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PETA Attacks ‘Pokémon’ For Promoting Animal Cruelty, Creates Parody Game

PETA Creates Parody Of Pokemon

Animal rights group, PETA, has gone off the deep end and attacked the video game, Pokémon, for promoting animal cruelty. To counter what PETA claims is the negative influence of Pokémon on children, the organization created a mocking parody version of the game called “Pokémon Black And Blue.”

The PETA version of Pokémon features an image of a bruised, bandaged and chained Pikachu, and his equally battered friends, snarling at the world while demanding their freedom. Above the image is a tag-line that reads “Gotta Free Them All.”

PETA featured the following comments on the website promoting the parody game:

“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.”

The reaction to the PETA parody has ranged from hilarious laughter to scathing criticism. David Ewalt from Forbes had this to say about Pokémon Black And Blue:

“Aside from the fact that this is clearly a lame attempt to attract publicity on the back of a major video game release 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.”

The Tweets have not been much kinder. Here is a selection of user comments posted on Twitter:

“@HaplassMoran I knew those darned Pokémon were up to no good! Leave it to PETA to set us all straight on their true intent.”

“@Craigums As a long time vegan, I always feel the need to apologize when PETA acts stupid so on behalf of normal vegans “Sorry for PETA’s Pokémon BS.””

“@DepressedDarth PETA says Pokémon promotes animal abuse. They added that Star Wars was also to blame for most cases of ewok abuse.”

“@JesuOtaku PETA is eager to prove that they DO TOO have a sense of humor by making a joke *fifteen years too late.”

“@Jojabber PETA attacks Nintendo’s Pokémon because it’s deemed as animal cruelty? Talk about the epitome of first world problems.”

Perhaps the folks at PETA belong to the school of thought that teaches “there is no such thing as bad publicity” and they just flung this garbage at the wall to see what would stick. We do wonder which genius chose to totally misrepresent Pokémon by adding an image to the parody game that shows a crazed female doctor with blood splattered all over her clothing, holding a huge hypodermic needle in one hand and a over-sized scalpel in the other.

Pokémon promotes kindness to animals and responsible behavior. The game tries to instill in children a concept of teamwork and fair play. There is nothing in Pokémon that involves the bloody massacre of animals. The real risk to children is from PETA’s atrocious parody of Pokémon, with its frightening bloody images and dishonest presentation.

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29 Responses to “PETA Attacks ‘Pokémon’ For Promoting Animal Cruelty, Creates Parody Game”

  1. Darrin Cothran

    Now you know why they get "celebrities" to do those ridiculous ads for them.

    It's almost as if PETA is really trying their best to bring about their own downfall by being as stupid as possible.

  2. Orfeas Theofanis

    I am no vegetarian, I eat meat because that's those animals are bred for, wether peta likes it or not.
    But I found that game really funny and a great idea, reversing the pokemon game.
    I would actually play to finish it if I could save my progress, I got to the 3d battle, closed it and I had to begin right from the start.

  3. Sandra Thomason

    Hey how do we know how the adolecent mind sees these animals on Pokeman? Are they animals abused by somebody unknown or are they to be abused? If compassion is in the childs mind and heart then they are to be rescued. But what if the cild has been subjected to pit bull fights or other acts of aggression? How would they see it? Maybe PETA is extra testy but what have the members at PETA seen? Everything must be subjective and it my be an over reaction to some but to animal saviors it might be a true heads up warning sign. Let's give one another a break in our critisim> Please?

  4. Zack Scroggins

    That's hardly a fair comparison, as a society we have decided that dogs are not meant to be eaten. However, humans are meant to eat meat, everything about how our bodys are built tells you that, the postion of our eyes, the sharp teeth in the front of our mouths, these are traits of a predator. I also feel the need to point back to your other comment Let's give one another a break in our critisim> Please?" So we need to hold back our criticism, as long as the other party doesn't eat meat? That's the problem with the vegetarian and vegan community, the only vegetarians and vegans we are exposed to are the nut jobs with that opinion.

    And just to go a little further on your question there, if I had to, I'd eat a dog.

  5. Braden Downey

    PETA's at it again, irritating us all. You do NOT try and demonize one of the most popular and best selling series in the world and try to act as if people should just accept it and agree with you. By simply watching a single episode of the series, any of the movies, or play one of the games for five minutes you can clearly tell Pokemon's friendly and kind towards animals message that it sends to it's younger viewers, not animal abuse.

  6. Kevin Black

    Haha besides them fighting each other for the owner to receive a badge. Haha animal cruelty. Just because we like Pokemon does not change that the owners are making them fight each other

  7. Zack Scroggins

    I'm sorry, it's just PETA's stupidity is kind of a hot button for me. I shouldn't have blown up like that. Anyway, as far as the dog thing goes, I'm talking about desperate need, lost in the desert or trapped on an island with only a dog. Wouldn't just resort to it.

  8. Matt Daniel

    I'll take PETA's protest seriously when my dog starts breathing fire and can only say his own name.

  9. Brandt Beach

    I have to say that in general I have never really liked much of what PETA has had to say. I was apart of the generation that Pokemon was first targeted for and I can honestly say that I have never EVER in my entire life thought that I should train my dogs or cats or rat or any other animal to fight another animal for any reason at all. I do not like or agree with people who think animals should be treated this way. I am also not in favor of circuses treating their animals in this way either, so me as a model I would like to say from the bottom of my heart and for my copy of Pokemon blue that is missing the picture of Blastoise on the front that I have had since it first came out, that still has my original team of Pokemon from the first time I beat the game on it that I refuse to let a single soul touch….Screw you PETA.

  10. Jacob Shaffer

    why what? why are you just an idiot or why did I just the say the "opinions are like butts" line?