PETA Says Battlefield 3 Rat Stabbing “Sadistic”

PETA Says Battlefield 3 Rat Stabbing “Sadistic”

The German arm of the animal rights group, PETA, has issued a press release accusing Battlefield 3 developer, DICE, of encouraging sadistic and violent behaviour towards animals through its rat-stabbing gameplay option.

The press release, which has been translated into English, condemns a sequence in the single-player campaign where the player is crawling through pipes and can kill rats by stabbing them. The organisation claims that the sequence encourages sadistic violence towards animals.

“The realistic computer game Battlefield 3 treats animals in a sadistic manner,” it read.

“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… 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.”

This isn’t the first time PETA has gotten involved with video games. Last year the organisation created Super Tofu Boy in response to the lack of vegetarian options in Super Meat Boy.

Have you played through the rat-stabbing sequence in Battlefield 3? What did you think of it? Is it unnecessary violence, or does it work in context? Let us know!



  • Look at the facts people : nobody had killed a rat until BF3 came along. Now? Hell, I can’t feel normal without stabbing a rat before breakfast.

    • I played “Shadow of Rome” on the PS2 and I chucked tons of rats as if they were bricks. I guess cause the game wasn’t mainstream that nobody gave a shit.
      Also in Metal Gear Solid, how many times have I killed or put to sleep little creatures and eaten them!

    • I dont normally stab rats, but when I do, I stab them WITH RATS.

      And didnt the video clip show stabbing the rat was a BAD IDEA?

    • Lets hope the opening mission for Skyrim isn’t as rat infested as Oblivion was or we will be hearing from peta again next week. If I remember in Oblivion you not only killed rats but also butchered them for their meat, so you could mince it up later on with herbs and spices you collected through your journey to make some tasty rat burgers.

  • I think it is unnecessary, but most gamers and people for that matter wouldn’t even flinch when they see or do it in the game, considering how people try to exterminate rats from their home and properties. I wonder if PETA made a fuss about how you can snap a dogs neck in call of duty before it rips your throat out

  • I don’t understand why they’re so militant about EVERYTHING. The tone they always project is one for disdain for any one that isn’t apart of their organization.

        • Just for that they’re going to wait by your front door and pour red paint over you, while screaming like crazed maniacs.

        • That’s just cra… wait a minute… He’s right! All the major conflicts on this Earth can be explained by bacon-hate! In particular the ongoing feud between pigs and geese.

  • “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.” I’d really love to see there evidence to back up that claim.

    • Be reasonable now. You can’t expect a group like PETA to make outlandish claims and then back them up with actual evidence. That would be entirely unfair and deprive them of all their ammunition.

      Well, all of their ammunition that isn’t red paint being splashed on fur coats.

    • To the best of my knowledge, there isn’t a single supported peer-reviewed study out there linking violent or aggressive behaviour to acts demonstrated in video games. All there is is supposition and unsubstantiated rumour. If this is the “evidence” they cite, then I have several other pieces of “evidence” for them:

      The moon is bade of jelly.

      Under the deep ocean there’s a hidden civilisation of crab-men

      Deep down inside we’re all made of clay.

      Grow the hell up, PETA

  • PETA’s bollocks aside, does anyone else see the inclusion of Quicktime events as weak gameplay elements? Cos that’s the first thing I thought when I experienced this…

    • Yeah, I did… I know they’re going for ‘cinematic’, but surely there’s a way to do that without making the game a QTE fest.

  • Hm… so if stabbing rats in Battlefield 3 angers PETA, then slicing, cutting, smashing -EVERY CREATURE- in Skyrim will most likely cause an uproar.

    Yes, I can see it now.

  • The rat in the game was biting the soldier. He was protecting himself against tetanus and as shown in the above clip it was either his life or the rat’s.

  • So from the clip, if you don’t stab the rat, you get killed? Perhaps if there was some kind of choice in killing the rat or not, it wouldn’t be seen as an issue. If you have to stab the rat to progress the game, I can understand why the animal lovers have a problem with this

  • Could not get past this part in the game due my involvement with PETA. I just had to let the rat keep killing me over and over again.

  • I’d understand PETA if you chopped all the legs off the rat… then it’s tail and watch it writhe… i.e. intentional and deliberate cruelty.

    The way it was done in the game was fairly humane considering the whole war setting.

    Jeez I think a rat trap is far worse way to kill an animal as some times they don’t inst-kill and the animal takes a while to die.

    I also really get annoyed when zealous organizations automatically associate games with animal cruelty. Well maybe PETA, they are people with severe mental and social problems…but that can’t be it, it MUST be games. And really I can’t think of many games that could inspire animal cruelty.

  • I played this last night, on my first paythrough, I died because the Rat ate my finger????????????

    Die rat Die! Revenge is sweet.

    I like animals but i have killed a number of rats and mice in my time. All with poison or traps. I would not stab them, but i will still kill them.

    Also, why are PETA going on about this, when there are hundreds of PEOPLE being killed in the game!!!! Seriously, one Rat… awesome job PETA.

  • Wether you agree with PETA or not, I personally found this little event completely stupid and unnecessary. Not to mention the inclusion of quick time events on PC is just plain frustrating.

  • Ughhh as a vegan I think this is dumb. I’m not ANTI-PETA because sometimes they do argue the right way or bring up good points, but every now and then they do something that hurts the cause and image of vegans. I think this is one of them/vegetarians.

    • They’re a terrorist group full of hypocritical idiots. You should read up on them, I think their wish to rename fish as ‘sea kittens’ is as good a place to start as any. If you’re vegan, or otherwise, run far away from them.

  • PETA are a bunch of idiots who want freedom for all animals, every single one. That means no pets either.

    Why can’t a logical animal rights group step up?

  • I’m suprised they haven’t tried to find anymore rat cruelty in games. How about all those poor rats my vampire sucked in The Masquerade: Bloodlines?

  • It’s funny, as I was playing the BF3 campaign as saw this bit, I wondered how long it would take PETA to jump on the hype bandwagon and get their name out there again. Took longer than expected to be honest.

  • He tries 4 times to shoo the dirty rat away be stabbing it!!!!

    Fucking PETA, stupid claims like this only hurt their cause by undermining their own integrity.

  • Can’t wait till they get attacked by a blood thirsty RAT the wants your balls for breakfast… then we’ll see who puts a pretty bow on it and calls it Roger.

  • Oh Peta, they’ve remained rather silent so they decide to pick on a video game. That’s pathetic, what a bunch of losers. Who wouldn’t want to stab a rat which is fearless that’s trying to chew your f****** hand off. Otherwise I’ve got no quarrels against any other animal unless it’s attacking me. Let’s set a lion onto the German arm of Peta, see how they like animals attacking.

  • Can’t remember if they have or not, but have they been this pissy about DNF for being encouraged to shoot rats when you were small or crush rats under your foot or in the palm of your hand when you were normal sized?

  • Clearly PETA dont understand that it’s a life or death situation. You aren’t just stabbing the rat for fun, its a simple case of you stab the rat OR YOU DIE.

  • anyone who played world of warcraft would probably laugh at this now….since we have an achievement to kill 50k critters

    never heard a peep from PETA

  • Not surprising, your typical PETA member tends to have more in common with a rat than a rational human being.

  • They are fanatics, just like the Christian Lobby. Instead of “the children” they think of “the animals”.

    Personally it irks me.

  • PETA is the legitimate front for what is essentially an eco-terrorist organisation.

    They promtoe animal welfare and are perfectly fine with that being at the cost of human welfare. They are more than prepared to promote their slightly unhinged agenda in ways that are illegal and immoral and their arguments constantly lack focus, logic and reasonable alternatives.

    Animal rights are definitely something we should be doing more about, but these guys are not the answer. They consistently do more harm than good and in the past, their money has been funnelled into associated organisations who are willing to destroy property and potentially endanger the lives of humans in order to enact an unrealistic ideal.

    TL:DR – Fuck PETA.

  • “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.”

    Proof?? I thought not…

    That reminds me… I need to get some mouse-traps…

  • I would’ve liked dialogue options with said rat. I’d be all macho renegade and get my stern Shepard face on.

    But seriously, ACL need to be crucified and PETA need to be eaten alive by a horde of rats.

  • Dear PETA,

    While we respect your right to an opinion, at the same time we wish you’d keep it to yourselves.

    Battlefield players and gamers everywhere.

  • Underneath the bridge
    The tarp has sprung a leak
    And the animals I’ve trapped
    All become my pets
    And I give them enough of grass
    And the drippings from my ceiling
    it’s ok to stab virtual rats
    ‘Cause they don’t have any feelings

  • I support some of what PETA does, asthey have done some good things and exposed many cases of cruelty.
    But they do go stupid sometimes. This is another one of those times. It’s just a game.

  • Mission objective to kill humans. Okay.

    Irrelevant option to kill animals: Not okay.

    Oh PETA, you and your priorities.

  • there were a couple dogs in the game too, was a little disappointed that i couldnt stab them 🙁

    did PETA mention anything about the chicken stomping in gears 3 😀

  • This makes me think of that scene in Mission Impossible where Jean Reno kills a rat with his teeth. HIS TEETH. The man is awesome.

  • So sick of hearing PETAs name. Stupid, moronic extremists. I wish they weren’t so popular with out of work actresses we all want to see naked..

  • If people become ‘inspired’ by games to commit acts of animal cruelty, then they were already thinking about committing the act before playing the game. Therefore, such people already had such disturbed thoughts for a very long time, and its important that such people are given the help and counseling that they need. Games themselves do not inspire people to harm in real life, they strengthen and emphasise the homicidal feelings people already had. Ive played countless violent games, and I have never though about enacting similar violence on anyone.

  • PETA’s idiotic. They’re dumber than Lindsay Lohan and crazier than Michelle Bachmann and that’s setting the bar pretty low.

    I played that level and knifed the rat. Its self-defense. And I’m someone who years ago had a pet rat that jumped onto a tile floor hitting his head and basically “died”. I had to mouth to muzzle it and press on its chest so it would breath again and get its heart beating–it did work though.

    I gave a rat CPR and I think that PETA is stupid.

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