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PETA condemns Pokemon as 'animal abuse'


Posted on Thursday, 11 October, 2012 | Comment icon 145 comments | News tip by: Hasina


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The animal rights group is claiming that the Pokemon video games condone animal abuse and cruelty.

The Pokemon series of video games has been a firm favourite amongst kids and adults alike for years, but now PETA has launched a campaign to combat the latest game in the series because they say it condones animal cruelty. Players in the games must collect various Pokemon and store them in a 'pokeball' before training them up for use in battles with other trainers.

"The amount of time that Pokemon spend stuffed in pokeballs is akin to how elephants are chained up in train carts, waiting to be let out to 'perform' in circuses," PETA wrote on its web site. "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."

"Pokemon has begun his struggle for freeman and liberation, fighting his trainers, doling out group hugs and going to protests."

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Comment icon #136 Posted by Ryu on 13 October, 2012, 20:48
Well put. Especially the comment I bolded. I always felt this way, blaming media was a cop out and a way to abdicate real responsibility. I mean, it couldn't possibly be that a kid was abused or had some psychological issue that was most likely ignored so in order to avoid responsibility we'll just blame all the cartoons, movies, etc so we will never have to face reality. Anyways..PETA should be dissolved if they cannot motivate themselves to attend to real problems in the real world but I guess it is easier to whine about a cartoon or game then it is to focus on real animal abuse th... [More]
Comment icon #137 Posted by coldethyl on 14 October, 2012, 1:52
I remember at least 2 episodes where pokemon went free of their own accord. A charazard that wanted to stay with a female charazard at a dojo or something and a butterfree who wanted to mate. Oh and Pikachu almost left Ash to stay with other Pikachus but loved Ash too much to leave him. It's been quite a while but I'm pretty sure that happened and it was imaginary.
Comment icon #138 Posted by Mordha on 15 October, 2012, 10:34
Animal abuse? I thought it was child abuse. Oh well.
Comment icon #139 Posted by Hasina on 15 October, 2012, 10:52
'Alright Timmy, you're ten years old now, it's time to take your first Pokemon and explore the wild where elemental monsters live and can kill you in an instance. But friendship~'
Comment icon #140 Posted by KainFall on 15 October, 2012, 16:47
This story isnt true at all. Even though Pokemon is based on capturing animals and SOME trainers Having them fight. Thats not even an overall aspect of the situation. Trainers catch already wild pokemon and try to find them a place in a sense of a fighting stance in a more orderly fashion, less it be a more evil stated character of the sorts. Pokemon Are able to leave there pokeballs if there will is strong enough. And Even the "professor" states that you can only hold 6 at a time and that you should do routinely changes, And they get to roam on free land Where it can be considerably... [More]
Comment icon #141 Posted by KainFall on 15 October, 2012, 16:49
I think that would be in terms of.... Terrifying Fear, but your best bud is this pokemon we gave you for your survival.. Or at least it better be, We would hate to see you die or something... Family~ lol
Comment icon #142 Posted by Mikami on 16 October, 2012, 15:20
This makes my sides hurt so much lol wow. Well what about zoo tycoon? I remember I spend endless hours trapping elephants in a giant cage with a bunch of lions....ha.
Comment icon #143 Posted by ouija ouija on 21 October, 2012, 19:44
Some very interesting points in this article which show what a farce the culling of badgers is. The article shows how the British public has been mislead by the politicians(nothing new there!), and their opinions on the subject totally ignored.
Comment icon #144 Posted by TrueBeliever on 21 October, 2012, 22:04
they can be so weird!


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