Tara Voelker's thoughts. A lot about video games, a little about life
PETA is Up in Arms
by Abril Primero- broma
Everyone knows that PETA loves to pick a fight. One of their more recent campaigns included an effort to change how fish were referenced. They insisted that instead they be called “sea kittens” so they appear more cute and cuddly. I guess it’s easier to find supporters that want to “save” cute and cuddly sea kittens than it is a scaly, offensive looking, scary fish.
What does this have to do with the gaming industry you ask? Well this morning Volition studio, makers of Saints Row 2 and the soon to be release Red Faction: Guerrilla, leaked this video on the internet.
Confused on why PETA would be so offended by what clearly is an April Fool’s joke? Well so was everyone else. That’s why Ingrid Newkir made this announcement shortly after the video had been release on Kotaku.
“I am very disturbed by many things in life, especially those involving animals and animal cruelty. PETA has been working hard to give animals a voice.With so many people today looking for ways to reduce the amount of suffering in the world, we hope that you will help us show your audience how easy it is to bring comfort to the smallest and most helpless among us-animals. A big part of this will simply be getting the message out there and changing how uneducationed people view and treat those who cannot have a voice for themselves. PETA has been trying to spread our message through the internet, speeches and public protests… but there has been one area that we have barely touched on… animals in video games. With their latest “April Fool” joke, Volition has shown that they have no respect for animals. They show an emu being used as a bludgeoning weapon in their game. People need to respect animals, and clearly Volition does not. Please stand with me, and the rest of PETA, and protest this game simulated animal abuse. Animals need to be protected and nurtured, no matter where they are, even if this includes the digital world. Thank you in advance for helping us make a difference in the lives of so many by spreading the message of compassion and respect for all animals.”
Newkir continued on to say something along the effect of animal violence is never a joke, and that she was personally offended that Volition would release a video making fun of animal being used for abuse, while being abused at the same time.
Volition of THQ representatives have yet to release a statement on the subject, although it is very unlikely that they will. I honestly don’t think that they care in the slightest.
So a lot of peolpe who have read this have been asking me if this was actually true. The sea kittens campaign is something PETA actually did and the video really was leaked by Volition as a joke. The PETA speech about animal cruelty in games is made up. This whole thing is an April Fool’s day joke. I would also like to point out the Abril Primero- broma is a name up name that when translated into Spanish literally says “April First-joke.” 🙂