For the past few months a game called
Deer Hunter has topped the software charts. A hunting simulation
which lets the player go trudging through a forest looking for deer, the
games received lukewarm reviews from computer gaming magazines but
has generated a following among hunters.
Which, of course, upsets animal
rights activists to no end. Action for Animals Network recently posted
a release on its web site asking people to call Best Buy, a computer chain
in the Midwest, asking it to stop carrying Deer Hunter. In
the words of Action for Animals Network, “please call or write Best
Buy to let them know that this type of game promotes cruelty to animals
and that it certainly isnt a family game. Ask them to discontinue
selling this item.”
Up until now the only groups calling
for the removal of computer games for lacking “family” values
have been right wing groups, but it looks like at least some animal rights
advocates see this as an important cause as well.
The reader might wonder what would
be next? Will animal rights activists demand an end to the sale of programs
which simulate the dissection of a frogs? Isnt software like this
exactly what animal rights activists have been asking for — simulated
rather than live hunts? And shouldnt the Action for Animals Network be required to
produce even a shred of evidence that Deer Hunter promotes
cruelty to animals?
Action for Animals Network, “Cruel Game,” Press Release, March 1998.