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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. ledhead900
    November 8th, 2011 at 6:11 am

    This is a load of crock. It’s is just another move to try to make a public appearance for their cause. I absolutely hate pesky protection groups that try and mix virtual behavior with real behavior.

    The truth is that people with the sadistic mind to take video games seriously and apply violent acts in real life were already mentally unfit to begin with and should not have been allowed to play said games.

    I’m also going to have to point out the fact that I do not see them carrying on like a bunch children over Call of Duty’s Black ops – Dog attack your literally sending out a dog in that to kill people and other people have to kill your dogs. That IMO is far more of a case then killing a disgusting rodent.

    Go back to the middle ages during the plague you will find that killing rats would have been a paid job and protecting a rodent is not healthy apart from ones that are not trained as a pet and is clean even then its still not really accepted by a lot of people, Normal rodents pictured in said game above carry disease and its perfectly fine for an exterminator to do his job of getting rid of them with out PETA interfering with that.

    Why do these groups specifically target the games industry when there are a lot of real life cases that have been un justified. Shame on you PETA, SHAME.. ON.. YOU!

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  2. killfest
    November 8th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *catches breath*

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wow.

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  3. Gudkarma
    November 8th, 2011 at 9:16 am

    While its commendable for PETA to open the eyes of the ignorant to the mistreatment of animals it is a little over the line to say a video game is going to inspire anyone to do something mean or inhumane.

    I’m a vegetarian for spiritual reasons however I find PETA’s message to be a bit ridiculous.

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  4. BlueSmiley
    November 8th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    HAHAHA LOL’D
    Crazy old hippies. They’ve smoked too fucking much weed in their lifes.

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  5. BROKENCAPSLOCKBUTTNSORRY
    November 8th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    The graphics are so good, PETA couldn’t tell that it was just a video game :)

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  6. FearOfThePear
    November 8th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    HOW ABOUT THE ATTACK DOGS IN BLACK OPS THEN!!!!!!

    WHY ARE THEY NOT COMPLAINING ABOUT THAT!!!

    MANY DOGS HAVE BEEN KILLED!!!!

    I’m sure that they like mw3 and want to hate bf3…

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  7. none@none.com
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Thank you for posting that link to P&T’s Bullshit!, very good show, and very good info on PETA.

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  8. johnny
    November 8th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    OMG PETA Shut the fuck up. ITs a virtual fucking rat, its just a computer coding entity with a cgi.

    I see more ASPCA ads to prevent animal cruelty yet i dont see shit from you guys. quit bitching aboyut a virtual rat and go find someone who did animal cruekly theres a picture on fb showing a dog that nearly becme roadkill from the driver track him down. shut the fuck up tho itsjust a game and there is this thing called common sense im sure bnobody wants to actually touch a rat in real life

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  9. Sander
    November 8th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    ooh meey gaawd! mooom i keeled a rat in battlefeeld 3, noaw i wanne keel a reel rat, can i borrow you’re meat knife?!

    seriously tho, how the hell can this inspire someone to animal cruelty?

    Only people who play this game with an IQ lower then 50 will do that…

    Oh wait, we had alot of cod players… nvm.

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  10. Kelly
    November 8th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Well if that’s the case they should complain about EVERY role playing game where you have to go into someone’s cellar and kill rats. or what about any other animal killing quests. You know how many animals I have killed and SKINNED in World of Warcraft?…I NEVER heard PETA complain about THAT! I kill virtual animals, but I don’t run around killing and skinning real animals. I am Pagan for crying out loud. I am an animal & nature lover. PETA always goes too far.

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  11. Jaska95
    November 8th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Yes.. after level “Uprising” i took my knife and started hunting rats.

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  12. Altacry
    November 8th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    They only make me laugh….
    you kill a RAT and it’s “animal cruelty”…
    what about cod… where u must kill dogs with knife?

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  13. Urbz1988
    November 8th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    They should be looking at MW3 dogs strapped with C4 around there neck.

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  14. t0xiczz
    November 8th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    oh yeah PETA, in a game full of humans killing other humans, they point out the fact you stab one annoying ass disease ridden rat in one mission.
    i mean everyone here knows PETA just likes to ride publicity waves, and clearly BF3 is hitting the mark so PROPS EA/DICE.

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  15. SebyDick
    November 8th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    BF3 is a game with people killing people and they talking about animal cruelty ??? who cares about a fu**** rat??

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  16. Andy
    November 8th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    LOL this is actually pathetic. I hope Dice tell them to go kiss their own arses.

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  17. yourmom
    November 8th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Dear PETA,

    Fuck You.

    Sincerely,
    Normal People

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  18. Sparenade
    November 8th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Shooting dogs, more dogs, dogs with C4 strapped to them, shooting animals dead and skinning them with no censoring or anything, but no. A rat got stabbed. Dear god what has happened to this world.

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    • FDSDH 011i
      November 8th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      PETA didn’t care when you had to kill dogs in COD, thats strange because a dog is more intelligent so it would be crueller,
      ok PETA continue using your strange logic it doesn’t make sense

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  19. Stephen
    November 8th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Its a Plot by Activition !

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  20. Mr Charlie Sheen
    November 8th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    ….. PETA realy? do you realize that fucking animals isnt much better then killing them u sick fucks

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  21. Nicholas
    November 8th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Oh my god. Such double standard. I can’t believe they get all butthurt over a stabbed rat, saying it “promotes” animal cruelty, but they don’t get on Call Of Duty for shooting dogs or having dogs with C4 strapped to them or Red Dead Redemption for being able to kill and skin animals. Rats are disease filled vermin, so I would understand why the character would stab it if it lunges at him hoping to bite him. But they have the nerve to say that it would inspire young kids to do this sort of thing? 1. Young kids shouldn’t be playing the fucking game in the first place. and 2. Some kids arn’t as impressionable as some people make them out to be. But even if some kids DO stab a rat, whats to stop them from skinning ne or strapping C4 to it? That’s all I’m trying to get across. PETA are such hypocrites. They’re like the NAACP. They look at everything as an attack or get mad over everything because they think its trying to make our kids into saddistic killers and only do things to benefit themselves and not for the greater good for the community.

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    • Danny
      November 8th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      lol exactly and they said it can influence young people wen cod is were they are all at….

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  22. FDSDH 011i
    November 8th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    wow PETA wow you are dumb, rats are rodents there are more rats than their are humans, they spread disease and out compete rarer animals so encouraging the killing of rats is a good thing, Rats were spread throughout the world by humans so surely it is our job to try and control their numbers

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  23. FDSDH 011i
    November 8th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    this game has encouraged me to stab a rat in the head while crawling through a tunnel in a city just hit by an earthquake and….

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  24. FDSDH 011i
    November 8th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    surely PETA’s members cannot take modern medicine as this is tested on rats, but they do…. CONTROVERSIAL!!!

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  25. Danny
    November 8th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    thought the game was rated M lol younger people shoulsnt be buying it…..

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