Animal rights maniacs PETA have been condemning Nintendo’s Pokémon franchise for abusing fictional animals, releasing “Pokémon Black & Blue” to prove their point.
Part of their latest screed:
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.
As in previous cases of PETA picking on Nintendo, there is a strong suspicion the organisation is merely odiously attempting to generate cheap exposure for itself based on the latest release in a popular franchise.