PETA Calls Assassin's Creed 4 Whaling A Disgrace

News Robert Bernstein 10/29/2013 at 10:45AM

The New Assassin's Creed 4 Reveal yesterday left a sour taste in PETA's mouth...

(From March): In Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, players will be able to engage in whaling, the practice of hunting, well, whales. Naturally, this got PETA's panties in a twist, as the animal rights protection group has called the game disgraceful.

PETA released a press release, which read:

"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 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 company also stated.

This isn't the first time that PETA has gone after the video game industry. In fact, the group is becoming notoriously famous for attacking the silliest detail in a game.  In 2009, PETA urged members to log in to World of Warcraft to wage battle against seal hunters in Howling Fjord, where Horde players were clubbing baby seals to death in the game.

In 2011, PETA also launched an outcry over the Tanooki suit in Mario, because Tanukis are a real-life raccoon dog that are often beaten and skinned alive for their fur.

And, then PETA attacked the Call of Duty franchise for allowing the killing of dogs in their games.

PETA also protested the wildly popular Super Meat Boy developers, Team Meat, although the playable character is actually a human boy, not a slab of animal meat.

 [Related Article: Our Response To PETA's Many Ridiculous Video Game Protests]

So, as you can see from the ridiculous claims from PETA, they're sort of a loose nut of a company. What's even more disturbing about them, is that they are attacking Assassin's Creed IV about whaling, yet they don't seem to have a problem with the piracy or assassinations! Great. Go have fun killing other humans, just leave our whales alone!  Oh, PETA...PETA, PETA, PETA....

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PETA, Please get off your high horse, I Love and saved all kind's of Animal's & I still do. But Please its just a game...........Get over it . Pat

Agreed. I get irritated when companies attack gaming for something like this. IT'S A GAME!!!

I once asked a PETA member about all the field mice, snakes and finches that are killed by the combines that harvest their guilt-free vegan diets and was met with screaming about how dairy cows should be rescued and how horses are slaves and should be freed.

PETA, as always, are full of idiots.

Whaling happened at the time. It's a period piece. It is not advocating whaling in any way.


Maybe if they had some meat in their diets their brains would work better.

Must have hit a nerve....

I think that is a great point... the game is set in a different time than we live in now...when whaling was prominent and okay to do.

PETA gets away with attacking anyone they please because they have never been attacked, I wish someone would fix that......

those fat peta members took it personally.

To be fair, PETA has intimate familiarity with what it's like to be a disgrace.

It's alright guys, they're just crabby because they don't get enough fat and protein in their diet.

Next in the news. Peta to try and sue Davy Crockett for killing a ba'ar

Oh look, a non-story...

FUCK You Peta. You're a worthless organization What have you ever done for whales besides not eat them? Viva La Sea Sheppard!

PETA gets butt-hurt over anything that dies other than humans.

Next time ask about the 89.4% of adoptable "rescue" pets PETA euthanized last year.

Are Geek Liberals just as stupid as Regular Liberals? PETA is first and foremost Eliminationist, and always has been. They Want the Human Race to die out because they believe we are a blight on Gaia. Of course, they're not rushing to be first in-line to be "eliminated", they prefer You go first. Wake up! These people on neither funny or harmless. They are spending 10s of Millions of Dollars infecting the weak, gullilble minds of children and low IQ Liberals with their religion of anti-humanism, and they get results.

I think PETA should start protesting the leather industry. By harassing motorbike clubs.

Not that I'm a fan of PETA, but Gamers are, in my humble opinion, losers.

No, that never happened, and, to no one's surprise, killing animals for food still kills more animals than attempting to not killing animals for food.

peta sfands for people eating tasty animals right?

Does PETA understand that computer games are about imaginary things? Has anybody told them that it's impossible to harm or kill anything in a computer game because the humans and animals in them don't actually exist? 25,000 children starved to death on this planet today, and another 25,000 will starve tomorrow, but these people are upset because imaginary whales are being hunted by imaginary people in cyberspace? Seems sort of insane to me.

Just like how religion infects the weak, gullible minds of children and low IQ conservatives.

I wonder if PETA knows how much hunting of other species takes place in Assassin's Creed III...


So dumb. All these impressionable young kids might start whaling because they played it in a video game...

I'm not taking sides, but rather making a neutral point. Games can have great impacts on those who view and play them, just as other bodies of work, such as books and movies can.

The fact that it's not real doesn't translate to it not being significant in terms of its affect on people. In fact, games allow for more engagement with the material compared to say series, for example.