The Sims 3 Gets PETA Vegetarian-Friendly Award

PETA has awarded Electronic Arts' The Sims 3 a Proggy Award for 'Most Animal-Friendly Game 2009.'

According to a PETA statement, the organization's yearly Proggy Awards ("Proggy" is for "progress") "recognize animal-friendly achievements in commerce and culture."

The Sims 3 allows players to create vegetarian Sims, PETA commenting: "In the game, Sims who live a vegetarian lifestyle avoid meat-based dishes and can even become ill if another Sim serves them meat by accident."

"Electronic Arts Inc. knows that compassion is strength," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "And by portraying vegetarians in a positive way, other players might be encouraged to give animals a break and stop eating them."