Lysi wrote:There are NPCs all over the game who talk about things like restoring the balance of nature, good and evil. Morals come up constantly, it's a big part of the game. As outsiders we may see some aren't as virtuous as they think they are, but that doesn't change the fact many NPCs are motivated by the idea they're doing the right thing. Some NPCs say they only use violence as a last resort, and it's pretty easy to play your own character this way, since most of the things you are asked to kill, will kill you on sight. But my big problem with pet battles isn't about killing creatures in general, it's because they are my pets, creatures I care for and have for companionship. Sending them in to fight for no reason is betrayal, it's like grouping with someone and then hiding behind a rock as they die. Over and over and over again. The pet battles could have been designed as duels, harmless practice fights. It wouldn't make any more or less sense than the way it is now, pointless fighting with no story line.
I'm not attempting to sway your opinion on the matter, Lysi. To do so would be disrespectful of you and your beliefs. I'm just noting the in-setting attitude toward gladiatorial combat, which is likely to directly translate to the in-setting attitude toward animal fights.
As you note there are a few NPCs spread throughout the game that speak out against the harming of wildlife and peace over violence, but they are few in number. They are the exception to the rule; in the setting, their beliefs are fringe beliefs. Even shamans and druids frequently condone the slaughter of the elementals and animals under their protection for various reasons. Death, destruction, corruption, and murder are simply facts of everyday life on Azeroth.