Now this is quite hilarious. At one point in Battlefield 3, there is a QTE where you need to kill a disease-ridden rat to proceed or else you get spotted by the enemy and riddled with bullets. According to the German news site PCgames, PETA criticized the game saying that DICE should not do these kinds of things in the future. In their deluded sense of how the world works, they said that games and movies have been an inspiration for animal cruelty, saying that the necessary killing of such an insignificant animal during an important mission was “slaughter”.
In other news countless people are slaughtered in droves by a lone soldier. Funerals will be held next month, next of kin have been notified, may they rest in peace.
The exact scene has the player crawling through a highly-patrolled area in a blindspot, and encounters a rat in the process. The Quick Time Event has them knife the rat, killing it. If the player fails to kill the rat, they will be discovered by an enemy alerted to the noises, and promptly shot to death. It’s not like the game lines up tons of animals for you to torture, so this is PETA being PETA. I find this quite hilarious.
Soldiers slaughter countless people in an airport, foreign spies criticized for participating. Memorial will be constructed later this year. News at 11.
PETA cited a scientific link between violence in fiction inspiring people to commit these acts of violence, but anyone will tell you that anyone inspired by fiction to commit any form of violence is clearly messed up in the head in the first place.