I Can Still See What a Dirtbag You Are.

Did you know that there are over 227 rescue groups in the United States that are devoted to saving pit bulls?  That seems like a lot, doesn’t it?  There are three standout reasons for this. First, there are a disproportionately large number of pit bulls that find their way into shelters.  A main cause of that is that backyard breeders over-breed pit bull terrier type dogs because of the demand for pitties to populate illegal dog fighting rings.

And make no mistake: dog fighting is illegal. It is a felony offense in all fifty states.

The second reason accounting for the number of pittie rescues, is BSL. (Breed Specific Legislation). Many people get a pit bull without researching the laws in their city or state, only to find that there is BSL where they live, and then are forced to relinquish their pet. BSL also affects rescue groups, because it requires them to carry the same outlandish level of insurance for housing a pit bull that the dog’s owner would have to carry. As a result, there are many rescues that just won’t take pit bulls.

The third reason for so many pit-bull specific rescues is because a large segment of the dog rescue community recognizes the need to help a breed that has been unfairly vilified. And let’s face it: pit bulls have really gotten a bad rap. A fear-driven hysteria has taken root in regard to this breed because of its vilification in the media. To make matters worse, Google Android has recently released a Dog Fighting app for the smartphone.

The first release of the app that simulates dog fighting was called “Dog Wars”. The game teaches users how to breed, train, fight, medicate and kill virtual dogs. Last month, the app was pulled, but it turns out that it was pulled because of a copyright violation, not because the idea of the game is heinous and irresponsible. Last week, the app was rereleased  under the name KG Dogfighting.

I guess it’s a no-brainer to figure out what I think about this sorry excuse for a game. Dog fighting at every level, from high-stakes interstate rings to back-alley street-level fights, is a cause of daily suffering and death for dogs. And not just pit bull type dogs either. Dog fighters obtain all sorts of breeds from “free to good home” ads to use as bait dogs. If you don’t know what a bait dog is, you can read Noah’s personal story in this post on the Lucky Dog Rescue Blog.

This is a photo of Noah. He was once a bait dog.

Noah: a former bait dog. (photo by Ashley Owen Hill)

Bait dogs are used to train fighting dogs how to kill. They often have their teeth removed, or their muzzles duct taped shut. Then they are restrained while the fighter dogs are instructed to attack.

Kage Games, the creators of “KG Dogfighting,” made a statement to the LA Times, claiming that KG Dogfighting is educational, and that the company is donating part of the profits to animal-welfare organizations and disaster relief causes in Japan. A Kage Games official, using the alias “Pit Boss,” reportedly emailed the Times:

“We are in fact animal lovers ourselves,” Pit Boss wrote. “This is our groundbreaking way to raise money/awareness to aid REAL dogs in need, execute freedom of expression and serve as a demonstration to the competing platform that will not allow us as developers to release software without prejudgment.”

Yeah. And I can leap tall buildings in a single bound. What a crock of shit.

Is Kage Games really playing the “Freedom of expression” card?  Really? Sorry to break it to you Pit Boss, but just because you are hiding behind the first amendment doesn’t mean we can’t still see what a dirtbag you are.

Since when do we educate by bad example? What’s next: A child sex-slave app? A rape app? A terrorism app? The companies that sell KG Dogfighting should be ashamed of themselves; putting corporate greed above social responsibility.

If you are as appalled as I am by this muck-sucking excuse for entertainment, please sign the petition at change.org asking Google android to permanently remove KG Dogfighting from its mobile store.

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About yelodoggie

C.A.Wulff is an author, artist and animal advocate. She has been involved in pet rescue for over twenty-five years. She has written two books about her true-life adventures living with an ever-changing house full of pets: Born Without a Tail, and Circling the Waggins, and a guide to animal advocacy using the Internet as a tool: How to Change the World in 30 Seconds". Wulff also writes a pet column and book review column for the Examiner, and is a contributing editor for AnimalsVote.org. She attributes her love of animals to having been raised by Wulffs.
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10 Responses to I Can Still See What a Dirtbag You Are.

  1. DIRTBAG, well that is being nice!!! This really gets to me, people who use and abuse wonderful animals, when they do get away with crap like that damn game just cause they can hide behind the 1st amendment really pisses me off!!! Noah didnt deserve that kind of treatment!! NO DOG DOES!!! Even with the many groups out there to help this shit is still happening!!! Can’t we start putting these assholes to sleep???

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  3. Donnene says:

    This makes me sad. How can people be so cruel. We have a pit and she is a wonderful , harmless dog and I would kill anyone who dared to hurt her.

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  4. Lu says:

    Thanks! I have signed the petition and am sending a link to your blog to my dog rescue and other friends.

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  5. Susan says:

    Maybe Verizon should have some pressure put on it – they’ve been playing catch-up with the iPhones – they may not like being associated with this inappropriate and cruel app.

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  7. Thousands have been rightfully outraged over the free Android app – .As these thousands banded together to take a stand it appears that perhaps Google and Android have taken notice ….According to an article just shared by BSL News it seems that Dogs Wars has disappeared from the Android Market..Welcome news to everyone that took the time to voice their dismay and displeasure to both Google and the Android Market..Now theres another obstacle to overcome — Dog Wars may be gone but still exists. Dog Bucks is a 99-cent item which equips Dog Wars characters with 8 000 Dog Bucks and an adrenaline shot that makes sick injured even dead dogs perform harder faster — and meaner..Bottom line — its an application that provides profits to Kage Games LLC the maker of the virtual dog-fighting game …

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  8. Jen says:

    Isn’t there already someone named Pit Boss? If I’m not mistaken, it’s a TV show about rescuing pitbulls. The creators of this game have a difficult time understanding lots of things, besides how to be a compassionate human; copyright law seems to be escaping them.

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