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On November 7th, 2011 in News

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The animal rights movement, represented by PETA, have issued a press release in Germany criticizing Battlefield 3 over “animal cruelty”. Specifically, PETA points out a singleplayer mission (mission 3) in Battlefield 3 where the player has to stab a rat, and toss it away.

PETA states that the killing of even a virtual animal could inspire young people to do such acts in real life. According to PETA, recent animal cruelty cases in Germany, where youngsters engaged in animal cruelty, were inspired by video games and movies. As PETA puts it in the press release:

The realistic computer game “Battlefield 3″ treats animals in a sadistic manner. 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.

You can find the full PETA statement, in German, here.

For more information on PETA, see this wonderful documentary by Penn & Teller.



256 COMMENTS & TRACKBACKS

  1. Evil Ed
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    PETA needs to get a grip and report on actual animal cruelty. This worlds gets bloody dumber by the day… Morons.

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    • Ha
      November 7th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      PETA = People Eating Tasty Animals

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      • Trollzor
        November 8th, 2011 at 12:04 am

        Wow . . . this is a virtual game . . . its not like we kill animals for fun. It was the rats fault too! it wouldn’t stop annoying me!

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      • Goalieguy
        November 8th, 2011 at 12:41 am

        i like cats, i just cant eat a whole one by myself :)

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    • xbox gamer
      November 7th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      Agreed. Last time I checked, Rats were classified as disease carrying vermin. Responsible for transmitting the disease that wiped out half the population of Europe during the middle ages. Besides. Can’t they just shut up and leave my Hamburger alone?

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    • Nicklas
      November 7th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      It just proves how realistic Battlefield 3 is..

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    • TruthSlayer
      November 7th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

      Dear PETA,

      Thank you for the free publicity for our Battlefield 3 video game, in stores now.

      Have a very pleasant and enriching evening,
      Electronic Arts

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    • Ha
      November 8th, 2011 at 12:18 am

      Also like how you kill other people, kill a rat, and proceed to kill more people, and PETA gets pissed off about the rat lol.

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    • Sionn
      November 8th, 2011 at 12:44 am

      I guess the reason P.E.T.A are whining is that they got banned from the servers for teamkilling to save the rats

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    • ThatGuy OverThere
      November 8th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      But hey PETA, lets not mention the fact that in COD:BO I shot multiple attack dogs.

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      • NickM357
        November 9th, 2011 at 4:30 am

        Or the fact that you did the same in World at War, and in MW2 you SNAP THE FREAKING DOG’S NECK

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  2. C0LDKILL
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    PETA are just a bunch of fuckin idiots.

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    • Hired_Mark
      November 7th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      HAHAHAHAHA I couldn’t agree more. What about the attack dogs in CoD? The poor dolphins that are forced to kill people with the speakers strapped onto them and the poor giant squid having only a diet of ships in C&C?

      Whilst I see animal charities as a waste overall, since animal cruelty is generally derived from the treatment people undergo. I am now even more convinced they waste the money they receive.

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      • Volkovoy
        November 7th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

        I couldn’t agree with you more. You probably got the one thumbs down because you included “CoD” in your post.

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      • codumus
        November 7th, 2011 at 11:49 pm

        MW3 has dogs with explosives strapped to them. and yet they criticize bf3 for killing a rat. -_-

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        • Fumbledew
          November 8th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

          Thats because CoD isn’t considered a “Realistic Shooter” lol

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        • NoFreakinIdea
          November 8th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

          That’S exactly what I was thinking haha! MW3 with its explosive dogs! xD
          Imagine 12 year old kids putting homemade explosives on their puppies lol

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    • C0LDKILL
      November 7th, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      I forgot to mention that I sell rat poison at work everyday.

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  3. Freeman
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Linking to a Penn & Teller episode of “Bullshit” on PETA… I see what you did there BF3Blog :)

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  4. Patrick
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    oh please.

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  5. Nicholas
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    At this point, if PETA isn’t pissed at you, you’re not doing your job right…

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    • Medic
      November 7th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      lmao so true

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    • Jack
      November 8th, 2011 at 2:41 am

      I didn’t even read your post, i just thumbed you up for the gnome logo.

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  6. Timekicker
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    If you don’t kill the rat the guard finds you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • O_B_City
      November 7th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      And how do you know this? You wanted the rat to live didnt you?! LOL

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    • Exo
      November 7th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      Whats really hilarious is when you get shot and flop back down, the rat is laughing and you give him the finger.

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    • Implied
      November 7th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

      Doesn’t matter to them. They’d defend them even if they were carrying Black Plague 2.0. After all, they have a right to Mass Murder by means of deadly Fleas.

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      • Goalieguy
        November 8th, 2011 at 12:45 am

        contrary to popular belief, rats didnt carry the black plague, it was the fleas that were on them and other animals at the time, rats actually killed the fleas, therefore helping end the black plague

        learned that one from ratatouille :D

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        • DarKKaramel
          November 8th, 2011 at 2:04 am

          You don’t know shit about history…..

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        • Destruction_FTWWWW
          November 8th, 2011 at 3:47 am

          WTF? It was the great London fire which wiped out the rats and the fleas (and pretty much 9/10th of London) that ended the plague.

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        • Hired_Mark
          November 8th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

          Also you still wouldn’t have building regulation and health and safety if it weren’t for the 1066 fire, which was the main incentive for it in the west.

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  7. gnionio
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Seriously, a rat? At every Modern Warfare you kill freaking dogs! Come’on PETA, you can do much better than this…

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    • Aditya Baw
      November 7th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      Agreed. And in MW3, you kill exploding sucide dogs. Seriously PETA? BF but not COD?

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      • blarglargh
        November 9th, 2011 at 1:17 am

        Can’t wait till Skyrim………

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    • Other Brian
      November 7th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      And let’s not forget the part where you slowly and brutally drive your knife into another human being’s throat.

      PETA’s totally cool with that. But killing that rat is TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE.

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    • RebornShadow
      November 8th, 2011 at 7:47 am

      I guess PETA is a bunch of CoD Fanboys…

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      • LERL WERT
        August 12th, 2012 at 5:28 am

        Actually, they criticized World at War for killing attack dogs, and said that there should be an achievement for hugging the dog instead of killing it. PETA…..you’re level of stupidity is just about equal to ICP’s ‘Miracles’.

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  8. Vasidius
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    IT”S A FREAKING RAT. PETA are freaking retards and can go to hell

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  9. Common
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    this is retarded
    Stupid peta

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  10. BLEEBLO
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    OMFG give me a fucking break!

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  11. A gamer
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    It just a game besides PETA are the ones who are fucked up

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  12. DIMEBA6 DARRELL
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    PETA is LAME. Did anyone tell them it’s not a real rat, and that no animals were harmed in the making of this video game? What idiots. Animals are killed all the time in movies, how is this any different?

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    • random
      November 7th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

      whilst i don’t agree with PETA, you seriously need to learn to read. The point wasn’t that you were killing a real rat, the point was that it would encourage killing of real rats. Learn to read and understand what you’re reading….. idiot

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      • Boingo
        November 8th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

        yup just like how all the parts of the game around that rat killing encourage you to kill people *roll eyes* oh please you are so full of shit its spilling out of you and onto the internet. And I love how people say that ‘youngsters’ claim it was cause of video games. RLY? you mean when their irresponsible parents buy the M-rated game for them it’s the game’s fault?

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  13. my dick
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Young males…….. games rated M for mature…….Bam facepwnedepicsaucescreencaputer

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    • Souperman
      November 7th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      Exactly. Young kids should not be playing this or cod or any other game such as this. We should focus on the parents buying the game for there child rather than the company.

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    • Implied
      November 7th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      One would say so, since logically, that’s how it works. Problem is, nobody actually pays attention to the Rating on the Box.

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      • TheMAN!!
        November 7th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

        My father does, but since i pay for my own and is mostly responsible for my actions i get to play.

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        • MyNameIsSoCoolLike (gay xD)
          November 7th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

          At least you dont go bonkers the whole world is peaceful….

          UNTIL f… PETA comes along with there BIAS personallity.

          CoD is worst than us. CoD should be band for that stuff. As whats everybodys been saying ubove these comments

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        • -=BwK=-
          November 8th, 2011 at 1:28 am

          @mynameiscool

          dude…english…grammar…learn it.

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  14. jettman0
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    There’s always gonna be something for some one to bitch about, no ones ever gonna get it right, apparently video games are the cause of everything wrong in the world… If your kid is cruel to animals because he saw it in a video game, killing a rat to keep quite and unnoticed, he/she’s a dumbass. “Oh no, dont kill the rat, let the enemies see you and kill you, animals are our freinds. fucking dumbasses

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  15. PETA is Bored
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    really i mean come on PETA are you really that bored that you have to complain about one tiny little thing? If you really believed that young men would go out and do this in real life, then why haven’t we seen a lot of dead hookers due to GTA?

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    • xbox gamer
      November 7th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      Dude, you do not want to know how man dead prostitutes the’ve recently duiscoverd buried in the beach on Long Island.

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      • xbox gamer
        November 7th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

        *realizes he spelled discovered like the 5-year olds buying mw3 and corrects himself.

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        • xbox gamer
          November 7th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

          *Re-reads his comment again and adds a Y to finish “they’ve”

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        • Niko Petabellic
          November 8th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

          While you’re (re-)editing your post, you might also take a look at “man dead prostitutes” …unless you meant that, of course.

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      • xbox gamer
        November 7th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

        Thankfully you cannot compare GTA and Battlefield.

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        • PETA is Bored
          November 8th, 2011 at 4:14 am

          Wasn’t trying to compare GTA and Battlefield. I was just comparing situations about people believing that kids go around and imitate video games in real life everyday.

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    • TheMAN!!
      November 7th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Please PETA didn’t act in MW2 when you killed civilians at the airport, they didn’t act in Red dead redemption where you got to hunt,skin and sell animal pelts,they didn’t act in these fishing shows, They didn’t look at the MW3 trailers when you shoot suicide c4 dogs, and where you kill a bear.They didn’t look in others where you torture animals, seems like PETA means Paid.Executives.To look.Another direction.

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  16. The Battlefield Guro
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    WHAT THE HELL. God some people. I swear people its just a game killing 1 rat. Why don’t you guys go complain about duck killing games or moose killing games.

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    • mm
      November 7th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

      Yeah, there are animal hunting games rated for everyone..? Now in Battlefield 3 you must kill one rat(that would happen in real life 2) to continue the game what’s rated for M. Something what’s sick, in games, that in MW3 there will be dogs equipped with bombs, and you just press the button and boom! – ?? – Sorry if I’m wrong about something, but this is just ridiculous!

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  17. D
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Wow haha “According to PETA, recent animal cruelty cases in Germany, where youngsters engaged in animal cruelty, were inspired by video games and movies.” Well its a good thing the game is rated M, SO NO YOUNGSTERS SHOULD EVEN BE PLAYING! Damn they blame the company when its the damn parents who buy their kids the game.

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  18. Pvt. Pudding
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    “If Pac-Man had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.” Marcus Brigstocke

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    • Implied
      November 7th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      Aren’t those guys called Stoners? :D

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      • BattedHaddock
        November 7th, 2011 at 11:22 pm

        Ravers*

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      • LordsXO
        November 7th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

        No… Ravers.

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    • Ha
      November 7th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      Ahhh shit……

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  19. Kevin Blueberry
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    WOW. PETA, you’ve pissed me off so much I’m going to stab a rat.

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    • .GoblinKrunch.
      November 7th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

      I’m going to specifically play the SP JUST to do that now… fucking CHRIST!

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      • kelleroid
        November 8th, 2011 at 10:50 am

        Mission “Ascension”.

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  20. Cruiseshipfan
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    So I guess they do the same thing to bug spray companies as well and they can’t kill on no matter what it is going to do.

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  21. Lol
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    But they don’t have a problem with deer hunter 2012….or call of duty where you have to snap a dogs neck every 5 minutes…..peta how high are you hippies?!

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    • Toma
      November 8th, 2011 at 6:27 am

      Hippies hahahahahhaah xD

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  22. The Battlefield Guro
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    O yea by the way PETA the games rated M for mature not E for everyone in which it would be intended for youngsters to play.

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  23. Strativarius
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    This why we can’t have nice things guys.

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  24. gabe fucking newell
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    delicious rats

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    • Luka Mijic
      November 7th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      Better drink my own piss!!

      *Bear Grylls*

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  25. Antspray
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    To be honest I would of stabbed that rat also….

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