This week, it was announced that Farming Simulator 17 would include pig farming, for the first time. Unsurprisingly, activist group PETA has something to say about that – but perhaps not in the way you might expect.
It seems the group is okay with virtual piggies being locked in pixel paddocks, but only if they’re also “killed by being hung upside down, stabbed, and dropped into scalding-hot water”.
PETA UK has sent a letter to Christian Ammann, managing director of developer GIANTS, requesting that if pig farming is to be included in the game, it be included in a realistic manner. That includes video footage of real-life abbatoirs.
PETA UK’s European Outreach Liaison Harriet Barclay writes:
Farming Simulator 17 should either show the nightmarish reality endured by pigs at the abattoir or change into Vegan Farming Simulator 17 and let players grow crops – to do anything else would be dishonest. We urge anyone who considers pig-slaughter footage too gruesome to include in a simulator game to rid their real-life plates of animal corpses and switch to cruelty-free vegan foods.
The letter goes on to explain that factory farms place mother pigs into tiny crates, forcibly impregnating them “over and over again”, with each litter taken away after just a few weeks. The abbatoir video footage PETA would like to see included in the game would also show pigs (which may or may not be stunned) hung upside down prior to being killed.
If you would like to read PETA UK’s letter to GIANTS Software Managing Director Christian Ammann, it’s been posted online. If you would like to know more about Farming Simulator 17, stay tuned to Player Attack!