eldavojohn writes: In Super Mario Bros 3, gamers saw Mario and Luigi don a suit of a raccoon dog called a 'tanuki' that is native to Japan. Wag the tail and you could fly. Pretty innocent and magical, right? Well, PETA has hopped on this fresh new video game title and recently released a game where a 'player directs a bloody, skinned raccoon dog as he chases a tanuki fur-suited Mario through a surreal fur farm where raccoon dogs are routinely skinned alive for their fur. Quick reflexes and jumping skills will allow Tanooki to capture Mario and reclaim his skin.' That's from their press release, you can play the game here. Much ado about nothing, you say? Not according to PETA who aver that '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.' Evidently in anything-goes-China, farms of Tanukis have resulted in footage of handlers slamming raccoon dogs against the ground to kill them so they can skin them after a life of less than desirable conditions drive the poor creatures to insanity. Still, it's difficult to connect such an act to a couple of plumbers. After countless hours, I've managed to resist the urge to pounce atop a shelled animal in order to then use it as a weapon let alone brain a tanuki in order to gain its fur and non-existent flying powers.
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