Here’s an interesting story for the day. PETA has issued a letter to Farming Simulator 17 developer Giants Software asking that they include footage of pig slaughtering in their game. Pigs are one of the many new features in Farming Simulator 17, but players don’t physically turn them into tasty bacon themselves, they just sell them off for profit.
A statement issued today, on September 7th from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) says that if you’re not going to show players what cruelty happens to pigs, then it should be changed to Vegan Farming Simulator.
“Farming Simulator 17 should either show the nightmarish reality endured by pigs at the abattoir or change into Vegan Farming Simulator 17 and let players grow crops—to do anything else would be dishonest”, says PETA’s European outreach liaison Harriet Barclay in a statement. “PETA urges anyone who considers pig-slaughter footage too gruesome to include in a simulator game to rid their real-life plates of animal corpses and switch to cruelty-free vegan foods.”
You can read the letter in full here. I imagine a response will come, but whether this will be made public, we will just have to see. Is it going too far? Should every game which features animals be the subject of PETA’s involvement? Will DICE go under scrutiny for abuse to horses in Battlefield 1?
Farming Simulator 17 releases on October 25th for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.