You all, no doubt, know PETA by now—the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA has been known to publicly attack media and games, such as Mario's tanooki suit or Pokémon Black and White Versions, rather than rallying against corporations who actually mistreat living, breathing creatures as opposed to their fictional counterparts.
This time, PETA is taking their complaints to the high seas in protest of whaling in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
"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
The complete oversight in comprehension, however, is what upsets me about this call to action. In depicting whaling in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Ubisoft is by no means trying to glorify the harpooning and subsequent abandonment of animals and revive the practice in modern day. Instead of encouraging gamers to go out and hunt whales, Ubisoft is trying to paint a historically accurate picture of the times in which to place fictional scenarios, and in my mind, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.