We should probably assume that every real-world animal is absolutely fine, because rights group PETA has decided to spend its time campaigning against Ubisoft for "glorifying" the hunting of virtual, non-existent whales in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Ubisoft has issued a response.
On Wednesday, the animal rights charity called the game 'disgraceful' after it was revealed that players could opt to harpoon whales. A statement read, "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."
Ubisoft has fired shots back at the organisation, with the following rebuke. "History is our playground in Assassin's Creed. Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag is a work of fiction that depicts the real events during the golden era of pirates.
"We do not condone illegal whaling, just as we don't condone a pirate lifestyle of poor hygiene, plundering, hijacking ships, and over-the legal-limit drunken debauchery."