Mario Kills Tanooki: PETA Goes On The Attack
Apparently, some animal lovers are none too pleased with Mario's Tanooki wearing antics.
While playing Super Mario 3D Land, and Super Mario Bros. 3 before it, we never considered Mario's famous Tanooki Suit as some sort of animal skin. It's a mythical power-up created by the good-natured folks at Nintendo, right?
Not according to PETA. The animal rights group feels it glorifies wearing fur and the killing of thousands of animals (in this case, raccoon dogs) for their precious pelts.
The group's so passionate about this, it created a free to play PC/Mac game called Super Tanooki Skin 2D, as part of its Mario Kills Tanooki campaign.
In the game, you control a skilled raccoon dog as it chases after a flying Mario, collecting gold coins along the way.
"Tanukis are real-life raccoon dogs who are beaten and, as PETA's undercover exposes show, often skinned alive for their fur," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "This winter, everyone can give raccoon dogs and other fabulous animals a 1-UP by keeping our wardrobes fur-free."
Feel free to visit the game's page, but beware of the YouTube video, as it displays graphic mistreatment and the subsequent deaths of those adorable critters. Our day? Officially ruined.
Also, how about that image of Mario with the severed head? That's hardcore stuff, and a definite misrepresentation of the character.
What do you think? Is PETA way off on this? Seems extreme.