'Grand Theft Auto V' Pulled by Australian Retailer

11:56 Dec 3 2014 Sydney NSW, Australia

Target Australia is removing "Grand Theft Auto V" from store shelves after more than 40,000 people who say the video game encourages players to murder women for entertainment signed an online petition asking the retailer to stop selling it.

The decision is the latest in a long line of controversies sparked by the 17-year-old video game series that casts players as car-stealing criminals.

"We've been speaking to many customers over recent days about the game, and there is a significant level of concern about the game's content," said Jim Cooper, Target Australia's general manager of corporate affairs, on Wednesday. "We've also had customer feedback in support of us selling the game, and we respect their perspective on the issue."

A petition posted Nov. 29 on called for Target Australia to stop selling "GTA V" because it "makes a game of bashing, killing and horrific violence against women."
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