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    04-26-2011, 07:29 AM
New dog fighting app

I don't know if anyone has heard of this new app that was released for the Android, but it's striking quite the controversy:

Dog fighting app causing controversy |

This app allows you to train and raise your own fighting dog and play against other players who are doing the same. Dog fighting is outlawed in all 50 states, so it's not really surprising people are getting worked up over it. Personally, I am against dog fighting and I don't think this app should be released.

But what got me thinking was about something deeper than just a dog fighting issue. Why, I am asking, are people making a huge deal over one dog fighting app while there are hundreds if not thousands apps that display violence against the human race? Combat games are easily the most bought and played games in society today.

Taken from the article:

"It sends the wrong message to our kids, that this is acceptable behavior and it should be emulated," Weber said. "That this is something to be emulated or respected is really repugnant."

Is sending the message that killing people is OK? Should we be teaching our kids that murder is all right? Because nobody makes a big deal over games promoting the kill of human beings. People say kids/teens know that killing virtual people is much different than killing real people and there is no risk involved. If that's the case, why are people worried about this new dog fighting app?

So my question is: Should we be paying more attention to games promoting violence toward humans? Is it ok that thousands of games display blood, gore, and hate against people are being overlooked while one little dog fighting app is getting all this attention? Is there something wrong here, or does the dog fighting app cover a completely different controversy?

I'd to love your hear your thoughts on it.
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    04-26-2011, 07:38 AM
Freedom of speech....Freedom of the app press (lol).....As horrid as it is, better to spend their time with a silly Android app than on real dogs. Plus, you can't take away that right to create an app. If they take this off the market, you open a whole can of worms with human violence and where to draw the line. Murder is outlawed in all 50 states as well.
    04-26-2011, 07:45 AM
Freedom of the app press, interesting.

Another question I thought of was... Is this suggesting we care more about the lives and well being of animals, then we do humans?

I honestly can't say we do or don't, but it's something to think about. I do think we care more about human lives than animals in general, but whether or not this is suggesting that, well I'll leave that up to you all to discuss/decide.
    04-26-2011, 07:49 AM
Murder is outlawed anywhere! I agree 100% with Equineiphile. But there are probably people that love the dog fighting app. People have their own likes and opinions. Personally, I would never upload this app. But if peopel have the sense, they will not upload it. If a parent doesn't want their child to play/see it, they won't let them upload it. (it all depends on the child). I agree that violent games like Grand Theft Auto ect, do not get attention but as soon as a dog fighting app comes out, it turns into a big hoo-haa. It is all a bit rediculous really. App makers make what they want for the money, they don't care what it does/doesn't promote.

As for caring more about animals. I would have to say no, it doesn't indicate this at all. For E.g. Someone, a human, goes missing, the whole police force is out looking for them. A dog goes missing, posters are put up and they wait to see what happens. The owners look for the dog but the police couldn't care less. I can't explain lol
    04-26-2011, 10:11 AM
I voted no for the same reasons equiniphile laid out. As stupid and horrible as the app sounds, so long as the people playing it to do not engage in that activity in the real world then I don't see the problem with it. Censorship of any kind, whether it being freedom of speech or freedom of expression is bad and not the way to handle these things.

With that said... people who engage in dog fighting should be beaten THEN thrown in jail. :P
    04-26-2011, 10:20 AM
I don't think it should be allowed. Just a matter of time before it starts a craze.
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    04-26-2011, 10:33 AM
Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
I don't think it should be allowed. Just a matter of time before it starts a craze.
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What?! No way. There's no way in hell this is going to start a craze. No one in their right mind is going to have an urge to dog fight after playing a crudely made video game, and the people who are engaged in that activity are already screwed up in the head with some sort of mental deficiency. Look at the violent video games, that never started a craze? I don't see people driving around in cars running over people left and right because they just spent the weekend playing Grand Theft Auto and had a blast doing it?
    04-26-2011, 10:53 AM
Green Broke
Uh Oh!! I see PETA coming!
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    04-26-2011, 11:10 AM
Green Broke
How is this any different from human combat video games? Just because this is animal combat doesnt make it 10293102938X worse then any other violent game.
    04-26-2011, 11:14 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by horseloverd2    
Another question I thought of was... Is this suggesting we care more about the lives and well being of animals, then we do humans?

Considering the fact that a child dies every 5 seconds in Africa. Yet Americans go into riot to ban horse slaughter all over the world. Its clear where priorities lie.

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