PETA targets Battlefield 3 for cruelty against rats

A German branch of PETA, the worldwide animal rights organization that apparently uses Minority Report-esque technology to predict and fight future animal crimes, is taking Battlefield 3 to task over its murderous treatment of virtual rats; a treatment, it says, that will motivate young men to practice their rat-killing impulses on real life victims.

“The realistic computer game 'Battlefield 3' treats animals in a sadistic manner,” reads part of PETA translated statement. “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.”

There is some merit to the argument that fictitious violence—be it in TV, movies, video games, or 1940s radio plays--begets real life violence in a tiny sub-section of unbalanced players. Still, to say BF3 should be called out for its rat killing is like saying Grand Theft Auto IV should be flogged for its depiction of crimes against mail boxes; that is, there are bigger fish to be let free to swim forever in blissful harmony with nature.

The last time PETA took aim at video games was with the launch of its Super Meat Boy mock game, Super Tofu Boy. Perhaps this means we'll soon be playing Rattlefield 3?

Source: Battlefield 3 Blog


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  • Megraptor - February 20, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    They're like Jack Thompson, but even more crazy. I didn't think that was possible...
  • mike-ellington - January 20, 2012 9:06 p.m.

    So, they were fine in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series to snap German Shepherd dogs necks but yet they complain over a F-ing rat?? peta is probably the stupidest organization ever besides occupy!!
  • talleyXIV - November 17, 2011 2:21 p.m.

    PETA please just stop. Animals have been around for hundreds of thousands of years. Very few of them have gone extinct. If I do the math here correctly maybe they will see. 500,000 rats - 50 virtual rats = 500,000 rats. Isn't that right? Someone check my math.
  • LTS - November 10, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    Did they not have a problem with being able to microwave-explode rats in Duke Nukem Forever????
  • hungryhippo - November 9, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    isn't there bigger issues to tackle than just this rat that everybody killed for being pesky in-game... farm factories, unethical ways of harvesting eggs, unethical ways of fishing, unethical ways of farming fishes... lots of big issues and they go for this rat in-game that only exist virtually...
  • pr0tostar - November 9, 2011 2:56 a.m.

    *MW2 rather, I'm not big on the COD scene.
  • pr0tostar - November 9, 2011 2:55 a.m.

    So this gets PETA attention, but they had nothing to say about COD2's chickens easter egg? Rodent bias I say!
  • tacoman38 - November 9, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    or Black Ops monkey killing achievement?
  • MasterSplinter - November 9, 2011 1:59 a.m.

    There will be repercussions for these disgusting acts of violence that have been carried out on my brothers. Would you laugh if it were your family? NO!!!! This is not a laughing matter, we will rise and prevail. You humans are the real disease there weren't enough of you killed in BF3. WE will rise and totally piss on your food and stuff and whenever your back is turned i'll be sh1tting in some corner and ripping open food packaging and spitting on your food. PETA/TMNT 4EVA, Splinter out.
  • BobLoblaw - November 8, 2011 10:30 p.m.

    Completely accurate. Since I severed my rat-killing virginity in BF3, my rat-killing bloodlust has been unquenchable.
  • birdro - November 8, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    Sour taste being reminded of that tofu boy joke they put out. I mean they were serious about it, but... jokes. Not to mention the twitter response and unlockable tofu boy who couldn't complete the first level in the pc meat boy were much stronger comebacks.
  • CanadianBeaverHunter - November 8, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    I never beat Battlefield 3 because I refused to kill that rat. It's one thing to kill humans in that game, but I drew the line at the rat. I'm with Peta on this one.
  • AxiamWolfe - November 8, 2011 3:39 p.m.

    There ain't really any "option" at all. Rat lives, you die and have to do the QTE all over again. Also, GTA IV ENCOURAGES the player to kill a hundred pigeons. No problem with that?
  • HamsterGutz - November 8, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    But they don't have a problem with the actual point of the game, which is to kill PEOPLE?
  • NullG7 - November 8, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    Story of how I got my real leather coat. A member of PETA threw blood at me while I was wearing a fake leather coat, so I beat him up took some of his money and bought a real leather coat. Dont screw with gamers PETA.
  • lemur - November 8, 2011 2:56 p.m.

    bean playing shooters for more than 10 years. I still haven't killed or abused a person or animal. Now that PETA knows this they can all give up on this nonsense. codystovall: I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home ha, great referance
  • winner2 - November 8, 2011 2:54 p.m.

  • Voltanis - November 8, 2011 2:13 p.m.

    Isn't this the same PETA that praised Fable II, a game where you can kick your pet dog, for its humane treatment of animals?
  • ObliqueZombie - November 8, 2011 2:02 p.m.

    PETA, yet again, showing how little they know about the human mind and video games.
  • therawski - November 8, 2011 2 p.m.

    Wow, they realize that they a)are not real rats and b) carry infection that could harm children. Opps I forgot that the head of PETA had herself sterilized, so I guess she'll never know what that means.

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