PETA France Has ‘Hunting Simulator 2’ in Its Crosshairs

For Immediate Release:

9 September 2020

Video Game Company Asked to Swap Guns for Cameras in Mission to Capture the Best Wildlife Photograph

Sydney – Following the release of Hunting Simulator 2, PETA France has sent a letter to Alain Falc, chair and CEO of French video game company Nacon, asking for the game to change direction by replacing the guns with telephoto lenses and making the goal to shoot the best photo of a wild animal.

“There are boundless opportunities for amusement, so it’s near psychopathic to get a thrill from gunning down other living beings, even in a virtual world,” says PETA Campaigns Adviser Mimi Bekhechi. “Nacon must stop glorifying violence towards animals by transforming the players of Hunting Simulator 2 into wildlife photographers and trading in the game’s guns for Canons.”

A study of deer hunting found that 11% of deer who’d been killed by hunters died only after being shot two or more times and that some wounded deer suffered for more than 15 minutes before dying. Unlike natural predators, who help maintain wildlife populations by killing off only the sickest and weakest individuals, hunters kill any animal whose head they’d like to hang over the fireplace – including large, healthy animals who are needed to keep the population strong.

Duck hunting, which is still permitted in South Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria as well as in private rice fields in New South Wales, further exacerbates the long-term population decline of ducks in wetlands, including species such as the freckled duck, which is listed as threatened in Victoria.

Also rife in Queensland and New South Wales is “pig dogging”, a cruel practice in which dogs are forced to hunt wild pigs, which is dangerous for both the pigs and dogs involved. Terrified pigs are mauled, sometimes even to death, by trained dogs if not found quickly by the hunter and stabbed or shot. The dogs are also often hurt when facing pigs much larger than themselves.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – notes that, while virtual, hunting games glamourise violence against animals and perpetuate speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

The letter is available upon request.

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