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Ice Car October 8th, 2012 11:18 AM

PETA and Pokemon
Guess what they targeted this time.


Animal rights group PETA has condemned the Pokémon media franchise and video game series, saying it “paints a rosy picture of what amounts to thinly veiled animal abuse.”

The Pokémon series tells the stories of young “trainers” who befriend wild critters called Pokémon, help them grow stronger, and coach them through a series of non-fatal sparring matches against other trainers.

In a statement released on October 8, the day after Nintendo released Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, the latest games in the franchise, PETA blathered:


Originally Posted by PETA
"Much like animals in the real world, Pokémon are treated as unfeeling objects and used for such things as human entertainment and as subjects in experiments. The way that Pokémon are stuffed into pokéballs 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 …if PETA existed in Unova, our motto would be: Pokémon are not ours to use or abuse. They exist for their own reasons. We believe that this is the message that should be sent to children."

Aside from the fact that this is clearly a lame attempt to attract publicity on the back of a major video game release (which is why I’m not linking to their site, and you shouldn’t look for it, either) PETA seems to have missed the single biggest theme of the Pokémon series: That Pokémon should be treated humanely and live as our equals. The games are loaded with an endless stream of characters who go on and on about true friendship between man and Pokémon. It’s so saccharine and so completely the opposite of what PETA suggests that it boggles the mind.

As part of the campaign, PETA also developed and released a flash-based parody game which it calls “Pokémon Black and Blue.” It is awful.

Last November, PETA attacked video game icon Mario for wearing “fur” –the Tanooki Suit, a frequent power-up in Mario games that grants the ability to fly.

PETA did not disclose in its statement how many actual, living, breathing animals died waiting for rescue while the organization spent its time and money campaigning against fiction.

You're only like 14 years late PETA. I'm pretty sure you're already in the game anyway and children already find the concept of Pokemon liberation ridiculous, I'd assure them. Just a stupid ass publicity stunt.

Kanade Otonashi October 8th, 2012 11:43 AM

PETA is a joke and doesn't deserve to be seen as anything but.

Instead of doing something to actually make a difference, they target a game that, if they bothered to do their research, promotes treating Pokemon as equals.


droomph October 8th, 2012 11:48 AM

I believe we've already talked about this...

Tranca October 8th, 2012 11:57 AM

I personally do not find the concept of Pokemon liberation ridiculous at all. I empathize with N who empathizes with pokemon.

Koyan October 8th, 2012 12:22 PM

Peta is straight up dumb... They refuse to acknowledge that humans are omnivores, as well. LOL. Right.... They ignore scientific fact. It bugs me.

droomph October 8th, 2012 12:32 PM


Originally Posted by Tranca (Post 7365876)
I personally do not find the concept of Pokemon liberation ridiculous at all. I empathize with N who empathizes with pokemon.

I feel that Pokémon only let the ones they deem worthy and friendly to be their trainers. There's no animal abuse, saying as we have the friendship system. It's even encouraged to raise that level, so that says something.

Alice October 8th, 2012 12:58 PM


"Much like animals in the real world, Pokémon are treated as unfeeling objects and used for such things as human entertainment and as subjects in experiments.
This is pretty much exactly the opposite of the truth. GG peta.

Castform October 8th, 2012 1:06 PM

Just more proof that Peta is scum. They are so stupid and are in everyone's business.

Lord Varion October 8th, 2012 2:06 PM

I know we all said Team Plasma are the PETA of Unova, but seriously now?

But oh well, at least theres a game to play.

But on a different note, I wonder how much copyright they've infracted due to these games.

Blue October 8th, 2012 2:16 PM

Pokemon has been around for 16 years, why do they wait until now to say something. It's hardly promoting animal abuse in any way shape or forme.

TheBeatlesPkmnFan42 October 8th, 2012 2:16 PM

Silly PETA, you already exist in Unova! You're Team Plasma!

But seriously though, I hate PETA. They overreact at every little thing, and they're very hypocritical. I hope they go bankrupt.

Lord Varion October 8th, 2012 2:35 PM

Not sure if I should be proud or ... what?

But lots of things didn't make sense in it.

Pikachu is fighting Cheren and the text reads ''You're escaping your trainer, time to fight him''
But Ash then says You were my pokemon till you escape, now I'm gonna re catch all 4 of you''


TheBeatlesPkmnFan42 October 8th, 2012 2:51 PM


Originally Posted by Nintendork15 (Post 7366000)

I'm starting to think PETA likes blood. I'm a little concerned.

Golurks Were Meant to Fly October 8th, 2012 7:04 PM

This flashgame scared me. If that's what PETA thinks pokemon is like...

I also enjoyed how using "group hug" and "protest" don't defeat Cheren, but violence - violence does. Good message as always PETA!

LividZephyr October 8th, 2012 7:08 PM

People Eat Tasty Animals. Enough said.

Really, PETA has been a joke for years now, and they're choosing to attack Pokemon NOW? Pokemon don't get harmed excessively from this, and in the anime, there haven't been any Pokemon deaths to my knowledge (movies = different story). Is anyone actually going to listen to the crap PETA is spewing? I never will.

Castform October 8th, 2012 7:17 PM

Just beat their game. haha it was hilarious.

The Grubby Pup October 8th, 2012 8:14 PM

yeah, I beat it too...It was...stupid. LOL Ghetsis looked like a hobo and kept throwing his pitchfork at me...I guess, that why Oshawott Water Gun was super effective.

Ludger October 8th, 2012 8:15 PM

That game looks scarier than what they make the real games out to be... -continues playing White 2-

Spinosaurus October 9th, 2012 10:16 AM

I hope people realize this is supposed to be a parody and nothing serious or promoting whatsoever. (And thus, it's legal.) With Pokemon Black/White 2 being the big thing this week, and PETA being the attention seekers they adore to be, it's not surprising they'd go with Pokemon.


Originally Posted by Sydian (Post 7366296)
That game looks scarier than what they make the real games out to be... -continues playing White 2-

Looks pretty hilarious to me. I like the art style, it fits the parody theme and amusingly enough, nicer to look at and not as dull as Pokemon B/W2 itself. Although, purely judging from all the screen shots I saw, the writing is terrible, but it's to be expected considering it's the same with all Pokemon games, regardless if it was intentional or not.

I liked their 3D Land parody, it was fun. Interestingly enough, 3D Land ended up being my GOTY when I got it shortly after haha. Whoever develops their games is pretty good, as much of a joke as they are.
Haven't really tried this due to my uttermost loathing towards the franchise though for the present, can't stand looking at anything Pokemon related until I recover.

iLike2EatPiez October 9th, 2012 11:10 AM

I haven't played the game yet myself, but the screenshots I've seen are hilarious.

I'm just wondering how they think any of this applies to... yanno, the real world? Researchers who test on animals, fur trade workers, and abusive pet owners didn't get the idea from playing Pokemon. And when was the last time you heard a news story about a kid, inspired by Pokemon, forcing his pets to fight each other? Like really just... what are they trying to prove here?

droomph October 9th, 2012 11:34 AM

They're, again, trying to get attention.

I think the best plan would just to be ignore them.

PlatinumDude October 9th, 2012 11:48 AM

The game that PETA just made was just...rather idiotic, IMO. They missed one of the key points of Pokemon, which is that both Pokemon and people are treated as equals.

Spherical Ice October 9th, 2012 12:21 PM

Job Position: Game Developer for PeTA.

seriously though I think its a bit dumb if they use black/white of all games to parody. you know, the one where the animal rights group is evil and actually abuses what they claim to save. i guess its accurate, just dumb marketing

Mr Cat Dog October 9th, 2012 1:03 PM


Originally Posted by droomph (Post 7366735)
They're, again, trying to get attention.

I think the best plan would just to be ignore them.

And here we are talking about it instead of sucking the air out of the discussion... oh, wait!

Ethan Gold October 10th, 2012 2:27 AM

Played the PETA game. Chose to lose the game on purpose. I read the news on Niconico and I thought "What the heck".

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