ANIMAL rights activists have attacked game giant Nintendo over a mini game in which players milk a cow.
Peta says the hand held game has taken the cruelty out of the real act and that it is not realistic.
The game can be played on Nintendo’s hand held 1-2 Switch device and does not show images of cows.
However, Peta has now written a letter of complaint to the Japanese company asking for the game to be modified to make it more realistic.
The bizarre request attracted the usual online mockery with bloggers struggling to understand the complaint.
Peta says Nintendo should make the game experience more authentic and asks for certain sounds to be added in.
Peta complained after Nintendo challenged a real cow farm to a milking competition on the device as a publicity stunt.
Peta’s president, Ingrid E Newkirk wrote: “Our staffers and activists have recently played the cow-milking mini game for Nintendo Switch and realised you’ve taken all the cruelty out of milking.
“We have more than 35 years of experience investigating dairy farms where cows are exploited for their milk, and it is NEVER that pleasant for these animals.
“Can we have some realism here, please?”
The complaint has met with online scepticism.
One blogger wrote: “While I’m willing to defend the rights of animals till the end and would most certainly call out a company for the trivialisation of animal cruelty or harm, I struggle to see where “realism” comes into this.
“Nintendo were most certainly not creating a milking simulator with “Milk,” in fact there aren’t even any cows on the screen when you’re milking… just some really strange udders.
“Upon playing the game, you’re more likely to worry about your social status.”
Peta also claims the mini-game “sugarcoats” the act of milking and offered to provide video footage of the real-life conditions in which cows are milked.
A spokesman said: “If you think that the gruesome nature of this would be too upsetting, we suggest that instead of sugarcoating the subject, Nintendo switch to simulating activities in which no animals suffer.”