So I’m sure everyone remembers the little site that PETA recently set up to advocate for Tanuki dogs across the globe. The one that depicts everyone’s favorite plumber in a bloody, dripping Tanooki Suit and holding the severed head of a dead Tanuki dog while staring maliciously at the viewer. The one that came with an entire flash game set in a hellish version of the Mushroom Kingdom? If not, scroll down just a wee bit and take a gander.
Anyway, as it would turn out, the whole thing was just a silly li’l joke on PETA’s part. After Nintendo made a statement about the website, PETA decided to send over their own statement to make their intentions a bit more clear.
PETA Statement re New PETA Game Lampoons Skin-Stealing Mario
Mario fans: Relax! PETA’s game was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, a fun way to call attention to a serious issue, that raccoon dogs are skinned alive for their fur. We wish real-life tanukis could fly or swat enemies away with their tails and escape from those who profit from their skins. You can help them by never buying real fur.
So uh… yeah. A joke. The kind of joke where you throw up videos of real life animals being beaten to death and having their fur ripped off juxtaposed against Nintendo’s beloved characters. Oh, PETA. The realm of Comedy certainly is not your forte.
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