Animal rights

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA to those of us that don’t really care about the long form of their name, have begun to protest a new, outlandish cause. Having previously made claims that Mario’s use of his famous Tanooki suit in Super Mario 3D Land was inhumane, the animal rights group is now fighting for the equal treatment of Pokemon.

It sounds even more insane than claims they’ve made toward other Nintendo games, but according to PETA Pokemon are treated:

“akin to how elephants are chained up in train carts, waiting to be let out to “perform” in circuses. But the difference between real life and this fictional world full of organized animal fighting is that Pokemon games paint rosy pictures of things that are actually horrible.”

We’re not trying to troll you – this is a legitimate claim from PETA.  But why are they doing this now instead of using one of the many chances they’ve already had to protest the franchise in the last decade?  Because Pokemon Black & White 2 was just released.

In order to combat our sick desire to pit Pokemon vs. Pokemon, the animal rights group has placed on their site a mini-game called Pokemon Black & Blue.  It’s their attempt to save the impressionable minds of our youth via Pokemon vs. Trainer battles. We’ve linked the fifteen minute game in the image below for you to “play”. It plays slightly similar to it’s friendly counter-part, but with an emphasis on fair treatment for digital animals.

I wonder if PETA did some fact checking on the theme of the Pokemon franchise.  The message in Pokemon is that of equality between trainers and the Pokemon they work beside in their various quests. Even in a recent article from Forbes, author David Ewalt wrote:

“The games are loaded with an endless stream of characters who go on and on about true friendship between man and Pokemon.  It’s so saccharine and so completely opposite what PETA suggests that it boggles the mind.”

None of the Pokemon titles, past or present, have been linked to cases of animal cruelty at any time that we know of.  Nor have they made us want to whip our Game Boys because our Pokemon evolved to soon (even though that did suck). Don’t get us wrong, some of the causes PETA defends are actually quite noble. This time, however, their attempt at social relevance is lost. We can’t wait to hear what they claim we’re doing to Furbys though – now that’s a serious issue.

Source: PETA

Yeah, you’re reading that headline correctly people. This past weekend Nintendo released Super Mario 3D Land, the latest edition of the Mario franchise for the Nintendo 3DS. In the game, Mario can suit-up in many different ways to defeat all kinds of little creatures. One suit however, has PETA pissed.

According to PETA the Tanooki suit, which grants him the plumber the ability to glide in the air after jumping, is sending the wrong message to gamers.

“Tanooki may be just a ‘suit’ in Mario games, but in real life, tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur,” according the the PETA Mario Kills Tanooki website. “By wearing Tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it’s OK to wear fur.”

Showing their disgust for Mario’s animal wearing ways, PETA created Super Tanooki Skin 2D, in which you play as the Tanuki. The goal of  which is to chase after the plumber and get your skin back. It’s actually a pretty fun side scroller.

Now we here at Nerd Bastards would never advocate wearing the fur of animals, but it’s a game people. The Tanooki suit isn’t made of fur, it’s made of pixels and it looks more like something made for a furry convention, a far cry from the creatures the group is defending.

PETA’s heart is in the right place, but how about going after actual causes where real people are involved. Not plumbers trying to nail a princess.

Via: Kotaku