Far Cry 5’s first few trailers stirred up quite the controversy and made headlines like there was no tomorrow. After information came out from Ubisoft what Far Cry 5 was about the game was criticized once more. The official launch of the game also garnered bad reviews around various publication sites, because the game did not fit into a specific viewpoint or narrative. Now Far Cry 5 is under fire (or water) once again, but this time it involves PETA due to the game “glorifying” fishes being baited and killed.
According to publication site comicbook.com, it has been brought to light that Ubisoft and Far Cry 5 are “glorifying” the act of fish abuse. PETA felt that a written post is warranted due to the game’s portrayal of fishing and how fishes act in real life, creating an uncomfortable situation for the company and real-world fishes.
You can check out the written report by PETA regarding Far Cry 5’s portrayal of fishes, fishing, and the aftermath it causes on peta.de or by reading the translated version below:
“In some intelligence tests, fish fare better than chimpanzees, orangutans and capuchin monkeys . They have a complex social life and sometimes close close friendships. Some fish sing like birds at dawn in chorus, others protect their young, by the offspring in case of danger in the mouth or guard the eggs for weeks . But above all: you feel anxiety, stress and pain. In addition to international scientific studies, the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, comes to the conclusion in its statement for the Federal Government that “fish are capable of pain perception and should accordingly be treated and protected as sensitive living beings.”
“Fishing means luring fish into a trap, exposing them to fear and shortness of breath for minutes or even hours, as well as to an agonizing death struggle before being killed or often cut alive.” Tanja Breining, marine biologist and specialist for fish and marine animals at PETA. “Today we know that a fish is somebody, not something, and it is an indictment to promote fishing. Fish are curious vertebrates with individual personalities.”
“While in the previous game fish were killed with explosives, the player in Far Cry 5 can catch different kinds of fish with the fishing rod and gets different points of view depending on the type of fish. PETA now appeals to the German representation of the game developer, the Ubisoft GmbH in Dusseldorf, in the future no longer to market video games in Germany, glorifying and banalizing the hunting and killing of fish or other animals. The animal rights organization proposes instead to develop games with free-living animals that do not glorify killing as a pastime.”
In other words, PETA seeks to find a bottom line to Far Cry 5’s portrayal of fishing, which either means Ubisoft in the future could no longer market video games in Germany “glorifying and banalizing” the hunting and killing of fish and other animals or Ubisoft can develop games “with free-living animals that do not glorify killing as a pastime.”
As of this writing, Ubisoft has not made a statement or response to the above notice, but if any response is made we’ll update you on the situation at hand.