Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

May 7, 2010 -

Responding to PETA’s disdain over the use of Pit Bulls as a “fully fledged combat item class” in its Mafia Wars social game, developer Zynga has responded and removed the dog as a fighting tool.

PETA noted that “Countless social gamers stopped plowing their FarmVille fields long enough to voice their objections to Zynga about the game's negative depiction of this most used-and-abused breed, and the company quickly responded in just the right way.”

"Mafia Wars is obviously only a game, but the suffering endured by thousands of pit bulls who are treated as if they were nothing more than burglar alarms or fighting machines is very real," stated PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "By removing Mafia Wars' virtual pit bull, Zynga is no longer perpetuating the mindset that it's acceptable to chain, neglect, and abuse real dogs."


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Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

Boo.  Way to go, Zynga.  Now you've encouraged PETA to go bitch about even more pointless things.

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

PETA, get a grip on reality please.

I really care about animal rights, yet i disagree with 99% of the things you do.

You continually output such mind-bending stupidity that you tar anyone else supporting animal rights with the crazy sign by association. You do far more to harm animals than prevent it because of this.

For the sake of animals everywhere, please STFU

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

PETA noted that “Countless social gamers stopped plowing their FarmVille fields long enough to voice their objections to Zynga about the game's negative depiction of this most used-and-abused breed, and the company quickly responded in just the right way.”

"However, the right way would be to snuff the life right out of them like we have done to countless cats and dogs we have killed in North Carolina, instead of trying to find them homes like the ASPCA does. Snuff them all out and only then will you earn PETA's true gratude."

 

 -- There, fixed it for them. I'm sure PETA doesn't really give a flip about Pit Bulls in some stupid game.

 - W

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Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

This makes me respect Zygna even less, something I hadn't thought possible. I hope they DIAF.

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

I find it facinating that PETA complained about the pit bull GUARD DOG, but not the COCKFIGHTING RING you can find in Bangkok.

What a bunch of morons.

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

I don't. It's for the same reason why only Rapelay gets the coverage, why everyone talks about GTA all the time, why one of two 'ultraviolent' games, that always get mentioned anytime someone talks about video game violence in Germany, is a toned down yellow-blood version of Counterstrike and why the other game is Warcraft 3.
Politicians, media and organizations like PETA don't complain about what actually is there, they complain about things they have heard of.

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

While I don't want to see a PETA person attacked, I wonder what one would do if they were attacked by a dog, cat, ferret, or an elephant? If they defend themselves they're hypocrates (ha), if they don't then they're true animal lovers.

"I'd far rather be happy than right any day."

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

With all Zynga's incredibly scummy business practices, it's not like I needed another reason to look down on them but wouldn't you know, there it is.  PETA is a terrorist organisation that oozes hypocrisy from every pore.  Zynga should have laughed in their face, not caved.  But given that their CEO is in record saying he'll do anything to get more traffic, I imagine it was thought they'd lose more subscribers if they gave in, principals beyond money be damned.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Parallax Abstraction
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

 Several comments here really highlight that PETA probably does more damage to animal rights then help... even if it is just in rant, people want to spite PETA and do the things that PETA protests...

Though what annoys me about PETA this time is that they are taking credit for unrelated drops in usership.  I am sure plenty of PETA members were stallions in bed last night as they surged with their own perceived power and self importantance....

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

Great, Zynga caved, now PETA is likely eyeing up their other games to see how many they can force changes and removals on. Petville is likely next, or probably Fishville or Farmville. Maybe Cafe World too since in that you can cook meat.

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

PETA honestly makes me want to eat new born kittens right in front of those douchebags they are the biggest waste of space ever

 

 

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Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

you mean landfish?

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

I wasnt going to buy this game anyway all the more reason not to now

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

Considering you don't "buy" this game, your decision is pointless.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
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Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

Haha, way to deflate him.

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

PETA has killed more dogs than Michael Vick.

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

As an advicate of animal rights, and someone who vouches against the exaggerated and unfair portrayal of pit bulls, I have to say this decision was BS. First and foremost as was already mentioned by several people. of all the crimes portrayed in this game, this is viewed as the most offensive? Gimme a break. I defend this material the same way I defend Rapeplay when that was a hot topic. You cannot condemn this one act and say everything else is acceptable. To condemn Rapeplay and yet support ultra violnet games with tons of killing is hypocritical. This is the same thing with the pit bulls in this game except that for the many illegal acts shown in this game, having trained pit bulls is kinda the bottom of the barrel. Second and foremost as someone else brought up about PETA whining about this game and when it comes to dog figting in the real world, they are not nearly as outspoken. And as for Zynga giving in shame on them. Giving in to these kind of demands only sparks an endless chain reaction.

"With free speech either all of it is ok or none of it is." Kyle Broflovski

"With free speech either all of it is ok or none of it is." Kyle Broflovski

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

Ooo, but here's the real gold- every other animal in the game is still in there. Also, it's important to note that the pitbulls in the game weren't for pitbull fighting- they were there for robbing defense, to prevent someone from stealing your stash.

So, that just leaves the Siberian Tiger, Hyena, Irish Wolfhound and anything else that could be used in a real mafia (think about that, then laugh).

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

But they will continue to perpetuate the mindset that mugging women, killing rivals, selling drugs, torching businesses, and so forth, are fun and cool.  Because fictional crimes against humans are fine, just as long as you don't hurt a fictional dog in the process.

Fuck you, PETA, for your extremist and narrowminded ways.  And fuck you, Zynga, for caving in to such bullshit.  What's next?  Is PETA going to convince you that keeping fictional chickens and cows in coops and dairy barns all day is cruel?

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

Seriously, **** you PETA and **** you Zynga for listening to those idiots.

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

If this were my game,  Iwould have replaced all weapons, armor and vehicles with pit bulls.

Yes I hate PETA that much.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

Go for it. Talk with these guys

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

Well, PETA actually did something. Ugh. The virtual pitbull never gave such a mindset. Are they really so paranoid and jumpy that such a thing would affect real pitbulls?

 

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

OH COME ON!

Out of all the things that PETA could bitch about in Mafia Wars- organized crime, robbery, murder, assassination, blackmail, forgery, arson, grand larceny, propogating turf wars, kidnapping, running fixed casinos, drug smuggling, bootlegging and causing property damage-

THIS IS WHAT THEY WHINED ABOUT?!

"By removing Mafia Wars' virtual pit bull, Zynga is no longer perpetuating the mindset that it's acceptable to chain, neglect, and abuse real dogs."


Ain't that goddamn dandy- so, what- it's "acceptable" for every other crime to exist in that game as long as the poor virtual puppies are spared?

Re: Zynga Listens to PETA, Removes Pit Bulls from Mafia Wars

Of course not, they couldn't care less what happens to the humans, but heaven forbid, vurtial animals, especally on a Facebook game.

Worst part is is that there are still other animals in the game, but PETA, being the incomptant boobs they are just ignored them.

 
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