Farming Simulator 17 Needs to Get Real and Show the Truth About Modern Factory Farms

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Farming Simulator, the popular agriculture-simulating video game, boasts that players can assume the role of a modern farmer. The latest release, Farming Simulator 17, is set to include pig farming.

PETA has written to the game’s makers asserting that if the October release includes pigs, it should also include footage of real-life pig farming, thereby giving players an accurate depiction of the industry.

If Farming 17 is to simulate the reality for many pigs accurately, players would need to keep these intelligent and friendly animals crammed into barren concrete pens, where they may never see the sun or breathe fresh air. Like real pig-industry workers, players would need to cut off pigs’ tails and grind down their sensitive teeth, usually without painkillers. Female pigs would face having rings forced through their noses, while male piglets would be castrated without anesthetics – a barbaric procedure which is legal in the EU. Players would also need to manage a stockpile of antibiotics and try to avoid catching a drug-resistant strain of disease themselves.

Finally, players would need to force the pigs onto lorries, and the game would need to show how the animals are killed by being hung upside down, stabbed, and dropped into scalding-hot water.

PETA is challenging the creators of Farming Simulator 17 to show footage of the nightmarish reality endured by pigs at abattoirs. Otherwise, they should change the game to Vegan Farming Simulator 17 and let players grow healthy and sustainable plant crops. To do anything else wouldn’t truly simulate modern farming.

If you consider pig-slaughter footage too gruesome to include in a simulated reality game, show compassion “away from keyboard”, rid your plate of animal corpses, and switch to cruelty-free vegan foods! Take PETA’s vegan pledge for recipes and inspiration.


  • Anne West commented on September 9, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    sickening treatment of living creatures, I would never have imagined this went on in this country.
    It needs to stop asap.

  • Chris commented on September 17, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Hi peta.
    One of the features of the game is mod support. This allows third parties, usually the fans, to add more content to the game, this could be different varieties of livestock and crops for different climates, new farm equipment and decorations or lights.
    I think peta should commission this as a mod for not just farming simulator, but also in euro truck simulator to show the dangers of hitting an animal such as a deer and highlight the dangers of not having safe crossing zones (with fences) for wild animals.

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