The People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, is targeting Nintendo and everyone’s favorite plumber, Mario.
Over the weekend Nintendo released Super Mario 3D Land for the Nintendo 3DS and one of the power-ups that Mario is able to obtain is the Tanooki suit, which allows Mario to glide across the screen after he jumps. The suit looks like the original Tanooki suit from Super Mario Bros. 3, but PETA says that the game 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. By wearing Tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it’s OK to wear fur.” According to PETA “Mario Kills Tanooki” website.
Remember folks, this is the game group that also targeted Battlefield 3 for depicting rats being killed in a ‘sadistic manner’ because you were giving an option to kill a rat in the single-player campaign.
If I were to write a letter to PETA, this is what I would say,
Leave video games alone. They are not reality. They do not cause harm to any animals in real life. Video games are a form of entertainment just like movies and TV shows. I do not hear you preaching that it’s okay to eat unicorns just because they showed it in the Harry Potter movies. If you want us gamers to take you seriously, you might want to quit insulting our intelligence.
Thanks for wasting our time,
Binh Xuan Nguyen
PETA, get a life. Seriously, quit wasting our time with your nonsense.