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)