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Students protest dog killing in video game

                                Scene from “Call of Duty: World at War”

More than 100 students at a private school in Massachusetts have signed a petition protesting the killing of dogs in the video game Call of Duty: World at War.

Breanna Lucci, a 19-year-old student at the Academy of Notre Dame High School in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, was watching her older brother play the game when she saw him kill a dog.

“My little 12-pound Pomeranian, Winnie the Pooh, is sitting next to him, and I’m thinking, ‘This looks horrible!’” Lucci told the Lowell Sun.

Lucci’s fear that some people might be driven to kill dogs because of Call of Duty led her to start a petition protesting the acts portrayed in the game.

“Killing dogs as a form of entertainment … over and over again…That’s one of the objects of the game,” she said. “Parents need to know what they are buying their kids. Killing animals should not be a form of entertainment.”

Lucci, who is the president of the school’s animal rights club, has gotten more than 100 classmates to sign her petition. She hopes to eventually send it to the game’s maker, Activision-Blizzard.

Lucci’s has also won the support of school faculty, including the moderator of her club, Barbara Vitale, an English teacher who made a point of adding, “We don’t think killing people is a good idea either.”