As it is wont to do sometimes People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is targeting another video game for its depiction of cruelty towards animals, though this time it was induced to do so by GamesBeat who asked the organization for its comment. While I can assure PETA that no animals were harmed in the making of this video game, the organization sometimes has trouble differentiating between what is real and what is not (video games, for example).
When asked by GamesBeat what it thought about whaling in the new Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag game from Ubisoft, PETA issued the following statement:
"Whaling—that is, shooting whales with harpoons and leaving them to struggle for an hour or more before they die or are hacked apart while they are still alive—may seem like something out of the history books, but this bloody industry still goes on today in the face of international condemnation, and it’s disgraceful for any game to glorify it. PETA encourages video game companies to create games that celebrate animals—not games that promote hurting and killing them."
According to this preview on MTV Multiplayer you will be able to harpoon animals when on your ship. We'll leave it to our readers to debates the merits (or lack thereof) of allowing such an activity in a video game.
Whaling has been banned since 1986.