PETA Blasts Pokémon For Promoting Animal Abuse
While the critters of Â PokÃ©mon are animal-like, you can’t actuallyÂ findÂ Pikachu and his buddies in earth’s animal kingdom.
Which is why PETA’s recent attack on the popularÂ NintendoÂ characters has many people scratching their heads.
According to a statement released today by the animal rights organization, PokÃ©monÂ promotes animalÂ crueltyÂ because “PokÃ©mon are treated as unfeeling objects and used for such things as human entertainment and as subjects in experiments.”
The way that PokÃ©mon are stuffed into pokÃ©balls is similar to how circuses chain elephants inside railroad cars and let them out only to perform confusing and often painful tricks that were taught using sharp steel-tipped bullhooks and electric shock prods,” the release continues.
In response to thisÂ opportunisticÂ attack, which came on the same day that ‘Pokemon Black 2′ and ‘Pokemon White 2′ are released,Â fans of the franchise pointed out that PokÃ©mon’sÂ overlaying theme is that the PokÃ©mon should be treated humanely and live as our equals.
This is actually the second time in the past year that PETA has gone after Nintendo for theirÂ pixelatedÂ representations. Last November, the organizationÂ criticized the video game giant for having Mario wear a “fur” Tanooki Suit.
What do you think? IsÂ PokÃ©mon desensitizing the younger generation to animalÂ cruelty? Or should PETA just stick to getting celebrities to take off their clothes for anti-fur ads?