Peta compares Pokémon to abused circus elephants and launches spoof game

Peta has criticised Nintendo’s perennial Pokemon series, claiming that it could desensitise children to animal cruelty and comparing the plight of the titular creatures to that of abused animals.

As part of its campaign, Peta has launched a spoof game – a tactic it has employed in the past – called Pokemon Black & Blue in which you play the abused Pokemon and must fight your trainers to escape. The tagline is, of course, “Gotta free ‘em all!”

Peta has attacked Nintendo in the past, most recently claiming that Super Mario 3D Land’s Tanooki suit shows that Mario is pro-fur. Prior to that, however, it embroiled the Mario Bros in its campaign against McDonalds, attacked Cooking Mama’s lack of vegan focus and slammed Battlefield 3′s treatment of rats.

“Much like animals in the real world, Pokémon are treated as unfeeling objects and used for such things as human entertainment and as subjects in experiments,” Peta’s official statement reads.

“The way that Pokémon are stuffed into Pokéballs is similar to how circuses chain elephants inside railroad cars and let them out only to perform confusing and often painful tricks that were taught using sharp steel-tipped bullhooks and electric shock prods.

“If Peta existed in Unova, our motto would be: ‘Pokémon are not ours to use or abuse. They exist for their own reasons.’ We believe that this is the message that should be sent to children.”

We’re not sure why Pokemon was chosen as a priority over something like Outdoors Unleashed Africa 3D, but it’s surely now only a matter of time until Brewster comes under fire from Peta for forcing K.K. Slider to perform in his cafe every Saturday night.