PETA Decides to Go After Historical Whaling in a Video Game

    March 6, 2013
    Josh Wolford
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In your “dude, seriously?” news of the day, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have turned their sights on Ubisoft over some possible content from an yet-to-be-released video game.

PETA is upset that Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag may feature some form of whaling inside the game. They have released a statement calling it “disgraceful” to glorify the practice, which continues today.

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.

The game, set to release on October 29th, will let players “relive the truly explosive events that defined the Golden Age of Pirates” by “captaining and customizing their own ship, searching for lost treasure, hunting rare animals and looting underwater shipwrecks.”

So, outrage.

Ubisoft’s response is pretty good:

History is our playground in Assassin’s Creed. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is a work of fiction that depicts the real events during the Golden Era of Pirates. We do not condone illegal whaling, just as we don’t condone a pirate lifestyle of poor hygiene, plundering, hijacking ships, and over the legal limit drunken debauchery.

Nobody is condoning whaling – but the game hasn’t even hit the shelves yet. C’mon, guys.

  • Alex

    Maybe they think there is a link between fantasy and reality, and believe that everyone will play this game then go out and do a spot of Whaling.

    • an uneducated american

      not sure why, but i imagined two british dudes going whaling.
      ‘righto lads, join me for a spo’ of whailin’ after teatime?’
      ‘jolly good, whot whot’
      ‘tallyho old bean!’
      then they would fight over who gets to let the other shoot first. then when they hit one they would drag it aboard, teabag it (with actual teabags) and say ‘long live the queen, scallywag.’

  • Bill

    Awww man the whales are gonna be pissed when this game comes out.

  • wut

    Go home PETA, you’re drunk.

  • Tim

    So, it’s not “disgraceful” to kill people then?

  • James

    Oh, yet a game that does glorify animals, such as Pokemon gets disgraced by PETA? I am not gonna play a game where a human screws an animal. PETA keep that to yourselves. I am forming my own PETA group: People Eating Tasty Animals.

  • mike hunt

    Save the virtual whales!

  • Rick

    PETA hates animals. They kill more than 90% of their “rescues,” because they think it’s more ethical to kill an animal than find a good home for it. The ASPCA actually helps animals, and they don’t go around looking for stupid bullshit like this to whine about. Fuck PETA.