Wait... sorry... thanks to this thread, I just realized that PETA stands for People (for the) Ethical Treatment (of ) Animals... which technically should be PFTETOA...
I now must withdraw my support for them...
I was under the assumption it stood for " People Eating Tasty Animals"....
Well excuse me... I have to flip my Hamsterburger patty.
I remember someone else used those words for that acronym, I loved it ever since I saw that "People Eating Tasty Animals" xD
Some ppl, adults and children alike, simply arent mature enough to handle certain aspects of life.
If I want to harm animals, then I will find a way to do it, has nothing to do w/ them being in a video game, a tv show etc. If I want to harm ppl, its the same way.
Some might suggest that certain abilities in a game, may prevent someone from acting them out in real life, a sort of release, if you will.
These virtual animals are NOT in the game strictly for the purpose of target practice but rather because its natural, we have animals of various kinds in our neighborhoods/homes, animals of differing kinds in wooded/mountainous areas. What about the fake animals at carnival/fair-grounds?! "SHOOT EM FOR A PRIZE LITTLE GUY!" ... Really.... Its not like R* strung them up on a marry-go-round and said "see how many of the cute little *bambies* you can kill."
In the end, I think these ppl need to worry less about virtual animals in a video game and maybe stop killing human babies in so many of the abortions that possibly 50%+/- of those signing the petition would commit to, because they dont want to act responsibly by keeping their legs closed. Its really curious and sad "kill the baby", "save the virtual pigeon from digital pulverization!" Or even in real life, animals that are placed above the importance of human children and adults that go hungry, w/out medical care and are even aborted. But spend millions/billions to provide shelter, food and medical care to various animals in the wild. I saw an elephant receiving laser skin treatments this morning, I mean really?! But if you have no health ins or money upfront, sorry take that cancer somewhere else. Now that is really sad and sick.