…Because of course they do. “The Onion”-esque animal activists group, People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA), has once again declared another video game has committed sin. Their German branch has released the following statement about Far Cry 5 (from Google translate):
“PETA now appeals to the German representation of the game developer, the Ubisoft GmbH in Dusseldorf, in the future no longer to market video games in Germany, glorifying and banalizing the hunting and killing of fish or other animals. The animal rights organization proposes instead to develop games with free-living animals that do not glorify killing as a pastime.”
Now, PETA has dabbled in calling out video games in the past: Warhammer was ‘under the gun’ for use of fur (when there’s no actual fur that takes place in the game), in addition to other Ubisoft games. Assassins’ Creed: Black Flag was hunted by PETA for its depictions of whaling, as well as hunting in general. To add to the ever-growing list of games they hate; Call Of Duty: World At War (Dogs), Pokemon (‘animals’ used for human entertainment) and the classic Super Mario for stomping innocent turtles.
The PETA statement continued:
“Tanja Breining, marine biologist and specialist for fish and marine animals at PETA. “Today we know that a fish is somebody, not something, and it is an indictment to promote fishing. Fish are curious vertebrates with individual personalities. “
With Far Cry 5 being the fastest selling title in the franchise, I think players aren’t too worried about putting fish through “agonizing death struggle before being killed or often cut alive.” (direct quote from PETA). At least, I don’t recall personalities from any fishing I’ve done, in Far Cry 5 or real life. If need be, perhaps distract yourself from feeling bad with our top tips for Far Cry 5.
What about you geeks? Do you sometimes think about all the animals you’ve hunted in games and pontificate about their agony and individual personalities? Please sound off in the comments!