PETA has bone to pick with Pokemon



PETA has a bone to pick with Pokemon, and it’s over how the popular Nintendo video game treats its big-eyed virtual characters.

The animal rights group, which normally focuses on the abuse of dogs, cats and other animals in the real world, has crossed over into the virtual world to launch a protest against Nintendo’s newest Pokemon game,  “Black and White 2.”

PETA, which stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, complains the characters in “Black and White 2,” all of whom are collectively called Pokemon, are abused by their “trainers.”

“The difference between real life and this fictional world full of organized animal fighting is that Pokémon games paint rosy pictures of things that are actually horrible,” PETA says on a website that promotes a parody video game, “Pokemon Black & Blue – Gotta Free ‘em All.”

PETA says Pokemon have suffered at the hands of their “cruel” trainers for generations. In its parody game, one of the Pokemon characters, Pikachu, battered with splotches of blood, bandaged and wearing a broken neck brace, rises up to confront one of the trainers, Cheren, who also appears blood-spattered and holding a bat, ready to beat down Pikachu’s defiance.

The player gets the option of allowing Pikachu to deliver a quick attack, a thunder shock, a group hug or protest. The player’s goal is to “exploit a trainer’s weakness and defeat all the trainers to free all Pokemon.”

According to CNET, Black and White 2 was released in July in Japan and is expected in North America, Europe, and Australia this month.

The Pokemon series – there are more than 600 fictional species – is second only to Nintendo’s Mario when it comes to global video game popularity.

CNET notes that this isn’t the first time PETA has launched attacks against virtual characters. It protested Nintendo’s “Super Mario 3D Land” game for dressing Mario in a fur suit and Zinga’s “Mafia Wars” game’s use of pit bulls as attack dogs.

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The Bystander

October 9th, 2012
12:30 pm

I can’t decide if this is sad or pathetic. Surely there is something more productive PETA can do with their time and money.

Ker mitt

October 9th, 2012
12:44 pm

when are they gonna talk about bho eating fluffy – and joking about it?


October 9th, 2012
12:47 pm

yet they say nothing about the fact in Red Alert 2 you could create dog bombs… :) they truely are running out of ideas…

Georgia Bulldawgs

October 9th, 2012
12:54 pm

Another irrelevant nonprofit that seeks to “educate” the ignorant masses so we will support their liberal agenda. Ho-hum. Really, who cares what PETA has to say, anyway.

Decatur Greg

October 9th, 2012
12:55 pm

And what about all those poor pigs that are being crushed by stone blocks in Angry Birds???? I support the ethical treatment of pets but these are video game characters PETA.


October 9th, 2012
1:09 pm

PETA be stoooopid


October 9th, 2012
1:11 pm

If they want to complain about pokemon they need to read the mangas.

argh man

October 9th, 2012
1:12 pm

PETA has lost what little collective mind it had.


October 9th, 2012
1:16 pm

they monster peta, so you just lost your argument.


October 9th, 2012
1:22 pm

Ever since my son discovered Pokemon, I wondered how long it was going to take PETA to go after it. If they want to go after needless animal cruelty, that is fine, but it is rather silly to be so offended over a children’s show/card game/video game. They also need to stop being so militant about vegetarianism. The human body is designed to be an omnivore, that includes meat. If they want to be vegetarians, that is ok, but please don’t condemn me because I eat what our bodies were designed to eat. No Pokemon were harmed in writing this message.


October 9th, 2012
1:25 pm

People Enraged by Terrific Anime


October 9th, 2012
1:26 pm

PETA is a joke. If they wanted to stop the cruelty to animals then they should be outside the GA Aquarium picketing. To have a whale shark that is used to swimming hundreds of miles a day reduced to swimming in a small circle is torture.


October 9th, 2012
1:30 pm

peta, ignorant scourge that they are, should just please go away and bury yourselves in your tiny little holes of ignorance!

Furious Styles

October 9th, 2012
1:31 pm

They should pull funding from PETA instead of Sesame Street


October 9th, 2012
1:34 pm

I’m also surprised they haven’t gone after Tokyo Jungle yet.


October 9th, 2012
1:37 pm

Sad how delusional some people have become to feel like they are relevant.

Ash Ketchum

October 9th, 2012
1:39 pm

Pokemon is not promoting violence between animals. If anything we are creating a more spirital bond between human and that of which we train. Also we are technically supporting PETA by defeating team rocket which is a activist group that uses pokemon as tools of destruction.


October 9th, 2012
1:39 pm

People Eating Tasty Animals. Bottom line!!


October 9th, 2012
1:42 pm

I was into Pokemon when I was younger. Reading PETA’s complaints against Pokemon suggests to me that nobody in that organization has ever actually played any of the Pokemon games or watched the show.

Pit Bull Fighter

October 9th, 2012
1:42 pm

Time and Time again I have informed about all the pit bull fighting and they haven’t done anything to stop it. Truth is confirmed, only because Mr. Vick had all that $ is the only reason they were so interested in making all the hooplah then! Come to my property if they want and those picket signs will be target “practice”.


October 9th, 2012
1:43 pm

Hey! I love Ash… he’s the best trainer ever and you are trying to seperate him from me…. That would hurt me even more. It would hurt us pokemons even more. MEANY!


October 9th, 2012
1:45 pm

Yet again, human stupidity has surprised me again. I wonder if they can sue the Pokemon trainers for Virtual Animal Abuse…

Reality Bites

October 9th, 2012
2:05 pm

And PETA wonders why no one gives them any respect?


Liberal Pariah

October 9th, 2012
2:09 pm

Can’t take PETA seriously until they care as much for the unborn child as they do anime characters. What a bunch of idiots.


October 9th, 2012
2:13 pm

Good Lord, PETA, y’all need to catch up with the times. Pokemon came out in 1996, and they’re raising hell about it in 2012??? Just saying.


October 9th, 2012
2:27 pm

Gosh and they can’t even get it right. They should be going after Team Rocket!

Southside Steve

October 9th, 2012
2:42 pm



October 9th, 2012
2:43 pm

POOPEY! (no seriously, that’s what one of the Pikatcu characters says in Mario Smash Brothers when he appears). We’re going after poopey?


October 9th, 2012
2:56 pm

I agree with PETA. This is setting a bad example for our children. First it’s abusing video game animals, followed by real world abuse of defenseless animals, and finally the children are adults and end up as complete animal abusers with no respect for our furry friends at all. Thanks for standing up for those without one.


October 9th, 2012
3:17 pm

Pokemon are Pocket Monsters. There not animals nor are they even close. PETA really should just stop, and go back to there drawing board and work on a better way to present themselves to the public.


October 9th, 2012
3:18 pm

@ creative. you confirmed to us you are an idiot!

Tim Welty

October 9th, 2012
3:19 pm

Well for one the game they made while has pretty good graphics and game play is completely dumb. If they ever watched the show or the first movie they’d understand it. In the end you had to fight ash and he claims to have always had pickachu in a pokeball (not true not even in the game yellow) then said he never cared about him (again not true the movie he died for him pretty much) they claim that he never let’s his pokemon out (again not true they are pretty much always out)

PETA really just needs to eat some bacon and get over their sorry selves. You cannot save FICTITIOUS MONSTERS! They aren’t even animals! they are translated to POCKET MONSTERS!

That Guy

October 9th, 2012
3:41 pm

Has someone kicked the local PETA rep recently? What a bunch of narcissitic blow hards.


October 9th, 2012
3:48 pm

Pokemon stands for pocket MONSTERS not animals. Oh did anyone mention they are NOT real animals. Go worry about real animals like the elephants. Just because you want publicity doesn’t mean you should attack video games and no, they don’t promote violence either. Douchebags!!!!!!!


October 9th, 2012
3:56 pm

do they not realize its a fantasy game,they are monsters not animals,and for one, peta doesnt want animals to have homes,they want them to be free,well you know what happens when animals are free,alot of them die,because they cant eat, or find good shelter,animals and people are companions,they are meant to live with each other,there is love between a pokemon and its handler,most battles are because the pokemon wish to,dont you think they would just attack thier handler if they didnt want to do this?,peta needs to stop trying to change people and change thier damn company,they are clinging to anything they can to stay above water.


October 9th, 2012
3:58 pm

I guess PETA will pick on Looney Toons next – they have been beating on animals for years!!!

whale shark

October 9th, 2012
4:07 pm

BB you obviously don’t understand whale sharks. You’ve made the claim that whale sharks swim hundreds of miles a day. In reality, whale sharks swim no faster than 3 mph so the idea that they could swim hundreds of miles a day is absurd. You’re just as bad as PETA is with their use of information.


October 9th, 2012
4:14 pm

So- Call of Duty is ok because the game’s not about massacring people, and Nerf Guns teaches how to fend for themselves. Yeah, it all makes sense. If the PETA wants to complain about Pokemon, they should actually play Black and White, and not just use the name of Team Plasma to promote their cause.

The voice of reason

October 9th, 2012
4:27 pm

Oh my head. Why are they going after a game rated e10+ when they could be saving REAL animals?


October 9th, 2012
4:57 pm

Please don’t lump all animal lovers & activists in the same category as a small bunch of weirdos. We’re not all like that.


October 9th, 2012
5:11 pm

This is incredible. So a game that promotes virtual animal “cruelty” is bad, but a game where virtual animals kill virtual humans is alright…


October 9th, 2012
5:23 pm

I guess I should feel bad about the virtual Pokemon bbq I was planning for this weekend.


October 9th, 2012
5:29 pm

Peta is like the real life version of teat plasma.
Are they seriously protesting the right of made up creatures? I have been playing Pokemon ever since I could remember and at one time churches tried to ban them and schools but there still around. Its not really Its not promoting anything bad… Pokemon is a Sin but games where you kill people aren’t? what are they going to protest next animal crossing cause we make them live in houses wear clothes and go shopping? Get real!! I’m going to continue to play Pokemon and theres nothing that will change that!


October 9th, 2012
5:48 pm

PETA, will you please focus on taking care of all the animals that are being mistreated..not the cartoons. You are really being stupid. There are 10,000 people born in the US daily. There are 70,000 puppies and kittens born. How about putting some energy into nationwide spay/neuter education? Every 8 seconds an animal is killed in a shelter. How about putting a little energy into spreading the NO KILL options of spay/neuter, adoption instead of buying pets, and supporting rescue groups across America. Pokeman, REALLY PETA? Who is giving you all this money to waste? Put it to good use instead of pissing it away protesting something that isn’t even real.


October 9th, 2012
5:53 pm

Can I say copyright infringement anyone?


October 9th, 2012
5:55 pm

PETA is right on this issue, but the way newspapers (like AJC, which is an ethically Conservative paper, unfortunately) pick up on these minor stories makes it seem like PETA does only that kind of thing. PETA uncovers abuse at farms & pressure big companies to take on more ethical policies.


October 9th, 2012
5:56 pm

I wonder if pikachu tastes like chicken?


October 9th, 2012
6:12 pm

Come on – I can’t believe that PETA has a “beef” with Pokeman – don’t have a cow PETA.


October 9th, 2012
6:26 pm

The whole point of pokemon just went waaaay over their heads…


October 9th, 2012
6:32 pm

You tell ‘em Ash