PETA Speaks Out on Whaling in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

March 4, 2013 -

As it is wont to do sometimes People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is targeting another video game for its depiction of cruelty towards animals, though this time it was induced to do so by GamesBeat who asked the organization for its comment. While I can assure PETA that no animals were harmed in the making of this video game, the organization sometimes has trouble differentiating between what is real and what is not (video games, for example).

When asked by GamesBeat what it thought about whaling in the new Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag game from Ubisoft, PETA issued the following statement:

"Whaling—that is, shooting whales with harpoons and leaving them to struggle for an hour or more before they die or are hacked apart while they are still alive—may seem like something out of the history books, but this bloody industry still goes on today in the face of international condemnation, and it’s disgraceful for any game to glorify it. PETA encourages video game companies to create games that celebrate animals—not games that promote hurting and killing them."

According to this preview on MTV Multiplayer you will be able to harpoon animals when on your ship. We'll leave it to our readers to debates the merits (or lack thereof) of allowing such an activity in a video game.

Whaling has been banned since 1986.

Source: GamesBeat


Comments

Re: PETA Speaks Out on Whaling in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black ...

Digital whales. I REPEAT, THE WHALES ARE DIGITAL PETA!!! no

Re: PETA Speaks Out on Whaling in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black ...

Can't wait for their heads to explode when the next GTA has a dog in it.

Re: PETA Speaks Out on Whaling in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black ...

Why, because you don't get to murder it 90% of the time?

Re: PETA Speaks Out on Whaling in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black ...

It's pixels on a goddamned screen PETA...Wouldn't you rather have people killing whales in a fantasy land rather than in real life?

I mean damn, just because I would go around throwing turtles in Crysis doesn't mean I would go around throwing turtles in real life. Catch my drift PETA?

In all honestly, PETA has done this so many times now that their credibility has to be rock bottom by now..

Re: PETA Speaks Out on Whaling in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black ...

Yea, I bet none of their lackeys realized that Skyrim actually tracks how many bunnies you kill.  That's kind of insensitive, especially since they are among a short list of animals that won't attack you.  What I've done on the screen does not equal what I do in life.

Re: PETA Speaks Out on Whaling in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black ...

They didn't raise a stink about Dishonored, but they will for Assassin's Creed?

Re: PETA Speaks Out on Whaling in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black ...

Let's promote charities that celebrate animals, and not ones that promote hurting and killing them.

Coincidentally, PETA's "rescue" program has a higher kill rate than any municipal animal control shelter. Even in counties where pit bulls are destroyed on arrival and any animal that fails the brief aggression test is destroyed, they rarely hit 80%, but PETA rarely drops below 90%, and is often over 95%.

Re: PETA Speaks Out on Whaling in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black ...

"...promote hurting and killing them"?  How many people are going to play AC4 and decide to take up a life of whaling?  Or just harpoon a whale on their next cruise?  My guess is, not many.  Not many at all.  Even if I bought the bullshit "playing games about x encourages people to go out and do x" argument, I think in this case the activity being "encouraged" is just not the kind of thing one decides to go off and do at the drop of a hat.

Re: PETA Speaks Out on Whaling in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black ...

PETA: I'm reasonably certain you are not the only organization that got a hands-on preview of this game and are in a position to admonish it for the way it portrays harpooning.

GamesBeat: Don't feed the PETA.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: PETA Speaks Out on Whaling in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black ...

I think their comment is not as inflammatory as they are typically. They could have said something even more insane. 

Re: PETA Speaks Out on Whaling in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black ...

In all fairness, this is the same PETA that assailed Electronic Arts for the killing of a singular rat in Battlefield 3 with a knife...

...a rat that was constantly assailing you and biting at your hand while you're trying to hide from the literal hundreds of hostile enemy soldiers within the proximity of your present position.

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Papa Midnight

 
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