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Dog Wars: PETA unleashes app of its own

Fighting app with app, PETA released its own iPhone application yesterday that allows its users to monitor, mobilize and take action against those who exploit, abuse and mistreat animals.

The app was released in response to Google’s Android app “Dog Wars,” which PETA says promotes illegal dogfighting by allowing users to participate in “a digital version of the cruel blood ‘sport.'”

PETA’s new app, available for free, is aimed at “mobilizing anyone who values compassion over cruelty to speak up not only for dogs who are maimed and killed in staged fights but also for animals who are abused on factory farms, in laboratories, and in circuses.”

PETA sugggests subscribers start putting it to use by urging Google to pull “Dog Wars” from the Android Marketplace.

“Dog Wars promotes felony cruelty to animals, plain and simple,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s new app allows iPhone users to employ consumer pressure to prevent dogs from being torn to shreds in dogfights and to nip other violent acts of abuse against animals in the bud.”

Users can participate in “action alerts” against specific products that cause animals to suffer as well as donate to PETA’s causes, all while earning points and badges. The more actions that users take, the higher their PETA rank will rise. Every alert is worth 10 points, and 10 additional points can be earned if the alert is shared on Facebook or Twitter.


Comment from Foley Monster and Pocket
Time April 28, 2011 at 9:35 am

I put this on my Facebook page for my friends fighting against the dog fighting app.

Comment from Elizabeth
Time April 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm

7 Things You Didn’t Know About PETA

1) According to government documents, PETA employees have killed more than 19,200 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens since 1998. This behavior continues despite PETA’s moralizing about the “unethical” treatment of animals by farmers, scientists, restaurant owners, circuses, hunters, fishermen, zookeepers, and countless other Americans. PETA puts to death over 90 percent of the animals it accepts from members of the public who expect the group to make a reasonable attempt to find them adoptive homes. PETA holds absolutely no open-adoption shelter hours at its Norfolk, VA headquarters, choosing instead to spend part of its $32 million annual income on a contract with a crematory service to periodically empty hundreds of animal bodies from its large walk-in freezer.

2) PETA president and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk has described her group’s overall goal as “total animal liberation.” This means the complete abolition of meat, milk, cheese, eggs, honey, zoos, aquariums, circuses, wool, leather, fur, silk, hunting, fishing, and pet ownership. In a 2003 profile of Newkirk in The New Yorker, author Michael Specter wrote that Newkirk has had at least one seeing-eye dog taken away from its blind owner. PETA is also against all medical research that requires the use of animals, including research aimed at curing AIDS and cancer.

3) PETA has given tens of thousands of dollars to convicted arsonists and other violent criminals. This includes a 2001 donation of $1,500 to the North American Earth Liberation Front (ELF), an FBI-certified “domestic terrorist” group responsible for dozens of firebombs and death threats. During the 1990s, PETA paid $70,200 to Rodney Coronado, an Animal Liberation Front (ALF) serial arsonist convicted of burning down a Michigan State University research laboratory. In his sentencing memorandum, a federal prosecutor implicated PETA president Ingrid Newkirk in that crime. PETA vegetarian campaign coordinator Bruce Friedrich has also told an animal rights convention that “blowing stuff up and smashing windows” is “a great way to bring about animal liberation,” adding, “Hallelujah to the people who are willing to do it.”

4) PETA activists regularly target children as young as six years old with anti-meat and anti-milk propaganda, even waiting outside their schools to intercept them without notifying their parents. One piece of kid-targeted PETA literature tells small children: “Your Mommy Kills Animals!” PETA brags that its messages reach over 1.2 million minor children, including 30,000 kids between the ages of 6 and 12, all contacted by e-mail without parental supervision. One PETA vice president told the Fox News Channel’s audience: “Our campaigns are always geared towards children, and they always will be.”

5) PETA’s president has said that “even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we would be against it.” And PETA has repeatedly attacked research foundations like the March of Dimes, the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the American Cancer Society, solely because they support animal-based research aimed at curing life-threatening diseases and birth defects. And PETA helped to start and manage a quasi-medical front group, the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, to attack medical research head-on.

6) PETA has compared Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust to farm animals and Jesus Christ to pigs. PETA’s religious campaigns include a website that claims—despite ample evidence to the contrary—that Jesus Christ was a vegetarian. PETA holds protests at houses of worship, even suing one church that tried to protect its members from Sunday-morning harassment. Its billboards taunt Christians with the message that hogs “died for their sins.” PETA insists, contrary to centuries of rabbinical teaching, that the Jewish ritual of kosher slaughter shouldn’t be allowed. And its infamous “Holocaust on Your Plate” campaign crassly compared the Jewish victims of Nazi genocide to farm animals.

7) PETA frequently looks the other way when its celebrity spokespersons don’t practice what it preaches. As gossip bloggers and Hollywood journalists have noted, Pamela Anderson’s Dodge Viper (auctioned to benefit PETA) had a “luxurious leather interior”; Jenna Jameson was photographed fishing, slurping oysters, and wearing a leather jacket just weeks after launching an anti-leather campaign for PETA; Morrissey got an official “okay” from PETA after eating at a steakhouse; Dita von Teese has written about her love of furs and foie gras; Steve-O built a career out of abusing small animals on film; the officially “anti-fur” Eva Mendes often wears fur anyway; and Charlize Theron’s celebrated October 2007 Vogue cover shoot featured several suede garments. In 2008, “Baby Phat” designer Kimora Lee Simmons became a PETA spokesmodel despite working with fur and leather, after making a $20,000 donation to the animal rights group.


Comment from Bobbi
Time April 28, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Gee, Elizabeth, I wonder where these old charges come from? Let me share: they’re BS promoted by the animal use/abuse groups that PETA fights, like vivisectors, circuses, breeders, puppy mills, factory farms, etc. I’m sure you can find a list of so-called truths about anything and anyone you want to smear.

Comment from Larry
Time April 28, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Check out this funny video on PETA: http://meat.org

Comment from Kiff
Time April 28, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Actually, Bobbi, all of the above facts about PETA are well-documented. This isn’t factory-farm propaganda. Many of these statements were made directly to journalists by PETA’s leaders, and PETA’s beliefs are laid out pretty clearly on their own website.

I’m the vice-president of a strictly no-kill animal rescue organization, and I stopped donating to PETA years ago. They are frankly insane.

I used to support them when they kept themselves to campaigning against fur farms, but they’ve crossed the line with their strident, preachy “go vegan” stuff, “animal liberation” propaganda, and open support for domestic terrorism.

My personal beef with PETA is their opposition to caring for feral cats and trap-neuter-return as a method of feral management. They believe that feral cats should be euthanized, a strategy which has been long proven ineffective and cruel. Trap-neuter-return and proper colony management is the ONLY approach to controlling feral cat populations that actually works, and we have data to prove it.

A rather mixed message, I’d say. We want to “liberate” animals and ban pet ownership (a PUBLICLY STATED goal of PETA’s leadership), but we want those “liberated” (i.e. abandoned) pets to be rounded up and killed. Anyone see a disconnect here?

Like I said, these people are irrational. They’re nuts. Veganism is great, a wonderful goal, but this lifestyle choice will never, EVER be adopted by more than a small minority of the human race. Sorry.

People in positions like mine often religiously avoid the term “animal rights” to describe our work. We call it “animal welfare”, specifically to avoid being pigeonholed with lunatics like PETA.

Comment from smoketoomuch
Time April 29, 2011 at 8:28 am

@kiff: Well said. Thanks! (And I couldn’t agree more.)

Comment from AlleyCatALF
Time May 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm

?Hmmmm… sounds to me there’s a hell of allot of hypocrisy going on when people start talking about being for “AR &/or Animal Welfare” yet call others insane or nuts for being Vegan. Let’s see who’s the one saving animals then turning around and eating them?!?! <— Now that's what I call NUTS. Peoples ignorance never ceases to amaze me, wow.