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Call of Duty’s Violence Against Dogs Sparks Student Protest

Written by PETA | March 23, 2009

Not since we were pitted against Nazi attack dogs when we first escaped from Castle Wolfenstein 17 years ago have we seen such barbaric treatment of dogs in video games as we did in Call of Duty, World at War. During the course of the game, you are forced to shoot attack dogs and you can actually unlock a “reward” that allows you to unleash a pack of attack dogs on enemies. In a post–Michael Vick world, you’d think that Activision Blizzard, which publishes the popular game, would take abusing dogs for entertainment purposes more seriously.

Fortunately, some students at a Massachusetts high school are not keeping quiet about their disgust with Activision. Breanna Lucci serves as president of the Animal Rights Club at the Academy of Notre Dame (NDA) in Tyngsborough. The following is from the Lowell Sun’s interview with her (via

“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.”

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“My little 12-pound Pomeranian, Winnie the Pooh, is sitting next to [Lucci’s brother as he plays the game], and I’m thinking, ‘This looks horrible!'” Lucci says.

Lucci then adds, “My brother is a sweetheart. He won’t be killing dogs after playing. But some people might.”

To help the folks at Activision Blizzard learn about the ethical treatment of animals (something we’re sorta experts on) we’re offering to let them take PETA’s “Developing Empathy for Animals” seminar free of charge, and we’re sending a package of dog-friendly Nintendogs games to their office.

With a little Nintendogs influence, perhaps the next Call of Duty game will have you unlock achievements for petting the dogs you encounter and going on walks or playing Frisbee with them.


Written by Joel Bartlett

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  • tikati says:


  • Travis says:

    I think of it in this form. If they were in german hands the attack dogs were being tortured and expiremented on by the Germans the Americans and Russians were putting them out of their misery in a quick shot to the head. and attack dogs are voluntarily fighting so they know the risk just as well as a soldier does.

  • Cory T says:

    Uhhh…What’s Peta doing about the REAL soldiers in Iraq who are blowing up REAL dogs for fun and giggles video taping it and putting it all over the net?

  • Jack says:

    It is rated M for a reason. I am tired of people who want to censor everything. Democrats want to censor everything and Republicans want to take our human rights away. We need to end this two party system.

  • steven says:

    …… does anyone else see a problem with the fact that they’re judging the whole killing animals concept in a WAR game where the main objective is to kill other PEOPLE? just sayin.

  • Zac says:

    PETA should be focusing on REAL animals and not the ones in video games.

  • cbrulz says:

    i laughed so hard at the nintendogs part and the petting walking and playing frisbee part but seriously this is just another excuse for rich snobby mommas kids to wine and complain more then usual no one would kill real dogs cause of cod waw

  • jonny says:

    DUDE I…LUV THIS GAME!!! i can never get the dogs though it so hard

  • CrystalMV says:

    Violence in video games is OK as real world violence is caused by people who have problems rather than video games. I have been playing violent video games since I was 6 years old and I decided to go vegan myself. Propaganda about video games causing violence must have been made up by meat eaters who did not want to admit meat industry caused violence and “found” another “reason”.

  • Don says:

    For those of you who say the use of dogs is historical I say yes there were dogs used in WWII but not to the extent that the game uses them. Think of another perk to give instead of the releasing of dogs more like charging rhinos. If dogs were used as much as much as they are in the game then for every troop ship sent to Europe or Japan you would have had to send a troop ship of dogs along with it.

  • Chris W says:

    I think that this situation is just a case of good intentions and bad actions. You say that it is bad for people to be killing dogs in video games? IN WW2 our soldiers actually did kill dogs that were trained to attack and kill them. No one yells at vetrans for killing dogs so why yell at people for “killing” dogs that dont even really exsist. Also you say that parents should not let their children play this game. You are abosolutley right. The ESRB or Electronics Software Ratings Board states clearly in several places on the box that the game is designed for people aged 17 and up. Any parent that chooses to ignore this warning and provide their child with material they are not mentally ready and capable to receive and understand deserves whatever consequences may come of it. so all in all I support PETA in their actions against cruelty to to animals but this is a little absurd.

  • Max says:

    I must say as horrible as it is that attack dogs exist in real life they fit in context with the CoD games. And Lucci is wrong. Shooting dogs is neither part of the entertainment or an objective. I can honestly understand… I can kind of understand where you’re coming from but what else can you do when the dog in question is a bloodthirsty German Shepard intent on making your throat it’s next meal? BTW “perhaps the next Call of Duty game will have you unlock achievements for petting the dogs you encounter and going on walks or playing Frisbee with them.” Would this be before or after the dog rips out your lungs?

  • Patrick says:

    Wow. What really gets me in a game where you kill hundreds and hundreds of simulated HUMANS people get offended when you have to kill a few simulated DOGS. I can understand animal cruelty is wrong but in this game it’s kill the dog or be killed just like real life. So if you want to complain about animal cruelty you should be screaming about all those hunting games out now and not a game like COD. Just my opinion.

  • Angelo Rivera says:

    the object of the game isnt soley based on killing the dogs that are attacking you the dogs are mere obstacles you must overcome to defeat the real opposing force the nazis or the opposing team. also the entire game isnt filled with dog killing antics only certain parts of the game have this. i have this game and i also own two german shepherds myself and i do not feel as though i am or would be offended in any way shape or form by the actions one commits in the game itself.

  • Leeroy Jenkins says:

    So if I were to kill an animal in a video game to lets say sustain my character for another day would that be ok? I mean really its a fake animal. If it makes you feel better then its just a collection of pixels that looks like an animal. I dont think that anyone in real life would feel sorry for killing an animal that was up until death trying to kill them. If you think about what the Germans were doing to the dogs at the time starving them for weeks and sometimes months you would feel no remorse for giving the critter a swift end rather than making it suffer the whips and clubs of the NAZIs. Protesting stuff is cool but a video game where you fire fake bullets at animals that aren’t really there? really guys.