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April 25, 2011

Michael Vick and The HSUS Respond to Android Dogfighting Application

The following is a statement from Michael Vick regarding the Android-compatible application “Dog Wars”: 

“I’ve come to learn the hard way that dogfighting is a dead-end street.  Now, I am on the right side of this issue, and I think it’s important to send the smart message to kids, and not glorify this form of animal cruelty, even in an Android app.”

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, writes extensively on dogfighting in his new book, “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them,” and discusses his work now with Michael Vick to reach kids in at-risk communities and to steer them away from dogfighting.

Pacelle added the following:  

“Android should drop ‘Dog Wars’ from its online market and join the national movement to save dogs from this violent practice. Because “Dog Wars” actually instructs players on how to condition a dog using methods that are standard in organized dogfighting, this game may be a virtual training ground for would-be dogfighters. Its timing and message are all wrong.”

For more information on The HSUS’ work against dogfighting, visit http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/dogfighting/

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