PETA objects to rat cruelty in Battlefield 3

Further reinforcing the theory that PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – cares less about people than it does for creatures many of us consider “pests”, the German branch of the group has taken offence to Battlefield 3.

Battlefield 3 Soldier

This man is walking home to his kitten.

While the entire game dedicates a considerable amount of time to taking out Bad Guys, there’s one relatively minor scene that seems to have ignited the protest. The single-player campaign includes a sequence where the gamer can stab a rat with a knife (to put that into a little more context, the rat is biting the character at the time).

Apparently, that’s enough. PETA has explained in a German press release:

“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.”

Won’t somebody think of the children? According to the statement, there have been “repeated cases” of animal cruelty in Germany – young people torturing and killing animals.

Inspiration behind these acts often came from movies and computer games.

According to PETA, content like this rat has a “brutalising effect on the young male target audience” – and, it seems that this is worse for humanity than the featured knife and gun-related violence, weapons of mass destruction and the occasional grenade.

At this stage, developer DICE and publisher EA have not made any public statement about the accusations, and it is not known if any action will be taken.


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