SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Michael Vick and the Humane Society are both growling at a smartphone app they say glorifies dogfighting and abuse of animals. The NFL quarterback has released a statement on the Humane Society's web site denouncing the app for Android phones called "Dog Wars."
Players can feed, water, train and fight their virtual animals against others. In his statement, Vick says he has "come to learn the hard way that dogfighting is a dead-end street." And now that he says he has changed his view of the bloodsport, people shouldn't glorify animal cruelty - "even in an Android app."
The app is created by Kage Games - and the Web site where the app can be downloaded stresses it is only a video game. Vick was once the NFL's highest-paid player but was arrested in 2007 and convicted on dogfighting charges. He served 18 months in federal prison, but has since returned to the league and was a star quarterback last year for the Philadelphia Eagles.
He has also teamed up with the Humane Society to speak out against dogfighting.