Far Cry 5 Falls Victim To PETA, And It’s Delightfully Absurd
The animal rights group PETA is once again bridging the gap between real life animals and computer programs that visually look like the focus of their protection. This time, the organization set their eyes on Far Cry 5 which features tons of interaction with the creatures that roam the wilderness. In addition to animals that can be hunted, three possible companions that journey with you on deadly missions are a grizzly bear named Cheeseburger, a mountain lion named Peaches, and the beloved dog Boomer. With all of the hunting and deadly missions seen in the game, fans would think that that would be the focus – that would be the wrong assumption. Instead, the blight that PETA has spoken about is the fishing in the game.
The organization felt that the realism of these computer simulated fish were capable of feeling the “anxiety, stress, and pain” that is associated with the fishing conducted in Far Cry 5. This feeling has caused the German portion of PETA to release a public statement speaking out against this act and its association with the title. Good news for players still needing to hunt land creatures in order to make money for new weapons, ammo, gear, and transportation – you’re are still in business. Please consider our underwater friends next time you whip out the ol’ rod and reel.
Check out the statement below from the German Sect of PETA:
“In some intelligence tests, fish fare better than chimpanzees, orangutans and capuchin monkeys . They have a complex social life and sometimes close close friendships. Some fish sing like birds at dawn in chorus, others protect their young, by the offspring in case of danger in the mouth or guard the eggs for weeks . But above all: you feel anxiety, stress and pain. In addition to international scientific studies, the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, comes to the conclusion in its statement for the Federal Government that “fish are capable of pain perception and should accordingly be treated and protected as sensitive living beings.”
“While in the previous game fish were killed with explosives, the player in Far Cry 5 can catch different kinds of fish with the fishing rod and gets different points of view depending on the type of fish. PETA now appeals to the German representation of the game developer, the Ubisoft GmbH in Dusseldorf, in the future no longer to market video games in Germany, glorifying and banalizing the hunting and killing of fish or other animals. The animal rights organization proposes instead to develop games with free-living animals that do not glorify killing as a pastime.”
What do you think of the PETA statement released on the animal abuse seen while fishing in Far Cry 5? Do you think Ubisoft should even respond to this callout from the animal rights group? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below, and don’t forget to check out DFTG on Twitter for gaming and entertainment news live 24/7!
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