So it turns out that everyone hits a low point. This time Peta has hit rock bottom as they have begun to scrape it with their scooper as they go on a fairly big tie raid against a very unsuspected group.
You read right, Peta has decided to go toe to toe against Pokemon, openly saying that it is a game that is promoting animal cruelty and abuse just to fight for their trainers. Peta was quoted on their site as saying
“The amount of time that Pokémon spend stuffed in pokéballs is akin to how elephants are chained up in train carts, waiting to be let out to “perform” in circuses. But the difference between real life and this fictional world full of organized animal fighting is that Pokémon games paint rosy pictures of things that are actually horrible.”
Now the question that comes to mind, how far will Peta take this?
They made a spoof game, the name of which is titled “Pokemon: Black and Blue. Gotta Free ‘Em All.”
And this isn’t just a off hand spoof trying to warn others of the “cruelty” Pokemon go through, oh no. With a very open mind, I started playing it. To my horror, I saw a trainer by the name of “Cheren” holding a bottle (which I assume is meant he had been drinking) and a bloodied bat in the other (to symbolize he had beaten his pokemon with it).
Now if I am not mistaken, when did a trainer ever brandish a bat to fight pokemon? And since when have they ever had alcohol to drink?
This is a kid’s video game for frac sake! Never once does it even talk about the Pokemon as if they are in a open area Cock fight. There are even moments where the Pokemon are let free by trainers to walk around and play with them as friends. That has always been the central focus. Becoming friends with your Pokemon, not using them as weapons of power.
It is said to see that Peta has tried so hard to slander Pokemon by protesting the release of Pokemon Black and White 2 and posting it’s horrible game, which at one points shows you the open field, filled with bear traps and blood soaked trees. Is this an appropriate message to send, when you think that a digital world that doesn’t promote fighting just to fight, that what becomes of the ones not captured is death and that ones in the wild are hunted for sport and meat?
I’m rather appalled by all of it, especially when they tried “rewarding” players by showing them horrible cruelty to real world animals. I just have to wonder what would happen if a small child came across this and saw things like that. They would be scarred for life!
We reached out to Peta for information regarding the situation and the response we received was:
Respwn Point: What was the deciding factor to protest Pokemon?
PETA (Joel Bartlet): “Well, many of us grew up playing the games and watching thew show. So we have always been interested in it. We love that Pokemon Black and White began talking about Pokemon right and freedom but we didn’t like how it ended with a twist. It brought to mind the question: Do the animals exist to just serve us or do they have a reason to live on their own.”
RP: Are you afraid the spoof is a bit too graphic?
PETA: “We think that the spoof is fun and lighthearted as it pokes fun of the series, We have a version for the Kids site, we thought the video of the horrifying journey (of the animals) was too much for children, so we left it out of that version.”
RP: Are you afraid of any backlash from the Gaming Sector?
PETA: “It’s in the nature of the internet community to hate, you know as it’s said “hater’s gonna hate”. (Laughs) “We only wanted to implant the seeds of thoughts about what they (people) eat for their next meal or buying tickets to the circus.”
RP: Do the creator’s of Pokemon know of your spoof?
PETA: No, we have not communicated with Nintendo or Gamefreaks for reason of the spoof. We do believe in the Nature of Freedom of Speech, as we live in America and Freedom of Speech is allowed to us. Now we have been in contact with lawyers every step of the way to make sure we were alright.
PETA: We believe making parodies helps spread the word in ways they (people) wouldn’t normally talk about.”
Now with this interview done, my opinion still stands about their sudden stance against Pokemon. I find it hard to believe that anyone who grew up playing Pokemon would ever let such things be said about it, even going so far as to say Ash never cared for his Pikachu and used a prod device to beat all of his Pokemon. It just doesn’t sit right with me that PETA went so far, and if they truly did play the game growing up, they sure have a sad way to show it.
In the end many gamers have been saying that PETA has jumped off the deep end with their latest escapade and I see it ending bad for them, as Gamers are a tight knit group so much so that any PETA supporters might start questioning their motives.