Students Protest Call Of Duty Dog Killing

Students at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, are up in arms over Activision's Call of Duty: World at War for promoting the killing of deadly attack dogs.

Breanna Lucci, the 19-year-old president of the private high school's Animal Rights Club started a petition against seeing her brother shooting at dogs in the game. So far more than 100 of Lucci's classmates have signed the petition, which she hopes to forward to Activision, who will do absolutely nothing about it.

"Killing dogs as a form of entertainment ... over and over again. That's one of the objects of the game," says Lucci, 19, a senior at NDA. "Parents need to know what they are buying their kids. Killing animals should not be a form of entertainment."

One of the objects in the game? I suppose she could mean objectives, and she'd still be wrong. Killing the dogs is but one aspect of a much larger objective: staying alive.

See, running down the street shooting dogs willy-nilly is bad. You don't pump them full of bullets for rolling over and wagging their tails. You give them hugs, and call them Mr. Snugglewuffkins, despite what their actual names might be. I think we can all get behind this idea.

Dogs trained to tear out your throat, on the other hand, you shoot. You shoot them quickly, and should they roll over on their backs and wag their little stumpy tails, you shoot them more, because that's a trap. They don't want belly rubs; they want to taste your innards.

Call me a monster or an extremist, but I think it's perfectly fine to teach our children to defend themselves from wild animals that want to eat them.

I think the best part of the original story is the lede:

Breanna Lucci knows her two Pomeranians — Fluffy and Winnie the Pooh — would not last two seconds in "Call of Duty: World at War," the immensely popular video game in which the animated gore piles high.

No, her two dogs wouldn't survive two seconds. They'd be ripped apart by the virtual dogs she is trying to defend, possibly because they're named "Fluffy" and "Winnie the Pooh".

Incidentally, I think the Germans would have been a lot less sinister had they deployed squads of attack Pomeranians. "Kleine Hunde angreifen!"

NDA students protest video game's depiction of cruelty to animals [Lowell Sun via Game Politics]


Comments

    Kill 'em in a game. . . or kill 'em in real life. ummmhmmmmm

    /slingblade voice

    Wow! Really, this is extremely unnecessary. They complain about killings of dogs? They are more concerned of killings of dogs than human beings? This is utterly stupid petition and it will go nowhere.

    What a tool this Lucci is. Just because I knife Nazi Dogs in a game doesn't mean I'm more inclined to knife a real dog.

    But if its a Nazi dog in real life you better believe I'm going to knife the shit out of it before it has my balls on a platter.

    I think they are a bit extreme about it, but I felt bad about killing dogs in Call of Duty 4, I know they were trying to kill me but I still felt really bad about it. But it certainly didn't stop me from playing it.

    Getting sick of violent games getting a bad rap.... Its a game about war. War people! If your at war with an attack dog bearing down on you about to take a chunk of flesh YOU KILL IT! its war. Its not "dog killer 5000: the game where you kill bingo". Its War. A war narrative and in war, sometimes they use attack dogs and you betcha a soldier would shoot a dog that's about to eat him... In a movie, such a thing would be ok right? Because its a movie and people go "well, they are telling a story about war". Guess what? Medal of Honour is telling a story too

      Exactafuckenlutely.

    I can't belive that they're complaining about killing dogs bred to kill and they're not complaining about killing human beings. Attacking a dog with a playstation controller is very different to attacking one with a knife (and if a dog was going to break your neck in real life your not going to let it do so). I fail to understand people donating money and time to helping animals when there are human beings dying daily (from things like starvation and disease) in the real world. And if these animal rights 'activists' don't like what they see, don't watch the game!

    Hilarious. Some people will protest *anything*.

    Saying that, did this story make anyone nostalgic for when we used to stab the pixellated Nazi attack dogs in Wolfenstein?

    i can't even begin a sentence to describe how dumb that person is. oh there i just did.

    That's quite hilarious, cause I'm sure those same students will be the first to be up in arms when an attack dog mauls and kills an infant, saying that it should be killed... Do you hear that students? that's the sound of the very basic of all natures laws; its a dog eat dog world, if you see a dog running towards you with foam in its mouth and snarling, your not going to stop to wonder what PETA will think if you don't let it bite you...

    Other then that... It's a game... Get over yourselves... Blaming video games for violence is like blaming pencils for misspelled words...

    Killing dogs, trying to kill you, and your team mates?

    How is that a form of entertainment, I call it team work. I expect a bear to eat the face of the 19yo protester, and see how he feels about attacking that animal..

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