Could inspire young people to kill animals in real life, complains PETA
A sequence in Battlefield 3 in which the player knives a rat has come under attack by animal rights group PETA.
A German press release, translated by Battlefield3blog, warns that virtual depiction of animal cruelty can encourage similar cruelty in real life.
"The realistic computer game Battlefield 3 treats animals in a sadistic manner," reads the translated statement. "The game gives players the option to kill a rat with a combat knife in the back in order to then lift it by its tail, then toss it away.
"Killing virtual animals can have a brutalising effect on the young male target audience. There have been repeated cases of animal cruelty in Germany, where young people kill animals. Inspiration behind these acts often came from movies and computer games."
PETA has previously fought its corner with Cooking Mama and Super Meat Boy.