The animal rights group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has condemned the recently announced Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. They have alleged that the depiction of Whaling in the Ubisoft’s latest release as ‘disgraceful’.
“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,” is what PETA has to say about the game.
PETA also clarified that they are not against video games and added that “PETA encourages video game companies to create games that celebrate animals – not games that promote hurting and killing them.”
This is not the first time PETA accusses a video game for being hurtful to animals they have previously attacked games like Super Meat Boy, Call of Duty: World at War, Mario and Cooking Mama.
Assassin’s Creed IV is set in an era (in the 18th century) where whaling was rampant, though the game makers can justify their action, their games are played by millions around the world and in our opinion PETA is right is raising these issues.