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Our friends at PETA want attention again

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Initial post: Mar 5, 2013, 12:50:15 AM PST

Don't man the harpoons quite yet - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has something to say.

Ubisoft started removing the cloak from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag today. The new open-world action game stars a pirate assassin who sails the high seas, plunders for booty, and harpoons whales.

That last part, the whaling, is something we haven't seen in many video games before, and PETA decided to give us its feelings on the matter. A spokesperson from the anti-animal cruelty organization provided 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.I asked Ubisoft for its response to the PETA statement and will update this story when it gets back to me.

In 1986, the International Whaling Commission enacted a ban on commercial whaling due to intense overhunting that pushed many species to the brink of extinction. Some countries, notably Japan, wish to lift this ban. Japan currently hunts whales under an exemption to the IWC ban for scientific research.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013, 12:56:55 AM PST
*Insert completely accurate slam against PETA here*

Posted on Mar 5, 2013, 2:51:28 AM PST
Dang... now what am I going to do with my fleet of ships that I just purchased so I could try out whaling in RL thanks to the influence of virtual whaling possibilities...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013, 3:28:10 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 5, 2013, 3:30:01 AM PST
MrFoxhound says:
"Our friends at PETA want attention again "

Well, thanks for giving it to them.

I can't wait to go whaling in this game. That's going to be awesome. I hope that they allow Move/Kinect support for slicing open the whale after it's caught.

Oh, and PETA, that whaling protest group that has their own TV show was just classified as pirates by our own court system.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013, 3:36:48 AM PST
Nobody tell them about the main power source in Dishonored. On another note who now wants to play ACIV more now that PETA hates it.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013, 3:40:43 AM PST
Riyoshi says:
I hope Ubisoft has enough balls to make an easteregg/sidemission about that.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013, 3:59:39 AM PST
Idle Moment says:
Its ok if you hack up human beings in Assassins Creed, we have no issue there - but for the love of the light - dont dare harm a whale...!

Posted on Mar 5, 2013, 4:05:22 AM PST
MrFoxhound says:
Mankind for Ethical Animal Treatment!

Posted on Mar 5, 2013, 4:16:09 AM PST
PETA .. a textbook case of a good cause getting destroyed by idiotic people.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013, 4:17:25 AM PST
Cats Go Nyan says:
I might have to get this, just to go whaling.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013, 4:21:01 AM PST
JO MOMMA says:
So why didnt PETA say anything about AC3 or Red Dead Redemption when i have to skin animals for money?

Posted on Mar 5, 2013, 4:21:17 AM PST
Kin-foot says:
PETA just wants to prevent Star Trek IV from happening.


In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013, 4:21:36 AM PST
Kin-foot says:
Don't forget Far Cry 3!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013, 4:24:47 AM PST
JO MOMMA says:
i have not played the game yet. But part of my wish list.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013, 4:58:26 AM PST
Anthony says:
"we're whalers on the moon! we're whalers on the moon!"

Posted on Mar 5, 2013, 5:01:15 AM PST
This game has whaling?!

Day one buy. ,|,, PETA 2013.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013, 5:11:32 AM PST
Carlito says:
or Monster Hunter!? Maybe if they raised awareness about the sweet smashing of Great Jaggi, I wouldn't have completely cyber wiped them out

Posted on Mar 5, 2013, 5:16:17 AM PST
Zeus Carver says:
Their attempts at softcore porn is laughable.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013, 5:17:44 AM PST
Cause we are hunting MONSTERS... they are threatening and stuff...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013, 5:19:01 AM PST
To PETA, we are the real monsters.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013, 5:19:10 AM PST
Emily Sedai says:
Excuse me, but do you have a degree in Fungineering?

Posted on Mar 5, 2013, 5:20:22 AM PST
Emily Sedai says:
All I have to say about this:

Save the whales, mother f#$%^er.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013, 5:21:30 AM PST
Indeed. Though don't attack me, PETA will take it as a cruelty against badgers!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013, 5:22:49 AM PST
A customer says:
Cause whales are more important.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013, 6:37:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 5, 2013, 7:41:49 AM PST
Voice of god says:
I know it's fun to hat on PETA, and usually I'm happy to join in and mock them for their stupid garbage, but this is probably the first time they've made a legitimate point about the treatment of animals in a video game. Whaling was and still is pretty messed up and cruel, and irresponsible practices caused tremendous problems with wiping out species. Glorifying it and making it into a fun game just seems like a bad idea.
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