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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  • kc2 - November 8, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    It's wring to stab a ray in the head, but y'know its completely fine stabbing a person in the neck.
  • Mezolitik - November 8, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    Roughly translated, 'we can't find anything worthwhile to complain about'. You can kill rats in almost every video game ever made.
  • Counternub - November 8, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    I bet they had a heart attack when they played Metal Gear Solid 3 then....
  • kc2 - November 8, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    *wrong *rat Gamesradar comments don't work on my iPhone.
  • BladedFalcon - November 8, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    *facepalms* Geezus, does those *sshats seriously have nothing better to do? At least i can take solace in the fact that no one will take this seriously... right?
  • IceBlueKirby - November 8, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    Who's going to go around knifing rats in the first place? And, more importantly, who gives a crap about rats?
  • gmcb2011 - November 8, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    It was a mandatory part of the campaign as you're crawling along somewhere. It was really nothing.
  • PandyBear - November 8, 2011 9:54 a.m.

    I'd imagine the vast amounts of German porn would have a more detrimental effect on young males then stabbing virtual ratties. But for those that actually go out and kill animals for sh*tz n giggles, i'd imagine are either a sammich short of a picnic, or incredibly bored.
  • Aerophobia - November 8, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    Well, looks like Oblivion is hosed.
  • assassin2k8 - November 8, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    lol are these people serious?
  • JugglerofGeese - November 8, 2011 10:02 a.m.

    I haven't laughed this hard since I heard about PETA boycotting Dreamworks SKG over the fishing boy in the logo.
  • Logic - November 8, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    I hadn't heard of that until now. Lol'd so hard.
  • Headstandz - November 8, 2011 10:02 a.m.

    "Inspiration behind these acts often came from movies and computer games.” Ever hear of a mouse trap? Also, WTF? The game is rated M for ADULTS blame parents.
  • christian-shaffer - November 8, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    It's a game PETA! STFU!
  • christian-shaffer - November 8, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    Inspiration for brutally killing small animals comes from having a psychotic mind frame. Video games and films won't create a need to do these things unless there is already a preconceived mindset.
  • TempariusMaximus - November 8, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    i mean really PETA, who bloody cares? As soon as animals even go near harms way they get on their soapbox and over exagerate everything no matter the situation.
  • FauxFurry - November 8, 2011 10:30 a.m.

    I'll say it again. One can kill virtual vermin in most every RPG ever made as well as the Metal Gear Solid series, but PETA only seems to get around to this now. Not only to they tend to pick the wrong battles at all of the wrong times, they do so exceedingly slow pace. I'm guessing that ReCaptcha is observing that PETA is a collective of "Dynamic heremit".
  • ncurry2 - November 8, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    This is what's wrong with the world today. Notice that they find nothing wrong with killing humans but when you stab a rat, that's crossing the line.
  • Balaska - November 8, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    I had completley forgotten the rat stabbing incident of BF3 until just now. I wonder what PETA would think about me feeding (dead) mice to my snakes? Or cat food made of real meat to my cats? Or cucumber to my fish... OH MY GOD WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CUCUMBERS!!!!!
  • TheMasterJeef - November 8, 2011 10:52 a.m.

    Bloody hell, I hope PETA don't find out I used to play WoW. I lost track of the number of boars, wolves, tigers, gorillas etc that I killed.

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