The German branch of PETA has made the video game, Battlefield 3, its latest target. They are upset because during the campaign of the game, players are allowed to kill rats with their combat knife and toss them away. As much as I don't like what's going on, I can understand it coming from PETA. But, if you are going to say that video games condone animal cruelty, then you have to call out all video games.
In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, players can shoot chickens and watch feathers fly around. In Fable 1, 2, and 3, gamers fight off wolves. Every year, Cabella comes out with a new hunting game. If PETA is going to get mad at Battlefield 3, why stop there? Just be anti-gaming. PETA could argue that virtul violence involving imaginary animals is wrong, too.
If fantasy violence is out of the question, role-playing games would die, fantasy and adventure games would diminish, and maybe even The Sims series would end because players could kill off their own pets. The problem with PETA attacking Battlefield 3 is that there is no place to "draw the line," allowing the possibility of things getting completely carried away. And of course if you call out games, then you have to address movies, television, books, comics, etc. etc. etc. It would never end. So, PETA, please stay away from my video games and do some work to actually protect animals.
Here is a link to the article that brought this to my attention.