PETA accuse Mario gamers of being bloodthirsty fur-wearers
If you’ve got a kid who enjoys playing the popular Super Mario 3D Land game, you’ve probably noticed him/her ending their gaming sessions by popping outside, capturing and killing a passing cat or dog and wearing its fur, while feasting greedily on its carcass. Haven’t you?
Well that’s what’s been going on according to the animal rights enthusiasts at PETA. As they say…
When on a mission to rescue the princess, Mario has been known to use any means necessary to defeat his enemy — even wearing the skin of a raccoon dog to give him special powers.
Tanooki may be just a “suit” in Mario games, but in real life, tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur. By wearing Tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it’s OK to wear fur.
They’ve even highlighted their point by coming up with a crappy Mario-esque game for their website where you can jump about and collect coins. It sort of makes you want to go out and buy an actual Mario game… which kind of defeats the object a bit.