PETA protests Ringling Bros. game - plugged in - Yahoo! Games
Animal rights group PETA fired the latest salvo in its ongoing war of words with city-hopping circus Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey this week, but the target wasn't the circuses themselves.
Instead, it was Take-Two Games, which recently announced its plans to make Wii and DS games based on the antics of the performers in what's apparently "The Greatest Show On Earth." Be that as it may, PETA isn't impressed: they accuse the circus of having a "lengthy history of animal abuse and neglect," singling out alleged incidents of violence against elephants for particular criticism.
"Please send a message to Take-Two CEO Ben Feder urging him to sever ties with Ringling Bros. Let him know that you'd rather play a game featuring a circus that does not beat animals for 'entertainment,'" PETA said in a press release.
Ringling's parent company responded in a statement to gaming blog Kotaku. "We vehemently disagree with PETA," Steve Payne, spokesperson for the circus' parent company, Feld Entertainment, told the site. "We're proud of our animal care. The Asian elephant has been a symbol for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey for its 139 year history... the commitment to animal welfare and conservation for the endangered Asian elephant is something we do every day."