Video game company Ubisoft released Far Cry 6 Last week it was a mini-game where players can take on the role of a rooster and take part in a cockfight – and PETA called it “racist and biodiverse”.
The action of the video game takes place on a fictional Caribbean island called Yara, which follows the protagonist Dani Rojas on the way to overthrow a fascist regime of Anton Castillo.
But during the game, players also have the freedom to collect and manage roosters in the mini-game.
The challenge is also set up similar to a fighting game, including a character selection screen, special moves, and multiple rounds. While some players appeared to welcome the change in dynamics, others condemned the game maker’s decision to include cockfighting.
PETA’s Latino branch went on Twitter to bring up the mini-game.
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“Racist and speciesist. Contrasted with your defense of your cockfight # FarCry6 Mini-game, cruelty is not “Latin American culture”. The glorification of violence against animals as entertainment must stop. Be ashamed, “they wrote.
Alicia Aguayo, PETA’s senior manager, also shared a statement on the controversy.
“Turning a terrible blood sport like cockfighting into a Mortal Kombat-style video game match is a far cry from true innovation as society today is strongly opposed to forcing animals to fight to the death,” she said in part.
Cockfighting is still allowed in Cuba, which is believed to be the source of Yara’s inspiration. The animals do not appear to bleed or die during the fighting. However, they lose feathers as they go from beak to beak with the other roosters.
Some social media users have agreed with PETA’s views on the game.
“There are several reasons why Cockfight can be problematic as a mini-game: 1. It’s violent, inhuman and illegal, 2. There are many more interesting traditional Latin American games, 3. Any developer. Far Cry 6 could have come up with a more creative mini-game, ”someone wrote.
“To be honest, I’m not sure why nowhere else are more people bothering to have a cockfighting mini-game. People would feel different if it was a dogfight mini-game like it isn’t, hunt or w / e. It’s just bold animal cruelty. That’s damn weird, man, ”added another.
Far Cry 6 isn’t the only game PETA has publicly proclaimed.
You have also spoken out against it Animal Crossing: New Horizons for its in-game museum and the treatment of the fish.
At the time of writing, Ubisoft does not appear to have publicly commented on the upheaval.