|Is this really necessary PETA?|
The people at PETA are at it again. This time, they are trying to take on Super Mario 3D Land. Their beef? Tanooki Mario is offensive and promotes the wearing of fur. Here’s the statement posted on their website:
“When on a mission to rescue the princess, Mario has been known to use whatever means necessary to defeat his enemy — even wearing the skin of a raccoon dog to give him special powers.
Tanooki may be just a suit in the game, but in real life tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur. By wearing a Tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it is OK to wear fur.”
This statement is followed by an image of a blood splattered Mario (seen above) holding the severed head of a tanuki, and a very graphic video of the killing and skinning of a real one. PETA has also gone as far as to create a game where a skinless tanuki chases Mario around in an attempt to get it’s skin back. The game is called Super Tanooki Skin 2D.
Um….please tell me I’m not the only one thinking ‘copyright infringement’? Seriously, I don’t understand why PETA keeps thinking that doing crap like this helps their cause. It’s absolutley ridiculous.
|Hachi from InuYahsa|
Some Quick Background Info: A tanuki is a Japanese raccoon dog. They are well know throughout Japanese folklore, and various animes. The most well know of which, in my opinion, is Hachi from InuYasha. You can also find statues of them at shrines all over Japan.
The real life tanuki is a wild species of dog, and are super cute. They are native of Japan, Serbia and Manchuria, but were also introduced into parts of Russia back in the 1950s. For more info, check out these sites: http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/tanuki.shtml & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanuki.