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PETA condemns Pokemon as 'animal abuse'

By T.K. Randall
October 11, 2012 · Comment icon 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.


Source: CNET | Comments (142)


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Comment icon #133 Posted by Tsa-La-Gie Oyate 10 years ago
Those zoophilies in PETA are obsessed with animal rights, they made the ASPCA and Humane Society of America appear more on the mainstream side of things. I want to come up towards a PETA member and tell them "I love animals too...they taste good, and wearing one of them shows my true love". I'm not for animal cruelty at all, the problem I have is PETA reacted towards a fictional cartoon show.
Comment icon #134 Posted by Ryu 10 years ago
A tv show is not going to turn a child into an abuser. IF they are going to grow into abusers, there is most likely something inside them that no tv show is really going to stop or keep going. People who abuse, usually are abused. Or them have some mental disorder of some kind or are just those pple hwo seem to have no concept of right or wrong, they just do not care. I think blaming music, tv and games is a very big cop out. 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 ... [More]
Comment icon #135 Posted by coldethyl 10 years ago
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 #136 Posted by Mordha 10 years ago
Animal abuse? I thought it was child abuse. Oh well.
Comment icon #137 Posted by Hasina 10 years ago
'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 #138 Posted by KainFall 10 years ago
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 HOSTILE i... [More]
Comment icon #139 Posted by KainFall 10 years ago
'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~' 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 #140 Posted by Mikami 10 years ago
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 #141 Posted by ouija ouija 10 years ago
Survey of badgers for their protection. It's not interference. With more information and understanding we can maybe one day quash this notion that culling badgers is the answer to the bovine TB problem. Also badger-bating and killing go on, which are both highly amoral and illegal- this is a real issue against animal cruelty unlike the Pokemon issue. With survey and keeping tabs on the population we can then take steps to ensuring that these despicable acts are minimised. The training is to ensure that no badgers are interfered with http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2220734/This-cruel-ba... [More]
Comment icon #142 Posted by TrueBeliever 10 years ago
PETA wages war on Pokemon for virtual animal cruelty 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. The animal rights group has launched a campaign against Pokemon Black and White 2, saying that the game condones animal cruelty and that its creatures are treated like abused animals. "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. "B... [More]


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