People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the ridiculous organization that regularly embarrasses the animal rights movement and must surely be a front for the factory farming industry, has declared that the Pokémon anime and gaming franchise is “thinly-veiled animal abuse.”
[T]he activist group is protesting that the Pokémon game series ‘paints a rosy picture of what amounts to thinly veiled animal abuse.’ As many of us know Pokémon is about young children who capture wild animals for the sole purpose of having them battle in non-fatal sparring matches. ‘Much like animals in the real world, Pokémon are treated as unfeeling objects and used for such things as human entertainment and as subjects in experiments. The way that Pokémon are stuffed into pokéballs is similar to how circuses chain elephants inside railroad cars and let them out only to perform confusing and often painful tricks that were taught using sharp steel-tipped bullhooks and electric shock prods.
Yes… it’s just like that.
The fact that Pokémon are magical shapeshifting animals that dwell in a fantasy universe does not seem to make a difference to PETA. Neither does the fact that, in the entire 16 year history of Pokémon, the number of reports of children stuffing real live animals into balls and forcing them to fight each other equals zero.
There is plenty to be concerned about in the realm of animal rights (try here for starters). Pokémon is not on that list.