He may be the good guy in games like Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong and many other games from Nintendo, but Mario is a villain according to an animal rights group.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said in a statement posted in its website that Mario appears to wear fur in his latest adventure, Super Mario 3D Land. The said costume is actually a power-up that gives the mustached hero special powers.
“Tanooki may be just a ‘suit’ in Mario games, but in real life, Tanooki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur,” the organization wrote in its website. “By wearing Tanooki (the fur of a raccoon dog), Mario is sending the message that it’s OK to wear fur.”
The group also created an online game that mocks Mario’s adventures. In its main screen, it shows Mario holds a bloodied raccoon, which is a bit harsh especially as it is marketed to children.
Game website Gaming Union said that “from any gamers’ perspective, it’s clear to see that PETA have missed their mark on this one; Mario squishes hundreds of enemies in each of his games, but is never seen harming a Tanooki.” It added, “The main reaction from gaming journalists has been that this is a rather absurd and unresearched move by PETA.”
via: What Culture