Nintendo Draws PETA’s Ire

Posted on 15. Nov, 2011 by in Blog

When you think of Mario from Super Mario Bros., what comes to mind? Squeaky clean plumber who risks his life to save Princess Peach, right?

Not according to the folks over at PETA. It seems the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals blasted Nintendo and the loveable Mario for wearing fur.

In the latest installment of the Super Mario Bros. series, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario’s famed tanooki suit from Super Mario Bros. 3 makes a comeback.

This is exciting news for fans who love the tanooki suit’s magical powers. The power-up allows you to fly and glide across levels on your way to keeping Super Mario land safe.

But PETA thinks the tanooki suit—which bears a striking resemblance to a raccoon—sends the wrong message to gamers and kids.

“Tanooki may be just a ‘suit’ in Mario games, but in real life, tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur,” according to the PETA Mario Kills Tanooki website. “By wearing tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it’s OK to wear fur.”

PETA takes it one step further on the Mario Kills Tanuki website. Players can turn the tables on Mario, taking on the role of a bloody and skinned tanuki chasing a surly Mario.

As gamers, what do you think? Do you think that PETA has taken it too far? Or should Mario stop wearing his tanooki suit?