World of the Bizarre
PETA condemns Pokemon as 'animal abuse'
By T.K. Randall
October 11, 2012 · 142 comments
Image Credit: CC 2.0 Rob Brooks
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. . . in PETA's alternate universe, that is.
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