Ubisoft harpoons wacky anti-meat group’s video game whaling complaint

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.There is only one logical explanation for the behavior exhibited by the deranged animal rights organization PETA.

They’re a front for the meat industry.

Why else would they work so hard to embarrass the animal rights movement, and discredit critics of factory farming? It seems like every time PETA is in the news, they have topped their last irrational complaint or ridiculous, sexist stunt.

This time, PETA has its panties in a twist over a representation of whaling — in a historical video game about Caribbean pirates. Now, I’m completely against all kinds of whaling. But as it so happens, there was whaling in the 16th and 17th centuries. It’s hard to see how eliminating whaling from historical media would help stop whaling today — in fact, I’m sure it would have the opposite effect.

Fortunately, Ubisoft did not back down. From their response:

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is a work of fiction that depicts the real events during the Golden Era of Pirates. We do not condone illegal whaling, just as we don’t condone a pirate lifestyle of poor hygiene, plundering, hijacking ships, and over-the-legal-limit drunken debauchery.

And even if the game does glorify whaling — as it certainly glorifies the life of a pirate — I don’t think it will lead to a generation of gamers who head to the Caribbean to hunt down humpbacks. Just as I don’t think anyone who played the previous Assassin’s Creed games [has] found employment as a murderer for hire.

Stay tuned, as PETA decries simian abuse in Donkey Kong, violence against flying monkeys in Oz the Great and Powerful, and the unfair depiction of Australian barracudas in Finding Nemo.


If you really want to help stop whaling, why not try the Sea Shepherds or the World Wide Fund for Nature?

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