(ANIMAL WELFARE/CULTURE) Last week marked a historic moment in the gamer world—the release of the next volume of the popular video game “Grand Theft Auto.” A few days after its release, animal rights group In Defense of Animals responded with a rebuttal against the treatment of the virtual animals depicted in the programming. Read on to learn about the groups’ plea for a boycott and share your thoughts in the comments below. — Global Animal
GTA V was attacked by animal rights group "In Defense of Animals" who claim the game supports violent treatment of animals. Photo Credit: kotaku.com.au
Grand Theft Auto V was attacked by the animal rights group In Defense of Animals who claim the game supports violent treatment of fauna. Photo Credit: kotaku.com.au

International Business Times, Keerthi Mohan

Rockstar Games, publisher of “Grand Theft Auto V,” which broke sales records on the first day of its release on Sept. 17,  was criticized by an animal rights group that’s called for a boycott of the popular game, according to TMZ.
With “GTA 5” frenzy sweeping the U.S., some people who can’t get their hands on a copy of the ultrapopular “Grand Theft Auto V” video game have turned to real-life crime.

In Defense of Animals, an international animal rights and rescue organization, called for the boycott of the game because it allows players to run over and kill animals. The group feels such violence sends an unacceptable message to players, many of whom are children.

Jack Carone, a spokesman for In Defense of Animals, told TMZ the game propagates animal torture and “institutionalized violence” against animals.

“The makers of this game have traded decency for money” Carone told TMZ, adding, “Encouraging the darkest impulses of young people is not an admirable pursuit … Animals don’t need any more targets painted on them in the name of fun.”

It is not immediately known how the producers of the game, which was five years in the making, are going to react to the boycott demand.

“Grand Theft Auto V” has been the fastest-selling game in recent times, and just three days after the initial release of the “Grand Theft Auto V” on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the game took in $1 billion in global sales. The fifth installment of the series is expected to continue raking in money for the next several weeks.

“’Grand Theft Auto’ is a cultural phenomenon, and Rockstar Games continues to redefine what can be achieved in interactive entertainment,” Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two, which is a developer, marketer and publisher of interactive entertainment, said in a statement. “We are incredibly proud of the extraordinary critical and commercial response to ‘Grand Theft Auto V’.”

More International Business Times: http://www.ibtimes.com/gta-5-animal-rights-group-demands-boycott-grand-theft-auto-v-1409222

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5 COMMENTS

  1. I agree. For one thing, it's extremely sad that people waste their time and their lives worrying about people running over and/or hunting virtual animals. There's plenty of real animal abuse going on in the world (which this game does not propagate). Worry about that.

    If you don't like violent games in general or the GTA series in particular, that's fine. You don't have to play it. But this particular complaint is off the rails silly.

  2. I understand the concern, but at the same time GTA has always been a game where you can randomly kill people in the streets. I don't know if this new game wants you to kill animals, I haven't played it yet. But it's always been a violent game towards humans. I doubt people will boycott it because suddenly they added animals to kill. It's not like people care more about animals. I personally won't boycott because I am not the kind of person who is at risk of harming animals in real life, and I doubt the people who could potentially be 'at risk' of doing such a thing will boycott the game anyway. Also, it's not like people don't harm animals every day whenever they eat meat. I'm just very sceptical that people care.