dogfighting Game?

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "SF Weekly contacted Google to ask whether it plans to budge on the issue...what we can tell you is that at a Senate hearing in May, Google's Alan Davidson told lawmakers that the company does- and will- remove any app that promotes unlawful activity

    8. Dog killing game is disgusting but is it right to ban it?

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      San Francisco Business Times weighs in.

    9. Opinion LA: Dogfighting Video Game Deserves to Die (Response to last post)

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Companies make value judgments and taste decisions all the time about what they will and won't sell...If enough consumers are annoyed by what's being sold and can marshal enough pressure on Google to get it to stop selling something, I say go for it.

    10. Opinion LA: Technology: Should Google Censor a Dogfighting Game?

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Activists have taken to the virtual streets hoping to persuade Google to remove Kage Games' virtual dogfighting game, KG Dogfighting, from its Android Market for smartphone apps.

    11. Animal Cruelty Investigator Denounces Dogfighting Phone App

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "It's vicious, it's disgusting," said Hugo Navarro with El Paso Animal Services. "It goes completely against what we do."

    12. Dogfighting App Hacked by Animal Activists

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The earlier version of the dogfighting app has been hacked by animal activists with a virus that sends a message to the phone's contacts that says "I take pleasure in hurting small animals, just thought you should know that."

    13. Can a Virtual Dogfighting App Lead to Real Violence Against Animals

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "Reinforcing any type of harmful behavior through repetition and virtual rewards blurs the boundaries of what is right and what is wrong – especially for children, who are in their formative years."

    14. KG Dogfighting Updated With More Cruelty

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      “For those who have questioned our intentions with this app, we have introduced the enforcement agency F.E.T.A. to teach our users there are consequences to dog fighting in real life." There are also guns to shoot FETA...What's the lesson there?

    15. Reports Wrong: Google never removed dog fighting app from Android Market

      Robert Pregulman
      Petition Organizer

      Please sign petition asking Google to remove dog fighting app from Android Market

    16. Dog fighting app draws outrage

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Corporal Ken Vetzel believes dabbling in virtual dog fighting could lead to the real thing. "To me, it's no different than gambling online. You know people who start there I'm sure end up at a casino at some point."

    17. Article criticizes KG Dogfighting's contribution to animal abuse

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "Despite outrage from consumers, the company defends the game and says it sells well. Perhaps it does, but catering to the lowest common denominator is not an entrepreneurial move to be applauded."

    18. Reached 40,000 signatures
    19. Animal lovers still offended by Android dog fighting app

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "Child psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Taylor says most children will just be desensitized by 'Dog Fighting.' But he says a small number will see it as a gateway to become fully involved the illegal sport."

    20. Alicia Silverstone speaks out against dog fighting app

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      From Alicia's Kind Life blog: "I’m horrified by this. Let’s make it clear to Google that glorifying animal cruelty is disgusting."

    21. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      From WHSV: "Dogfighting has moved from the real world into the virtual world by way of a new app for smart phones."

    22. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      When testifying before the Senate, Alan Davidson from Google said: "Apps that are unlawful or are directly related to unlawful activity, we do take those down." KG Dogfighting has been called more of a how-to than a game by law enforcement officials. Tell Davidson to stand by his word and take down the dog fighting app.

    23. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      From Animal Legal Defense Fund: "Dogfighting is a violent crime that is a felony in all 50 states, and it is a federal crime if it involves interstate or foreign commerce. Dogfighting victims suffer cruel training methods and often die in fights. Those dogs not killed during fights may be viciously killed by their handlers when they do not win. Family pets are sometimes stolen to be used as "bait" animals. This is not a game – it is animal cruelty."

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    • Kim Luckhardt YPSILANTI, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because these people need to be stop, This is a serious problem and it is not a game

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    • treena shepherd SAN DIEGO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Dogs fighting is cruel, illegal and immoral. A company with any sense at all, will relize that a there's to many people the find this app. offensive, and bring your company to court. It's too sensitive of a subject to even imagition that someone actually made a game of it. Please, don't market this.

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    • Ginny Parkes HENDERSON, NV
      • almost 2 years ago

      This app is not teaching our kids anything but how to abuse animals.. Shame on you for making a game like it..

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    • Roseanna Goforth FRENCHBURG, KY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Dog fighting is violent, cruel and inhumane and it should not be promoted in kids' games.

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    • antoinette von stade SAN LEANDRO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Really, this is entertainment? What is wrong with Kage Games? Awful

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