GTA V Online Petitioned for Hunting, Animal Abuse [Graphic Videos]

hunting and animal abuse in gta game

Ten days after the official launch of GTA V Online, the game’s creators are being petitioned due to the portrayal of extreme hunting and animal abuse in the game. Gamers are able at any time to take out their character’s frustrations on the local urban wildlife such as dogs and chickens, and a hunting option is available later on in the game. These features have parents, animal lovers and activists upset with the game developers.

At a certain point in gameplay, GTA V Online players will gain control over the character of “Trevor”; using this character, they must complete the “Strangers and Freaks?” mission, after which they are introduced to Cletus. Cletus is a hunting fanatic who teaches the gamer how to target and shoot coyotes, as well as car tires and satellites. With this basic training, gamers can travel to Bayview Lodge in the Paleto Forest and partake of many different hunting missions.

Grand Theft Auto, one of the most popular video games of all time, has a reputation as a violent, misogynistic game that allows its players to beat each other senseless or kill one another for profit. This is the first GTA release where the violence is not confined to the human race. Dogs, sharks, ducks, chickens, cougars, deer and other species are the target of violent hunting methods and even abuse that is unnecessary to the plot. The violent content of the latest GTA release has prompted an online petition to the game’s creator, RockStarGames, to tone it down.

More than 10 000 signatures have already been gathered via The Petition Site. Signatories accuse game creators of choosing profits over ethics, stating:

We the undersigned are appalled at the violence in Grand Theft Auto V, much of which is directed at animals. It is far too easy for gaming violence to cross over to real world violence–when the target is helpless to defend itself. Gaming violence against humans can not easily be duplicated in real life because of laws and social pressures that prevent such cruelty. The same, lamentably, cannot be said for animals.

People protesting the game are concerned that children and adults alike are being given poor social cues that make them think animal abuse is funny and unimportant. The animal rights group In Defense of Animals has gone so far as to call a boycott of GTA V because it believes that the game’s creators have painted a virtual target on the backs of real, living animals.

Petitioners say “Grand Theft Auto is one of the most popular video games of all time. It’s time for its publisher to take some ethical responsibility for its content. Tell RockstarGames not to promote violence to animals in its games!” RockStarGames has already faced a great deal of backlash for its portrayal of animal violence and abuse in the game Red Dead Redemption, wherein players hunt and kill over 30 species of animal. The creators seem either oblivious to the protests over GTA V Online, or simply nonchalant about the frequent animal abuse and extreme measures of hunting portrayed in the game. The following videos show the hunting segment and the rampant abuse of a virtual dog.

Written by Mandy Gardner

The Petition Site – Grand Theft Auto V Promotes Violence to Animals

Prima Games – Grand Theft Auto 5 Hunting Guide

 RockStarGames – Red Dead Redemption

87 Responses to GTA V Online Petitioned for Hunting, Animal Abuse [Graphic Videos]

  1. Christian April 5, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Really? It is a video game. Why don’t we get a petition to stop the abuse of animals in the meat, dairy, clothing, and entertainment industries and stop worrying about what happens in a computer generated world.

  2. Shrek April 4, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Come on people, I don’t think Rockstar Games has painted a virtual target at animals. When they were in the process of creating the game, I’m sure they were not thinking ” Hey lets put animals in here so people kill more of them in real life!” come on people, if parents are worried about animal violence, the kids shouldn’t be playing the game, as there is much worse kinds of violence.

  3. Justin March 20, 2014 at 7:56 am

    iTS ONLY A GAME!!!! vIrTuAl AnIMaLs!?!? Come on people… It would make the game so much more realistic feeling actually seeing the birds you are hearing . Also having horse races at the track and betting on them. We need animals in gta online

  4. johndoe March 10, 2014 at 8:11 am

    u animal rights activists are so gay, who df cares about animals dying in a game

    fk u bches

    u fking fags, stupid bches


    • jadiel March 10, 2014 at 8:17 am


  5. jadiel March 6, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Almost forgot enjoy singing you’re petitions I’m sure ROCKSTAR GAMES (that’s how it’s spelled by the way ) would sure care if a couple of people who aren’t paying them and are whining about virtual video game violence in the game like ignorants . face the truth it has too many fans its a bunch of idiots with petitions against what an amazing game designer company with probably millions of fans and followers haha enjoy the petitions cross your fingers it works and dream big cause it isn’t going to do anything.

  6. jadiel March 6, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Amazing how writers are as intelligent to realize it is simply a game and there are millions of other games out there where you hunt animals and kill things but hey guess what its just a game get over it and stop whining about it go write about the sins youve done in your life and leave other people the heck out of it .

  7. Aaron Howell February 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    This is complete is a game.It is called parenting.Which requires SUPERVISION.I know that kids cannot be watched 24/7.

    Thats where teaching a child right from wrong and reality from make believe is placed upon a parent.I know there are people who have children that have no business having kids.Due to the “parent” themselves being d-bags themselves.

    Sadly those kids are at a severe disadvantage at life in general.All this aside.It is a game.And as an animal owner that loves his own.I do not find it appalling to kill a VIRTUAL animal.

    This is such trash.If you don’t like it.Don’t play/watch/listen.There are far more disturbing events in this game than “animal abuse”.

    Their petition is highly offensive to me.And has caused undue stress upon me and many others who oppose it. Does that mean I will get my way ? Nope.

  8. NotALandShark February 23, 2014 at 12:37 am

    So im sure plenty of people have already said this but if ur worried about someone getting violent ideas from a video game, Those people probably arent mature. And im sure the article is hinting towards those people becoming violent being children, which in that case just means those childrens parents are being careless and im sure theyre excuse for buying there children the game is because “its just a game”. Case and point. Bottom line ITS A PHUCKING GAME AND IF U HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT DONT BUY IT OR GIVE IT TO YOUR SPOILED IMMATURE CHILDREN. i wonder if parents even listen to there kids screaming and cursing on multiplayer games. I mean really? If u didnt already know the game wasnt for kids maybe you could have turned the case over. Or maybe you should think of the fact the name of the game is a crime? Ftw I feel like im ranting but this is just the drones being told what to do.

    • Vic 2.0 February 23, 2014 at 4:13 am

      While the whole thing with the animals remains the dumbest thing of all to petition, I must say that parents are rightfully concerned about the violence, sex, drugs, etc. in video games as well as other media. Now it is absolutely undeniable that parents are responsible when they BUY this stuff FOR their kids, because as you say it has the content of the game right there on the case (Even though, as a seasoned GTA player, the content in 5 surprised me and went a little overboard for even my tastes). Still, we shouldn’t pretend that it’s all on the parents at this point. It’s 2014. Kids are almost sure to see the content one way or the other, if only from the internet or their peers’ phones at school. So Rockstar is most definitely partially responsible even for kids seeing this stuff, because, you know, they CREATED it…

      But the animals? That’s a really dumb thing for parents (or anyone) to complain about, considering all this other stuff.

  9. Steve 'Wonder' Hawtin February 11, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Look what’s the big deal? If it were actually causing pain to an innocent animal fair enough, but it’s a bunch of pixels for crying out loud not a real living breathing creature, this is stupid. R* put animals in the GAME It’s only a game HF!


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