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PETA Takes A Stab At Battlefield 3

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a statement in Germany this week, damning Battlefield 3 for its portrayal of “animal cruelty.” PETA is referring of course to the singleplayer mission in which the player stabs a rat, and tosses it away. PETA went on to say that even by stabbing a virtual rat in-game, it reflects poorly to the young people playing, and could in turn inspire them to commit their own acts of animal cruelty.

“The realistic computer game “Battlefield 3″ treats animals in a sadistic manner. The game gives players the option to kill a rat with a combat knife in the back in order to then lift it by its tail, then toss it away. Killing virtual animals can have a brutalizing effect on the young male target audience. There have been repeated cases of animal cruelty in Germany, where young people kill animals. Inspiration behind these acts often came from movies and computer games.”

Oh PETA, only you.

PETA’s full statement can be found here. (In German)

Source: bf3blog.com

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  • Kung-Fu-Kai

    Wow, that’s just sad. Its in a video game for goodness sake! Its not real.

    Geez, I like animal rights and all, but PETA these days would just find the stupidest things to complain about these days. 

  • But the man he stabs right the throat later on while looking into his eyes, is perfectly OK.

    Also I thought those PETA people were happy that there were no real animals used in the remake of the Planet of the Apes.  They should be happy it was a CGI rat.
    http://www.peta.org/features/rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes.aspx

    Now if a real rat was killed in the game, I would be on their side.  Killing an innocent rat for video game entertainment is wrong, and I would have supported that.

  • Stewart Loosemore

    sorry duplicate post

  • Stewart Loosemore

    Does anyone take PETA seriously anymore? Between their offensive campaigns for holocaust on your plate(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_rights_and_the_Holocaust#PETA_and_the_use_of_Holocaust_imagery) and feeding meat to children is child abuse ( http://www.peta.org.uk/features/feeding-kids-meat-child-abuse/) to the more absurd rebranding of fish to sea kittens(http://features.peta.org/PETASeaKittens/) any credibility that they had is long gone.
     
    Obviously I’m not saying that animal abuse is okay, but whenever I see PETA involved in anything I tend to roll my eyes in disgust. What I have posted here is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to PETA as well, I recommend everyone to watch Penn & Tellers Bullshit Episode on them while it can’t be deemed a fair and balanced debate on PETA it does highlight some interesting points like PETA a large proportion of animals that they “save”

    I did try to set up hyperlinks there but it didn’t work. Also as Michael mentioned IF there was any truth to video games influencing behaviour wouldn’t the bigger problem be the kids who were inspired to pick up a gun or a knife and kill a human being? After all you do that far more frequently which logic would dictate would have a bigger influence than a single scene where you can kill a single rat.

  • Dylan_boudreaux

    Umm… The game is rated M for MATURE. it’s obviously not intended for audiances younger than age 17. PETA is just trying to get money.

    • Dylan_Boudreaux

      Audience

  • Anonymous

    I agree with all the comments on this thread. PETA has done some silly things before in the past, but they completely silence their own argument when they complain about dumb things like this.

  • domlover69

    I would think that given the option to kill the rat and throw it away would be enough to pacify them instead of an obligation to do so. Especially given the obligation to kill people in order to make the game go anywhere at all.

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