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Battlefield 3 may turn you into an animal murderer

8:00 PM on 11.07.2011 // Fraser Brown

In case you've somehow forgotten how mind bogglingly odd PETA are, they've been kind enough to jump up and down, shouting nonsense in hopes that you'll pay attention to them again. Continuing their confused crusade on behalf of animals, they've spotted yet another poor beastie which they hope to exploit for more donations. This time it's a rat. A rat that you kill in Battlefield 3. He doesn't have a name, but I've taken the time to give him one to humanize this poor victim. I shall call him Plague Bearer.

Poor wee Plague Bearer was just minding his own business when a mean soldier stabs him and then throws him away. He doesn't even eat him! It's atrocious. Despicable. Unacceptable. And not in any way real. According to PETA this sort of animal cruelty inspires young men to go and kill animals. We all know, just like PETA, that if you do something in a videogame, you'll probably do it in real life too.

PETA issued this press release in Germany, where young people go around slaughtering animals because they saw it done in a film or a videogame. Shame on you, Germany! Plague Bearer probably had a family! The only silver lining in this terrible situation is the fact that this rat murder happens in the single player campaign which was so forgettable that most people probably won't recall enough of it to be inspired to go and murder their pets. Despite this, PETA still has concerns.

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.

If any of you have been brutalized because you pretended to kill a rat, let us know in the comments. If you've been brutalized because you pretended to kill lots of humans, who cares? Humans aren't animals apart from 100 percent of the time.

Battlefield 3 criticized by PETA over "animal cruelty" []

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