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.
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.