Most of us have have played Super Mario games in our childhood. The character is still so much popular that there are wallpapers available for Windows Phone 7 that are dedicated to Mario and his gang.
However, it seems that not everyone likes Super Mario, not at least what he is wearing in its latest game. 3D Land, the new Super Mario series game developed by Ninetendo EAD Tokyo and released in North America on November 13 2012, has faced criticism from the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The organization, which fights for animal rights, has issued a press release slamming Mario for sporting a ‘Tanooki’ suit in his latest adventure.
People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights non-profit organization in the world. It has 300 employees and has got more than two million members and supporters from all around the world. The slogan for the organization is “animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment.”
In the game, Mario wears a tanooki-suit in one of his mission to rescue the princess. Wearing the Suit gives him special powers to fight his enemies. Mario might have worn the much talked about raccoon-suit but he does not harm any animal to get this suit.
Tracy Reiman, PETA executive vice president said, “Tanukis are real-life raccoon dogs who are beaten and, as PETA’s undercover expose show, often skinned alive for their fur. This winter, everyone can give raccoon dogs and other fabulous animals a 1-UP by keeping our wardrobe fur-free. PETA added, “Tanooki may be just a suit in Mario games, but by wearing the skin of an animal, Mario is sending the message that it’s ok to wear fur.”.
A concerned PETA has even released a mocking game against the new game, called Super Tanooki Skin 2D . In the game, players have to chase a flying Mario wearing a raccoon-suit to get back their skin.
There has been no comment from Ninetendo yet. And many Mario fans does not have problem with the new suit because no Tanuki was harmed in the game. Watch the video below and see what Clevver Games has to say about this.
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