PETA Angry With Mario; James Delighted By Star Wars Pug

In animal news today, the A.V. Club pointed me towards a new PETA campaign. They’re trying to drum up some anger over the Super Mario franchise’s continued use of the Tanooki suit, the little raccoon getup that lets Mario fly among other powers. The argument is that Mario and Luigi and the rest of the gang are supporting the skinning of the actual Tanooki which are becoming increasingly rare. (I can understand their logic — I always keep a turtle shell on my person, just in case I need to toss it at a lurking skeleton.)

As part of their new campaign, PETA has made a video game. It’s a platform game where you play a skinned Tanooki, trying to chase down Mario, who’s wearing your fur.

I’m not sure if you ever catch him, though. I gave up after a few tries. I’m all for Flash games, but a platform game where you can’t control your horizontal movement, only deciding when you jump and for how long? That sucks. Also, I’m fine with games trying to convey ideology to me — I played the John Kerry stump speech that was Emogame 2.5 back in the day. This crappy game won’t convert anyone, though. Mostly, I just felt like pulling out New Super Mario Bros. for my DS while playing this.

Sorry to insult your game, PETA. Maybe we need some to come together over that’s animal related. Maybe we can all enjoy the video below of a pug ready for Halloween. (To be clear, the owner mentions in the comments that they only leave the costume on Chubbs for short periods of time and that they always make sure she’s done her business before putting it on her.)

Thanks to Mason for the video.

Author: James Brotheridge

Contributing Editor with Prairie Dog.

4 thoughts on “PETA Angry With Mario; James Delighted By Star Wars Pug”

  1. I thought the game was pretty fun. Pretty challenging, until you figure out the limited amount of obstacles that are coming at you. It only takes about 30 seconds to catch Mario once you know what you’re doing.

    Also, if you know how PETA works, it’s by getting people riled up on small issues so that they might just take a peak at the video underneath the game. Bring people in with controversy, and then try and get them to watch a video or read some info about the horrible things that are happening to animals around the world.

    If you watch the video under it and still want to buy fur: you’re a pretty horrible person.

    Note: The video contains footage of a raccoon dog that has been skinned alive and is slowly dying. Pretty graphic, but shock videos are actually a pretty effective means of making someone think about what goes into the products they are consuming.

  2. Loved the Wampug. Funny!

    Anytime the news media give attention to Peta complaints about silly useless things like a Nintendo Mario game character just goes to show you how slow the news day can be.

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