The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, otherwise known as PETA, is reportedly urging the creators of Farming Simulator 17 to add the footage of realistic slaughtering of pigs to the game, according to IND13.
The report says that PETA took interest in the game’s development when the creators announced that they would include pig farming to the game. The animal rights organization sent a letter to the managing director of GIANTS software GmbH, Christian Ammann, telling him to provide an accurate visual description of the kills, even detailing how they’re hung upside down, stabbed, and dropped in scalding water.
Harriet Barclay, who is the European outreach liaison for PETA, added a message to those who are likely to play the game.
“(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.”
Did you know? Many pigs love to sleep in piles & enjoy cuddling with others. pic.twitter.com/qGwSF9hap6
— PETA (@peta) September 9, 2016
The article then turns into an op-ed where its writer makes comparisons of what it accepts, questions as to how realistic Farming Simulator should be, and other moral dilemmas.
PETA has a history of being quite extreme in its presentation of animal rights in order to provoke others to be disgusted by the killing of animals for food, largely a campaign for veganism.
It would appear in this case that they’re attempting to provoke or force a conversation on what would be a more realistic simulator, or even attempting to influence the game.
This appears to be more apparent when they also suggest Farming Simulator 17 try something different.
“If you think that the gruesome nature of pig slaughter would be too upsetting for your audience, we suggest that instead of sugar-coating the subject, Farming 17 should solely simulate crop farming, in which no animals are confined, beaten, or slaughtered, turning Farming 17 into vegan Farming 17.
— DK (@WinglessBird_) August 29, 2016
While this declaration of truth is debatable, one should ask how consistent PETA is in their views about animals as they apparently do not share the same view when it comes to dog breeds.
In June 2005, the international president of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, published an op-ed with the San Francisco Gate titled “Controling An Animal As Deadly As A Weapon,” with the byline that read “Deadly, Abused, Doomed.”
By the name of the organization alone, it’s clearly stated what PETA stands for, but last October news revealed that the group joined up with another organization that fully supports the banning and mass euthanization of all pit bull breeds, which shows that they don’t necessarily practice what they preach, unless the organization is called People for the Un-Ethical Treatment of Some Animals, which when abbreviated is much more insulting in another language.
Last year, the Huffington Post also covered this issue as an open letter to PETA, saying that the “pit bull” is not a breed but a description, and that PETA’s reasoning to ban all pit bulls was a real head-scratcher.
“And by the way, the term ‘pit bull’ doesn’t refer to any specific breed of dog; the way it’s being used by these groups, pit bull means dogs who are one of a few kinds of terriers, and mutts with blocky heads and short coats. Pit bull is a physical description, not a breed.”
The organization referred to here is DogBite.org, which says in their About Us section that they are an educational website about dangerous dog breeds, “chiefly pit bulls.”
Attn: Régis Labeaume & Denis Coderre, 10 years of banking, and dog bites are more common than ever. Not the dog, i… https://t.co/AxRgpk8Ybi
— Salgood Sam (@salgood) June 23, 2016
The Huffington Post published a piece on Wednesday that writes about the mayor of Montreal calling for a ban on pit bulls after one that was registered as a boxer killed a woman.
That article also refers to DogBite and explains that the person who runs the site, Colleen Lynn, ran a fortune-telling website called Divine Lady prior to DogBite in order to push for pit bull bans, and also says that the site is used as a source by National Post‘s Barbara Kay, who is described as Canada’s most prominent enemy of the pit bull and acts on behalf of dog bite victims.
To take a section from the op-ed initially written by PETA’s President Ingrid Newkirk, here is where she makes her views of pit bulls and the people who protect them very clear.
“Those who argue against the euthanasia policy for pit bull dogs are naive. One dog I know who was adopted out to a new family suddenly clamped his jaw onto the thigh of a 7-year-old boy. Two grown men had a hard time getting the dog off and the child suffered permanent nerve damage.”
In many ways this is just a small example of the kind of organization and potential momentum behind the banning of certain dogs labeled as dangerous, which many agree is overwhelmingly the case.
It should be noted that PETA is against the No-Kill movement, and as Newsweek reported back in 2008, “Since 1998 PETA has killed more than 17,000 animals, nearly 85 percent of all those it has rescued.”
There is currently a nationwide battle to change the human mindset about animals. It would seem that PETA is the strongest force out there to — at the very least — confuse it.