If you’ve played Call of Duty: World at War, you know how nasty those enemy attack dogs can be: They’re fast, vicious and frightening (see video at left).
But a group of students at a Massachusetts high school are upset about the need to shoot dogs in CoD:WaW. They’re taking their protest to Activision Blizzard, which publishes the best-selling game.
Breanna Lucci, who serves as president of the Animal Rights Club at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, said:
Killing dogs as a form of entertainment … over and over again. That’s one of the objects of the game. Parents need to know what they are buying their kids. Killing animals should not be a form of entertainment…
My little 12-pound Pomeranian, Winnie the Pooh, is sitting next to [my brother, who is playing CoD:WaW], and I’m thinking, ‘This looks horrible!’ My brother is a sweetheart. He won’t be killing dogs after playing. But some people might.
Jen Dupras of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals supports the students’ efforts:
I feel like these video games are dangerous for a lot of reasons. We can all rationalize and say it’s just pretend. Even so, why pretend shooting people and dogs? They really desensitize kids and adults to what that violence signifies.
Via: Lowell Sun