PETA Blasts Nintendo Over Mario’s Tanuki Suit

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is now blasting Nintendo over Mario’s use of the Tanuki suit. To go with their “Mario Kills Tanooki” campaign, the group has also released a flash game titled Super Tanooki Skin 2D.

Tanukis are real-life raccoon dogs who are beaten and, as PETA’s undercover exposés show, often skinned alive for their fur. This winter, everyone can give raccoon dogs and other fabulous animals a 1-Up by keeping our wardrobes fur-free.” –Tracy Reiman, executive vice president of PETA

If you wanna check the game out, just head on over to PETA’s website. PETA had this to say about the release of the game:

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. We created our game to help inform people that in real life, Mario would be wearing the skin of an animal who was beaten, strangled or electrocuted, and it wouldn’t give him any special powers other than the power of self-deception,

(via: Game Informer)