While lots of animal lovers agree with PETA‘s goals, many are adverse to the organization’s way of obtaining them. Past PETA protests have included some methods that have caused serious debate, including throwing red paint on people, speaking out against World of Warcraft and lots of scantily-clad women. (That link is NSFW.)
And now PETA is going after a somewhat unusual target: Pokemon. They’ve created a video game where the creatures fight their owners, and claim that “Games like Pokémon send kids the wrong message that exploiting and abusing those who are defenseless is acceptable when it is not.“ So is this an efficient tool for combating animal abuse, or is PETA putting its resources in the wrong place? Play the game here and let us know!
The PETA press statement goes on to say that, “With Pokémon Black and Blue, children can experience the great feeling that comes with saving others from harm.” While I’m all for saving abused animals, I don’t think the hours and hours I spent playing Pokemon as a kid blinded me from their plight. Nonetheless, I’ll leave it for the parents to decide if this is one game for their kiddos or not! [via Buzzfeed]
What do you think of this game? Does Pokemon make kids turn a blind eye to animal abuse?