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Michael Vick, Humane Society Denounce Dogfighting App

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A game application for smart phones is under fire by animal rights groups.

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and the Humane Society are denouncing a controversial cell phone app that they say glorifies dogfighting.

The android app is called “Dog Wars”—and lets players, feed, water, train, and fight their virtual dogs against one another.

Vick issued a statement that read:

“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.”

The app is by Kage Games, whose website features an illustration of a pit bull with a bloody muzzle next to the ‘Dog Wars’ logo. A website where the app can be downloaded stresses that it is only a video game.

Authorities are concerned though that it could be used as virtual training ground for would-be dogfighters.

Michael Vick was once the NFL’s highest-paid player, but that changed following his arrest and conviction on dogfighting charges. After serving 18 months in federal prison, Vick returned to the league in 2009 to play for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is now a star quarterback and is outspoken against the crime of dogfighting.

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  • Marlene

    Mr. Vick is now trying to make nice with everyone, hoping we will forgive him for what he did. Forgiving is easy, but forgetting is a whole other subject. How do I forget what he did when the images are only a click away? (Not that I EVER would watch). What is done cannot be undone, the animals that were so horribly sacrificed cannot be made whole again, and no matter how many times he SAYS he’s sorry (or did he ever?), I still hear the screams of those little bait dogs………But, I suppose, in some peoples’eyes, the super bowl is more important than the lives of a few dogs. One must get one’s priorities straight, after all. Rah rah and all that …….

    • Char T

      Thank you Marlene!!!! I agree!

  • Robb

    Um, why should Vick sue the company that made the app? I’m not defending the app, which I think is repulsive, but how is it harming him in any way?

    • Tracy Morse

      he is not suing for money, but to stop the use of the app.

  • newsie

    I don’t think anybody wants to hear it from Michael Vick…he should probably just stay out of the news and mind his own business…

    • newsie

      Just to clarify, I am absolutely against dogfighting…I just think Vick should stay out of it….its not going to be effective coming from him.

  • Donna Lauria

    This is horrible! Michael Vick should sue whoever has that app. out.

    I do NOT condone what Vick did – however, he has paid his debt for what he did. LEAVE HIM ALONE. Let him take the Eagles to the Super Bowl, which is his job now.

    • Mommy

      Those dogs paid with their lives, does that mean to make that debt even Vick should too? Oh that’s right he’s a big fancy star and above all that. He shoudl have to make restitution for the rest of his life as those dog paid with their entire lives – yet he hasn’t given a dime to those dogs rehab. His comments on video many times when new owners of the dogs tried to contact him is “I don’t care about the dogs” – which can even be clearly seen/heard on many youtube clips of him. The only reason he speaks out against dogfighting is because he got caught – also admitted by him many times on tape – get yr facts straight, he hasn’t paid squat compared to what those animals went through. A few years inconvenience is all. Watch what he did on video, see what he’s said many times to the fosters & rescues of those pups and if you can still say he’s so great – something is really truly wrong with you.

      • Paul

        Losing all of his money and going through bankruptcy and then going to prison for two years doesn’t constitute as some legitimate form of punishment? The reason why people think he is great is that through all of this he has managed to come out and become an even better quarterback in the most cut throat league in the world. Maybe watch those videos instead of trying to dwell on things in the past.

    • Philly

      What crack are you smokin? Why the hell would you even say Michael Vick should sue? What, Android & Google took his idea of dog fighting away? You’re clearly a dope.

      • Char T

        I CONCUR!!!!!! AMAZES me that there really are people out there THIS STUPID!!! Thanks Philly! :)

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