In this article, the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment to Animals) criticizes the acclaimed Super Mario Bros. series, claiming to promote animal abuse through the use of the Tanooki suit in the new release for the Nintendo 3DS, titled “Super Mario 3-D Land”. The controversial organization states that the “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,”. Apparently, the PETA also went to the extent of creating a parody of the game titled “Super Tanooki Skin 2D”, where the player has to try and retrieve the Tanooki suit from a flying Mario.

Now, for anybody that is unfamiliar with the Tanooki suit, the Tanooki suit is not a new addition to the series. The Tanooki suit was first introduced in Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990) as a fur suit that enabled Mario to fly as well as turn into a statue that provided immunity from enemy attacks for a really short time period. Going on a tangent here, I actually found the statue move ineffective for the most part, as the move was always a bit delayed and it wasn’t really effective to begin with. Maybe I just suck at the game, but anyway…

This is another example of attention-deprived people who need to be heard, and are willing to resort to embarrassing, asinine methods in doing so. I’ve always had a problem with animal activists and I believe that animal cruelty is something that people always claim to be against just to fit in with the popular consensus. My claim is directed at all the people that have spoken out against animal cruelty and animal abuse, and yet continue to walk around the mall with leather jackets, with a quarter-pounder from McDonald’s in their left hand and their leather bags hanging over their right shoulders. Hypocrisy has always been one of my biggest annoyances, as well as people that act like they support a cause or carry a certain opinion for the sake of fitting in with the popular consensus, the fear of being scrutinized by others for thinking differently.

People kill cows, chickens, pigs, and other farm animals for meat. Isn’t that animal cruelty in a way? Breeding cows, feeding them food filled to the brim with hormones to make them grow faster and then killing them when they get nice and fat? We need to kill animals for survival. In the past, humans were forced to kill animals, they were the very essence of survival. The Native Americans and Canadians lived off of animals such as buffalo, bison, seals, fish, and many, many more. Even in restaurants today, buffalo and bison are still served on menus. However, if a cute little puppy dog gets killed, all hell breaks loose, and the apocalypse reigns over the world.

I was always ticked off by that double standard. The only difference between dogs and cows are that dogs can be used as domestic pets. Cows and pigs are animals just as much as dogs and cats are. In India, the cow is actually a heralded symbol. Even in times of famine, Indians will refuse to eat cows and actually starve to death instead. To them, we are essentially monsters.

I guess my whole point is…if you are against animal cruelty…then you better be vegetarian and you better not be buying those nice leather products that you have now. If you do…you’re really not doing much for your cause.