PETA has been a major force in the world of animal rights since its debut in 1981 – it’s been a laughing stock since a little bit after that. PETA made itself notorious for barely legal, mostly stupid and outrageous stunts like dressing up as KKK Klansmen or stealing the face of Michelle Obama.
But now, PETA has turned its sights to the virtual world. Are they outraged at Link’s chicken abuse? What about Shepard killing all of those Krogan? Oh wait, no no, I know, it’s got to be all those innocent Rakk being put down in Borderlands.
The real answer is, well, just as ridiculous. PETA recently launched a campaign against Super Mario World, for Mario’s used of the Tanooki skin. You remember, that ferret-y looking outfit that let you fly? Apparently, the Tanooki is a real animal found in Japan, and PETA simply will not stand for “Mario sending the message that it’s OK to wear fur.”
PETA’s response to the “problem”? They’ve added a page to their site where you can play SUPER TANOOKI SKIN 2D, a game in which you’re a skinned Tanooki trying to get his fur back. (Don’t worry, I’ve included the link for your gaming pleasure.) The funniest part, to pick from the many, is that if you fail to keep up with Mario and your skin, you die. Again. Which seems to be what PETA’s trying to avoid? I digress.
It’s unfortunate for animal lovers everywhere that PETA so often makes a fool of a great cause. But in the meantime, head on over and give Super Tanooki Skin 2D a try. You can even check out Super Tofu Boy and New Super Chick Sisters while you’re there.