PETA issued a press release in Germany criticizing Battlefield 3 over “animal cruelty”. Specifically, PETA points out a singleplayer mission (mission 3) in Battlefield 3 where the player has to stab a rat, and toss it away.

That’s right… in a game involving killing hundreds upon hundreds of humans, PETA is upset that the game involves killing a single animal and states “the killing of even a virtual animal could inspire young people to do such acts in real life.”

They’re apparently ok if someone decides to come away from the game with the idea that killing another human being is ok but heaven forbid they come away thinking it’s ok to hurt a sewer rat.