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Assassin's Creed 4: PETA labels whale harpooning 'disgraceful'

Calls on game makers to celebrate animals, not promote killing them

American animal rights organisation PETA has labelled the ability to harpoon whales in Ubisoft's upcoming seafaring adventure Assassin's Creed 4 as "disgraceful".

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A PETA spokesperson told VentureBeat: "Whaling-that is, shooting whales with harpoons and leaving them to struggle for an hour or more before they die or are hacked apart while they are still alive-may seem like something out of the history books, but this bloody industry still goes on today in the face of international condemnation, and it's disgraceful for any game to glorify it.

"PETA encourages video game companies to create games that celebrate animals-not games that promote hurting and killing them."

PETA has previously attacked Pokémon by likening the way Pokémon are treated to the abuse of animals, and made what it subsequently labelled a "tongue-in-cheek" call for attention by attacking Mario for "sending the message that it's OK to wear fur".

As we revealed in our Assassin's Creed 4 preview, the game is being developed Ubisoft Montreal, the studio behind Far Cry 3, a title which also lets players hunt numerous animals.

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