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

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

  1. Ramon   January 23, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I am very surprised to why no one petitioned against Far Cry Games. The point of the game is to hunt animals and sometimes I kill them with a grenade. Makes no sense.

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  2. Danny Schmidt   January 13, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    a game where you are literally forced to torture someone, and these people are upset about fake animal abuse? people are so stupid sometimes. what do you think a pathetic petition is going to do to a game that thrives off controversy? They are laughing at you as the game continues to make millions of dollars. They just added a bunch more animals to the next gen versions. also gta online doesn’t even have animals in it. only the story mode.

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  3. Gerald   December 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Thats a good idea Leslie

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  4. retto   November 24, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Really, the game itself is named after a crime and it is know for being able to kill people. Idiots getting mad about stuff that isn’t real.

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  5. leslie   November 6, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Since it’s digital (it’s only fake animals after all), why don’t they put children in the game??? I’m sorry but I’ll refuse to play this game as long as there wont be any child to kill! If you allow the digital killing of men, women, eldery and animals why don’t you add children since everything is fake anyway????

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  6. michael marques   September 5, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Dumb people its a damn game there not real so no true animal cruelty crime has be done

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  7. Holly   September 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    What really pisses me off about this is…hunting is a sport, another thing..what about all these hunting games that are always coming out? Oh wait, they aren’t a big company, so they won’t waste their time with those games. I highly doubt people are going to go online to kill virtual animals. I do love this quote “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”…children shouldn’t be playing for one and secondly if adults think it’s “funny or unimportant” then they have mental health issues…Don’t even get me going on this subject!! Just put the damn animals in the game like it was suppose to be and all the butt hurt people need to stop enjoying everyone else’s enjoyments. Go worry about real animals that actually need our help if you’re so damn concerned!!

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    • Holly   September 3, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Edit (typo)

      stop ruining everyone else’s enjoyments*

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  8. Katherine Anne   August 5, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I was so expecting so much for this game…Not even a single bird… I wanted to go hunting with friends,and of course, none of this will ever happen. Congratulations to the CHILDREN playing this game, and the PARENTS for buying it for unsuitable viewers. Thanks, for your complaints.

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  9. Travis Peach   June 29, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I honestly see no issue with people doing what they wish INSIDE A VIDEO GAME. Are people these days so ignorant that they believe that games are real life now? How about instead of worrying about abuse INSIDE A GAME, these pansies can worry about REAL LIFE ABUSE. What a concept! You mean you can actually do something about abuse in real life? I would’ve never guessed! So people, leave the game companies to do as they wish, be good parents and no harm will come of these situations. People these days, I swear..

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  10. Jason Roé   May 25, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    What I’m having trouble understanding here is.. if violence against animals is such a big deal in this game… where are the human rights people.. People are more concerned about kids killing animals in a videogame than they are about kids killing other human beings in a videogame? Where are the people out there a who are against owning and using weapons?! .. seriously.. don’t try and cherry-pick whats wrong with something while ignoring issues that are clearly more important..

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  11. Scott   May 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    it says “These features have PARENTS, animal lovers and activists upset with the game developers” the game is an 18 why are parents letting their kids play the game in the first place?

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  12. Joe   May 24, 2014 at 3:00 am

    Really, people are mad about killing animals? What about all the people you kill, I think that’s a little bit worst than killing animals.

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  13. 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.

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  14. 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.

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  15. 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

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  16. 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

    LET US HAVE FUN

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    • jadiel   March 10, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Lolololoool

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  17. 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.

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  18. 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 .

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

    This is complete BS.it 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.

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  20. 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.

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    • 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.

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  21. 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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  22. GTA5   February 5, 2014 at 1:01 am

    I hate “news” sites with idiot writers. This article should be about GTA V not GTA Online. Mandy is almost as dumb as the people petitioning. Also, GTA IV and EFLC had pigeons and seagulls getting shot as a collectible. Derp. Oh and it’s Rockstar Games not RockStarGames. Double Derp.

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  23. dave johnson   January 25, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    This is completely insane, i say lets start a petition stating that the creators of this anti animal abuse petition be forbidden from having children and diluting the I.Q. of the world. furthermore what about games like cabelas where the actually goal is to hunt and kill animals where as gta v other than the hunting side mission there is no other mission or anything there of that ask you or tells you to hurt or kill or abuse any animal and that only the individual them self’s chooses to do so.

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    • BOOM!   January 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      THANK YOU! If parents are gonna complain about those kind of BS maybe they should check the game is only for! RATED M for MATURE! not Rated T or E. Idiots this days will ruin everything just for their precious baby. I say we all start a petition that R* put the animals back in. and those PEST should stop complaining about the damn GAME! People bought the game for $60 to fully enjoy it and before they buy a game they better make sure the game is really for their kids.! Idiots of Society.

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  24. Canablis I'Tika   January 24, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Pathetic…VIDEO GAME, PEOPLE….Why not petition disney for BAMBI?? Get the scene cut and re-released???

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  25. Steven   January 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    This just makes me want to get my gun ready and go shoot a deer now oh well

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  26. anthony p   January 20, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    It is just amazing what people will start complaining about when they aren’t getting any.

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  27. Luis   January 14, 2014 at 8:49 am

    There’s real animal abuse, animals starving, child abuse, and kids are starving, BUT they’re worried about fake animal abuse. *CLAP* *CLAP* *CLAP* *CLAP*

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  28. Tommy   January 4, 2014 at 9:48 am

    So I guess a man walking on the sidewalk with his back turned is not defenseless against a guy with a AK-47.

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  29. BEN   December 25, 2013 at 1:38 am

    OMFG!!!! lets see 90% of the parents who complain. bought it for there 9 year old.. first off the game is rated M,, 17 and older.. then you go and complain about it…. how do you have the damn right to say its disgusting.. when u bought a m game for you LITTLE CHILD!!. im so tired of hearing little kids on gta online.. now you have nothing better to do than go after this game? get the f otta here. its NOT REALLLLL ITS A FREAKING GAME… CODES AND WIRE FRAMES… GO do something worth your time and our MONEY… im sick and tired of hearing aboutt games being attacked by morons like these.. oh is disgusting its not normal.. oh boo freaking WHOO.. get over your self..
    Lucy October 11, 2013 at 2:43 am

    This is disgusting and the people above who see nothing wrong are the reason the world is such a mess. Driving through a fence to purposely hit a dog then proceeding to beat it to death is not normal in a game or for real and if you get pleasure from it you need to take a good look at yourself. and look at you you make i a mess. its freaking FAKE!!!!!!! go take cARE OF YOUR KIDS AND DRINK YOUR WINE AND TAKE ANOTHER AMBIEN…

    DEE October 11, 2013 at 3:32 am

    PLEASE BAN ALL VIDEOS & GAMES THAT DEPICT VIOLENCE AGAINST ANIMALS!! THIS IS WHERE SOME OF THESE PSYCHO MONSTERS GET THEIR IDEAS FROM!!
    PLEASE STOP IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! are you mental? humans have been pyscho and killing animals and harming them waaaayyy before Video games.. your just a idiot..

    sallyjane October 11, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Pure evil. Cruelty with people actually defending it.They are just as evil! STOP THE EVIL. STOP THE CRUELTY!I not real DUUHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! freakin my god… and i bet you go to church and pray to your porcelain god!! like you have never done and “evil” thing…

    GET OVER IT!!!!

    Gina Damoci-Melson October 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    All these games are out of control and teaching our youth the WRONG things,PERIOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its no hard to teach our youth it jus a video game you dont really do this.. no your prolly some lazy mom sits on her nehind. expecting the whole world to teach your child things you should nobe teaching..

    Serioudly every person who is against this has some serious issues..and need to pay attention to there OWN KIDS! i bet half of you are moms that dont do crap but baby your kids to death… im sorry but this is just pathetic. i only found this looking for the new updates for gta.. and ill say i have 2 boys.. they wont see this game until they are of age. i dont even play it around them.. its funny.. you all are funny..

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    • Vic 2.0   December 25, 2013 at 8:07 am

      “90% of the parents who complain. bought it for there 9 year old..”

      That’s quite an exaggeration, on many levels. I would think most parents who complain are simply aware of OTHER parents who have done this (bought GTA games for their little kids). That’s certainly my story. It bothers me much more now that I have a child than it did before. I acknowledge the absolutely inexcusable act of a parent buying the latest GTA games for their young children, but at the same time, I do not exonerate Rockstar for putting sick, evil, perverted crap in their games just for the sake of doing so, specifically because they know most kids are going to be exposed to it one way or another before they come “of age”.

      This, however, is to speak of the nudity, overly explicit voiceovers if you hire a prostitute, the torture scene, etc… not the bit about them having animals in the game. I agree with most of the people here when they say that’s just a stupid thing to get upset about, considering what the GTA series is all about in the first place.

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    • Bradon   December 26, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      HERE HERE!

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  30. mettamaniac   December 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Its not real, it is a game, why don’t thy petition actual hunting, do something usefull instead of spoiling something that they have no interest in, or even understand… I have been watching 24 recently, I feel the urge to torture people for the good of my country. 🙂

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    • Vic 2.0   December 25, 2013 at 8:12 am

      I also think their getting upset about this is really stupid. But just to play devil’s advocate…

      Perhaps there is a tiny percent of their rage that is justifiable. To the extent that animals are like children (in that they do not have much chance of defending themselves against a grown man), maybe their subconscious is seeing it from that angle. “Just a game” is a true enough argument, but even Rockstar said they would never include children in their games, and it makes you wonder why, exactly.

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  31. catkiller   December 17, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I guess I have to go kill real animals now.

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  32. Vic 2.0   December 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    GTA 5 is a really dumb (though beautiful!) game. That being said, it’s even more dumb to protest against animal cruelty in video games while cruelty to HUMANS has been generally a-ok for decades!

    You know who was cruel to animals? Mario. He was very anti-turtle 🙁

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  33. Austin   December 7, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    What the hell people in GTA 4 for an achievement you had to kill pigeons I didn’t hear anything on that its a game a game and one more time a game people who hurt animals regardless of playing a game are going to do it anyway so stop with the games are messing up the kids no it the parents who let them play so pleas rockstar don’t listen to these people they are stupid there are more gamers Who know the difference between reality and fiction then there are that don’t otherwise games wouldn’t be here today so pleas add the animals oh and if people want to kill them they can still do it offline so it don’t matter if its online think about it

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  34. Gregory Adolf   November 22, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    So lame this is why I am unable to own a pet dog online this is why I cant play gta 5 online with no animals because of these tree hugging animal loving dip shets. For the love of God people it’s a game of violence if we were to start talking ethics we would cancel out the ability to run over pedestrian and then ironically take out the abiltity to steal and kill, Its GTA god damnit now n days people love to be so sensitive towards things, “oh you can kill people in a game, just not animals” lol. I hope all of those people get eaten alive by their domesticated animals.

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  35. Randy   November 10, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    This game is rated M for Mature, That means it is not recommended for children. Most adults understand that animal abuse is wrong, if you cannot distinguish right from wrong well you should seek help. Hunters such as myself understand that hunting is for food, not pleasure.
    The game is rated M for Mature audiences only, meaning no one under the age of 18 is recommended for this game. Yes it does contain violence, but take it into context: What is the difference between beating some NPC ( Non Playable Computer) senseless over shooting the npc animal with a RPG? If you don’t feel your child is ready, or cannot distinguish right and wrong, then step up as a parent and don’t buy the game for them.

    As an adult we all know that animal abuse is wrong, there are a few nut cases that cannot comprehend that, but is that any reason to judge an entire community? The law’s for animal abuse are just as serious as taking someones life, this is well known across the U.S. Am I condoning it in game? Yes because it is JUST A VIDEO GAME, there is a vary bold difference between reality and a made up world. As stated if you cannot differentiate right and wrong, seek help or step up as a parent.

    The hunting community is a vary tight knit group that knows that a game animal is for food, not to wound and let it suffer. We hunt for our family, our goal is to take the targeted animal peacefully; causing little to no pain or stress to that one animal. Hunting with an RPG, may be over kill but it still meets the same goal, little to no pain. Would there be any meat left, most likely not but there again comes to mind IT IS A VIDEO GAME.

    The idea that it’s easily transferable violence is ignorant. We are all well aware of the consequences of taking a real living beings life, they do not “Spawn” again death is permanent. If you feel that your child cannot handle such ideas step up and don’t get them a game rated M for MATURE, if you feel you cannot handle such ideas then seek help. I grew up on Grand Theft Auto, all of them; There is no thought in my head about taking someones life, or beating my dog senseless, why you may ask? Because there is reality, with reality comes consequences for your actions. In a video game, well it’s just that a video game.

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    • builder6039   November 13, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      Couldn’t we just petition to have animals returned to GTA 5 online? maybe if we can out number their signatures it might get them to put them back in the game (Hunting included)

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  36. Andrew   November 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    rockstar look as everyone has clearly stated its a rated M game meaning its suposed to have strong content for children who probably got seen doing things to animals wich caused the misunderstanding for real put animals into online and if parents dont like animals being killed why did they buy the game for their kid so please recapacitate a little bit and just tell these people who are signing the petition to take animals of thtat if they dont like the game for their kid just sell it and problem is over, another thing this is real life people these days these things happen in real life so doing it in a video game is not a crime so killing animals isnt even the strongest part of the game cause there are hookers, guns, civilian killing, alcohol, drugs and other mature content PS: PLEASE READ THE MESSAGE

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    • builder6039   November 9, 2013 at 9:20 am

      Well, Video Games mostly lower rates a violence in a way. Think about it from my point of view. Lets say a child hates their neighbors dog for keeping them awake every night or something of that sort. And that they would just love to beat the crap out of it. They could take action… However, they choose to go on Grand Theft Auto V and beat up a pixelated dog instead of committing the crime in real life… so in a way they can be helpful. So really its more of choosing between this hypocritical petition standpoint or a realistic one.

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      • builder6039   November 9, 2013 at 9:27 am

        Wow I just went and looked at the petition. Rockstar I hope you would just ignore this one. Its pathetic in more then one way. For once its on some cheap online site. Two its more than likely a lot of these signatures are coming from people who have no idea what Grand Theft Auto is. Three its being shared by people begging their friends to sign whether or not the friends agree.

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  37. dgfhdfhg   November 6, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Do these people want to come in and change the tv channel when you’ve been framed comes on showing a dog running into a door as it might suggest to me to make my dog run into the door! People get a life and save the real world and let us destroy ovr imaginary one. Some people have too much time on their hands.

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  38. Jebus   October 26, 2013 at 4:07 am

    I never did care for PETA bread..

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  39. Slyzxx   October 21, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Animal videogame hunting has been around since the 80s with duck, In gta there’s no sign or mission that encourages animal cruelty especially for kittens, second this game is rated M that has a meaning for it it’s called mature not kids stupid parents oh Btw I never say any kittens

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    • Vic 2.0   December 25, 2013 at 8:20 am

      That’s a good point, about it being optional. The torture scene was largely criticized because it WASN’T optional (you have to do it to progress the storyline). Essentially, you can’t complain about content YOU create (e.g., if you YOU beat an old man to death in GTA, then you need only look at yourself in the mirror to see the real monster). I know I badmouth GTA 5 for its including nudity when you go to the strip club and explicit voiceovers when you choose to hire a prostitute. But that’s because I don’t see how it has anything to do with an action game that’s supposed to excite me in a whole other way, quite frankly! More a criticism from a gamer’s standpoint than a moral one (though I do officially think the devs at Rockstar are perverts now).

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  40. Nate   October 20, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Thanks for the publicity for Rockstar, no one really cares since its VIRTUAL ANIMALS, hell i enjoy randomly hitting the deer since they cross the road too much, by the way i have a dog and some cats and i would never dare hurt them so you cant say i would, If this is seriously so high on the agenda list for preventing animal abuse then you all need to get your minds washed and look at real life, not video games..

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  41. SmartGuy   October 20, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Hunting is not animal abuse, and just because the game doesn’t stop you from shooting a dog that doesn’t mean it encourages killing a dog in the game or in real life. You are never told to abuse animals in this game and it is not encouraged whatsoever. Same with pedestrians in the game. It is NOT encouraged to run over them, and the cops come after you to stop you if you do.

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  42. Johnny on the spot   October 17, 2013 at 7:58 am

    This game is rated MATURE…yet I have seen COUNTLESS children playing. Parents buying it for their kids with no remorse or concern…THEN…I run across this article talking about animal abuse….RIDICULOUS…sooooo it is ok to beat a human to death, have sex with a prostitute and then stab her, run people over with cars and torture other humans…but killing a dog is someones concern? This planet is doomed.

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    • builder6039   November 9, 2013 at 9:30 am

      I couldn’t have said it better.

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    • Vic 2.0   December 25, 2013 at 8:25 am

      I don’t think the parents who are buying this game for their kids are generally the ones complaining about this. Those parents are either oblivious or could care less what their kids see/hear (There’s a lot worse in this game than the optional ability to kick a dog).

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  43. Doku   October 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Ultimately the only thing to come out of such things as this is that PETA and whoever get free publicity,Rockstar gets free publicity, and that’s the only thing that happens.

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  44. gavin   October 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Here’s what I say… IF YOU BOUGHT IT FOR YOUR OWN KID A RATED M GAME THEN DONT COMPLAIN, Secondly SCREW OFF PETA OTHER GAMES ARE FAR MORE ANIMAL VIOLENT

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  45. alma   October 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Prov.12:10 The kindness of the wicked is cruelty
    Psalm 101:3 Set no wicked thing before your eyes
    When we participate with evil by entertaining it, we open doors for evil forces into our
    lives.
    You reap what you sow.

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    • Doku   October 16, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Ohh you repeated quotes from a book.Good for you!

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    • Vic 2.0   December 25, 2013 at 8:38 am

      I realize that there’s no convincing most Christians that it’s OK to play games like GTA, but I must say I don’t find a bunch of pixels on a screen (no matter how realistic the image they form looks) a “wicked” thing (wicked meaning evil, in this context). I find it entirely unrelated to moral rightness/wrongness, like a favorite style of music. Nothing to “reap”, because nothing is being “sowed” in the grand scheme of things.

      I do agree that we have every right and should maintain the inclination to question the mentalities of those who MAKE the game, and based on this judgment we can choose whether or not to support them (I will not buy another GTA game unless they take out the needless nudity, explicit voiceovers for prostitutes, and scenes like the torture scene, which is highly unlikely). But that’s because I think it’s stupid to put this garbage in a genre that’s supposed to stimulate senses related to an action game, not give me a hard-on or depress me like an installment in the Saw movie series.

      But at least you have your convictions. That’s a refreshing and encouraging thing to witness, at any rate.

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  46. Anonymous   October 15, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I over read alot of comments on this. It is true that this just a game and that if you think it has an impact on the young world, dont let them play. For example Trevor is a sicko crazed man yet no one argues over that fact. I hear the word niggah alot in the game but no one argues over that. So just because we love to drive and kill animals that by the way arent real, it doesnt mean anything. If you heros want to save the youth then do something about the government shutdown so they’ll have the money to by food and not go killing animals to survive.

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  47. Joe   October 14, 2013 at 10:23 am

    IT’S A VIDEO GAME!!!!……..you could run over the animal with a train if possible and it wouldn’t matter, PIXELS were killed in a GAME….not a REAL DOG!. Jeez, someone always has to have a piss and moan about something don’t they. There was a game called “PAIN” a while ago, which you had to inflict as much pain on yourself in it as possible for the highest score. I never once seen my kids jumping in front of cars etc because they played it.

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  48. Gina Damoci-Melson   October 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    All these games are out of control and teaching our youth the WRONG things,PERIOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • zack   October 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Have you never played Cabela’s dangerous hunts, Cabela’s safari, that game is specifically designed for you to learn how to shoot an animal and collect it, at least gta doesn’t go in depth on how to hunt and collect and skin the animal alive. There’s something wrong with you if you think a video game is the moral standard by which we live our lives. Its been done a million times, you will never win, because it’s a game.

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    • Anonymous   October 15, 2013 at 10:37 am

      You need a cock in that mouth to shut you up. 8====D~~

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    • brady   October 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      well mabey if you weren’t as stupid as you seem you would by your kids game that are rated there age not gta and if you saw the advertisements that said rated 18 and up or even looked at the game case that say NUDITY,EXTREME VIOLENCE and alot more things for ADULTS you wouldnt by them those game and they wouldnt see that stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Vic 2.0   December 25, 2013 at 8:59 am

      “All these games are out of control and teaching our youth the WRONG things,PERIOD !”

      Well, yes and no. I believe it is true that video games are having a negative influence on the youth, but this is because parents and other adults keep letting them play them not realizing (fellow parents, shield your eyes) most kids are NOT as prepared for this content as their parents like to believe. We all like to think our children are brilliant geniuses who are also wise far beyond their years, but only a minority of us are right. Take sex/nudity for example. We think that if we give our children the information on sex and all the risks that come with it, they are now ready to interact with digital strippers in GTA 5 or watch some other form of pornography. But to truly understand and appreciate the potential consequences of sex, you have to live it. Even we adults cannot possibly know what it means and how it will change our lives to be a parent until we become one. So yes, sex ed has its limitations.

      But, that’s not to say NO objectionable content should be in video games. Violence is not one of those things you have to live through to understand. Kids understand that it’s wrong from toddlerhood, and they fully comprehend what it means to get hurt. Further, society and the law help to remind them at every turn. To “teach our youth the wrong things”, a game needs some help in doing so. Not only does it need some idiot grownup to let a child play the game in the first place; it needs society and the law to either encourage or remain silent on the behavior before it can have an influence.

      But games are out of control, I’ll give you that. GTA 5 has soooo many F’ed up things in it for no apparent reason it’s not even funny… or fun, for that matter.

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  49. grail   October 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Shut up you whiny little babies. There is nothing wrong with portraying hunting animals in a video game. Guess what. There are entire games devoted to just hunting. Get over yourselves.

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  50. Chuck Shults   October 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Guys, it’s a satirical video game. I love animals, but I don’t feel offended about this. The game is meant to make fun our culture in extreme ways.

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    • Fssx   October 16, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      ^ This man gets it!!

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  51. Levi   October 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Hahahaha you guys are all babies. Its a game. Its not real. If your kids can’t distinguish real from fake I would suggest change your parenting ways and quit letting them live in a fantasy world. Because boy when they get out on their own they will be in for one hell of a wake up call!

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  52. Tiffany   October 11, 2013 at 7:12 am

    I wonder if the people signing this petition are all vegans. If not, maybe they should check into where their animal products come from. Those are way worse than a virtual being being killed.

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  53. Smith   October 11, 2013 at 7:05 am

    SURE, let’s ask a game creator to remove elements from a game because SOME people disagree with what OTHER people are capable of doing. There will always be sick people that will disgust civilized man, but this is ultimately about freedoms. This company can make their game do whatever they want because it’s constitutionally permitted. Just like playing them is just as much the same freedom as choosing which yuppie Starbucks coffee you protestors buy while washing down your overpriced scone. I’ve been gaming for nearly 30 years and realism is what this industry has been grasping for since the Atari. Get over yourself and fight something that is real. There are children in Africa that are forced into militant groups and some that starve parent-less because children are too expensive. Mind your business and find your own happy place and stop trying to ruin other peoples outlets of enjoyment. It doesn’t matter what someone else is doing with their free time because it’s “theirs” to enjoy. Now go back in your hole and wait for the next whiny oppressive bandwagon to jump on.

    Side Note: if you don’t want your child to play this game…then be a parent and supervise them. You can’t change the world, so give up fruitless attempts to express your opinion on others who have no desire in hearing it. And, quit whining…it’s unbecoming of an intellectually advanced species…or would you rather be a sheep. Your call.

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  54. Larry Lee   October 11, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Let’s ignore the fact that you can maim innocent people and focus on harming animals and boycott it. That thing can reach 1 million signatures, GTA had the biggest entertainment launch ever. Go fight a real cause like animal abuse in real life.

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  55. Dani (@DmGost99)   October 11, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Wow, I couldn’t even watch the whole video, disgusting. Poor dog. How do you guys get pleasure from this. And yeah maybe you normal people realize that it’s “just a game”; but guess what.. some sickos don’t. C’mon guys, this is too much. Animals can’t speak for themselves, there are barely laws protecting them. Let’s not make it fun and a game to hurt them.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/puppy-doe-mutilation-and-torture-case-puts-craigslist-free-pet-ads-under-fire

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    • SmartGuy   October 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      The point of the game isn’t abusing animals and most people don’t do this in the game. And besides was he rewarded for “killing” the dog? No. Was he even told to do it? No.

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  56. Danielle Gosta   October 11, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Wow I couldn’t even watch… c’mon guys this is sick. Poor dog. And yeah.. you normal people may realize it’s just a game; but guess what.. some sicko’s don’t. http://www.examiner.com/article/puppy-doe-mutilation-and-torture-case-puts-craigslist-free-pet-ads-under-fire

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  57. Tiago   October 11, 2013 at 5:05 am

    I’m the only one who think that “Save the DIGITAL animal” campaign is TOTALLY STUPID? So I can kill thousands of people in the game, but I can’t punch a cow?

    That’s so ridiculous.

    LET’S TRY TO PROTECT THE REAL ANIMALS NEXT TIME…

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  58. Jan Avenell_ Sutton   October 11, 2013 at 4:36 am

    I think there is enough evidence to believe that these sort of “so called games” are guiding the low intellect to copy. It made me feel ill just to watch one vile clip. I couldn’t watch another. WHY ON EARTH WOULD ANYONE ENJOY PLAYING ON OF THESE SO CALLED “GAMES”.

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  59. Jordan   October 11, 2013 at 3:44 am

    First I don’t know why parents have a problem with this game.. its is for people aged 18+ not your 12 year old kid..

    Secondly the game does not force you to do this.. so you problem should lie with the sick people doing these things not the game developers..

    Third while you are at it add these games to your list.. Skyrim, Battlefield, Call of Duty, Minecraft, Pokemon.. all these game involve killing, fighting and abuse to humans and animals..
    Especially Pokemon.. that game involves catching poor innocent creatures and forcing them to fight for your enjoyment.. but no that ok.. as long as the player can’t run them over with a car its fine..

    And i must say i don’t like the fact that people do this.. but all you are doing it wasting time fighting a game when you could be fighting to help real living creatures…

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  60. DEE   October 11, 2013 at 3:32 am

    PLEASE BAN ALL VIDEOS & GAMES THAT DEPICT VIOLENCE AGAINST ANIMALS!! THIS IS WHERE SOME OF THESE PSYCHO MONSTERS GET THEIR IDEAS FROM!!
    PLEASE STOP IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Vic 2.0   December 25, 2013 at 9:16 am

      What can you do to animals in GTA 5 that’s so innovative? You honestly think none of the sickos who like to hurt animals in real life have thought about kicking them?

      No, much to the contrary, real life is where Rockstar gets its ideas for the GTA games. It’s their strongest selling point (“We are our is satire game… erm, yeah we satirize, nuckah!”) Further, to say GTA 5 is giving people ideas would imply there’s a microscopic degree of innovation in its gameplay…

      And that’s just about the funniest thing I’ve ever heard said/implied.

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  61. Darkie1117   October 11, 2013 at 3:15 am

    “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.”

    first off, there are plenty of laws and social pressures in society to prevent cruelty against animals in real life.

    second, plenty of video game violence against humans can easily be duplicated in real life regardless of laws and social pressures (school shootings, bombings, etc.)

    third, if someone is going to do one of these horrible and awesome things in real life , they have bigger problems going on than playing violent video games

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  62. Lucy   October 11, 2013 at 2:43 am

    This is disgusting and the people above who see nothing wrong are the reason the world is such a mess. Driving through a fence to purposely hit a dog then proceeding to beat it to death is not normal in a game or for real and if you get pleasure from it you need to take a good look at yourself.

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    • alexcalibur42   October 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Neither is holding a man prisoner, pulling his teeth out, waterboarding him…and then drive him to the airport. Or shooting a guard outside of a strip club and then shooting everyone leaving. Or stealing a helicopter jumping out of it and smashing into the ground.
      It’s NOT REAL, calm down and breath. Virtual violence does not translate into real violence. It’s quite easy to blow the brains out of a virtual being, seeing real violence, not so much.
      I highly recommend watch Jimquisition’s “Desensitized to Violence”. He did a video where he showed the Budd Dwyer and he shows the reactions of viewers from the first time he showed it.

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    • brady   October 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      i agree but its not rockstars fault its the person who drove throuth the fence and beat the animal so dont take it out on rockstar

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      • Drake C   January 5, 2014 at 10:18 pm

        i’ve played the game, i never hurt the dog, or went hunting with a rocket launcher. the only time i was “cruel” to a deer was when it jumped in front of me and i hit it with a car, ACCIDENTALLY. which happens in real life, quite a bit

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  63. sallyjane   October 11, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Pure evil. Cruelty with people actually defending it.They are just as evil! STOP THE EVIL. STOP THE CRUELTY!

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    • Jim   December 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      You. Are. A. Hippy. Say hi to the unicorns for me!

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    • Vic 2.0   December 25, 2013 at 9:43 am

      I must say I don’t find a bunch of pixels on a screen (no matter how realistic the image they form looks) an evil thing. I find it entirely unrelated to moral rightness/wrongness, like a favorite style of music.

      I do agree that we have every right and should maintain the inclination to question the mentalities of those who MAKE the game, and based on this judgment we can choose whether or not to support them (I will not buy another GTA game unless they take out the needless nudity, explicit voiceovers for prostitutes, and scenes like the torture scene, which is highly unlikely). But that’s because I think it’s stupid to put this garbage in a genre that’s supposed to stimulate senses related to an action game, not give me a hard-on or depress me like an installment in the Saw movie series.

      But at least you have your convictions. That’s a refreshing and encouraging thing to witness, at any rate.

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  64. Nathan   October 11, 2013 at 2:03 am

    This is pathetic. GTA V ISN’T the only game where you can harm animals.
    In Call of Duty you can easily put a bullet between a dog’s eyes.
    In Bully Scholarship Edition, you can kick dogs.
    In Red Dead Redemption you could kill and skin the animal.
    In Tomb Raider [Anniversary I believe] you had to kill cougars. I can’t remember it well.
    In Super Mario your squashing turtles.

    Also what are the odds of someone blowing up a deer IN REAL LIFE with an RPG/Sticky Bomb?
    These activists really annoy me. They’ll find any excuse to be offended so they have a excuse as to why their face resembles a baboons behind.

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  65. stephen dunne   October 11, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Idiotic parents buy they game for there kids then cry about how unsuitable for their kids it is! Grow a pair and say no to your wingey child when they beg you for the game then perhaps us adults who the game is made for can play online without your kids trying to shoot us dead constantly… idiots!

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  66. Gordon Wilkinson   October 11, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Flip over the game it’s not our fault your irresponsible parents this game is not for children you can even block it with parental settings in the consoles if anything is petitioned it should be you retards from being allowed to procreate of all the problems in the world you heroes choose this as a cause ? Absolutely stupid I hope rockstar makes dlc where you can torture animals like you do the Persian guy. Just to make you idiots lose sleep at night
    Bottom line learn to read not for kids and guess what I hunt in real life and I eat what I kill hunting is natural you idiots. Funny how half these petitions were probably signed as these hips crypts were stuffing meat down their throats it’s a game go give an African some water.

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  67. Luke   October 11, 2013 at 1:16 am

    How can it be animal cruelty when they aren’t real animals?

    So its okay to torture and kill humans on the GAME but not animals?

    If there’s any need for a petition then it should be to stop irresponsible parents from buying adult rated games for their CHILDREN!

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    • Vic 2.0   December 25, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Sent where?

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  68. kevin lopez   October 11, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Really man. Its just a game. The reason its fun is because we do stuff that we would never do in real life. Rockstar spent alot of they’re time and money trying to build this fantasic open world game and you people are destroying there work because you feel sorry for virtiual animals. Dont like the game? Dont play it. Dont want your kidplaying it? dont let them, want to protest against it? Your waisting a part of your life.

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  69. Snow   October 10, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Animals in GTA V are helpless? there are those capable of killing you instantly in melee. Anyone that harms animals is a very sick individual and they are likely to commit to such crimes without the help of games. As for RDR I found completing the hunting challenges enjoyable, it seemed very fitting for a western, not something I would do in real life. I care for animals, I have pets, I think that people are taking this a little too far.

    For further note anyone insane enough to shoot a deer with a rocket launcher in real life is likely to be trouble in any case, not to mention these petitioners are stating that its okay to have an urge to kill people in real life because the law will protect, its that urge we need to quench though video games don’t make it any worse.

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  70. subzero2365   October 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Its a game and its not meant for kids so why the hell would you let a kid play it in the first place !

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    • Vic 2.0   December 25, 2013 at 9:18 am

      Most kids are going to be exposed to it one way or another, whether the parent buys the game for their kid or not. That’s why a lot of us parents criticize the game along the lines of its influence on our youth.

      …Not that this outrage over it having animals in it isn’t stupid, though, because it certainly is.

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  71. Loc   October 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    ITS JUST A FREAKING VIDEO GAME, if you can not distinguish reality from a video game you seriously need help, I’m 16 and have started playing GTA games when Vice City was released, my mind is not corrupt. Its still just a video game if your kids can’t tell what’s real and what’s fake than you need to be a better parent and not let them play. My dad told me if I took the game serious he would never let me play it again or have anything to do with the game, playing it, or watching it being played.

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