PETA Parody Picks on Pikachu

October 14, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

PETA is using the excitement of the recent release of Pokémon X & Y for the 3DS to promote a vegan lifestyle with a new Flash-based game that prominently features a bastardization of Pikachu and Ronald McDonald called Pokémon: Red, White, and Blue (An Unofficial Parody).

The game has Pikachu attempting to uncover conspiracies about the fast food industry in the United States including how food for various chain restaurants in produced.

"For generations, humans have loved Pokémon, but if Pokémon came to our world and saw how we treated animals, would they love us back?" reads the promo for the game written by PETA. "Be a hero for real-life animals by pledging to try vegan."

The blurb goes on to explain there is a "huge selection" of alternatives to meat, dairy, and eggs that are available to replace foods that kill or exploit animals.

"Change your life for the better and save the lives of animals by pledging to try vegan today," PETA says.

You can check out the game at MCV. It can be played in English or Japanese.

Source: MCV


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Re: PETA Parody Picks on Pikachu

When I saw this story I assumed they would be taking the obvious route of protesting the glorification of forcing animals to fight for sport.

NOPE! They're just telling everyone to go vegan....again.

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PETA is using the excitement of the pending release of Pokémon X & Y for the 3DS...

GP is kinda off the ball here.  It's been out since Saturday.

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You really have to wonder what percentage of PETA members are actually vegan.

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Who knows,  I know that over here in the UK,  most vegetarians and vegans I know think that PETA are silly at best and I can't put in print what they think at worst.

I'm a lifelong vegetarian myself,  and I honestly think Peta are just crazy.  Humans are omnivores,  which means meat is a viable dietary choice and it's no different than the natural order of things.  I mean all those nice cute and cuddly lions out in africa don't debate the morals of eating the zebra or wildebeest.

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Eh, at least as a flash game it's harder of PETA to shove it at people.

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"The blurb goes on to explain there is a "huge selection" of alternatives to meat, dairy, and eggs that are available to replace foods that kill or exploit animals."

Does it also mention what will happen to the domesticated animals if we don't "exploit" them as such?

The disease, over population, and horrible horrible painful ways they will end up dieing because of not being milked or properly taken care of?

They never do think this through do they? 

Seriously, the animals wouldn't survive very well for very long, and the amount of diseases they'd create/spread, or end up dieing of themselves is hideous.

I love how nearly every PETA member also happens to be from some major city location. Out here in the country side, we'd be lucky to get our hands on these "alternatives" very often during a bad storm. Meanwhile the animals we "exploit" are just a few steps from the door and a chopping block from the table.

The alternatives only look really good when you live 2 feet away from the grocery store.

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Well, yes, most vegans are clustered in cities.  Their lifestyle requires a certain amount of infrastructure to support and the demand tends to be low enough for such products that they are often only carried in high density areas.

That being said, in many agricultural areas it is not that hard to live vegan.  Meat and Dairy have become a staple here, but even in rural areas they are bit of a luxury item in that per calorie they cost more to produce then equivalent staples such as grains and vegetables.  Granted if one has the space they can live off the land to a significant degree, but per meter that land generally can produce more calories from plantlife then animal life. 

Now, if you throw in hunting that changes the equations, but generally populations that are actually doing subsistence hunting are pretty off the radar anyway.

That being said, one thing I will give vegans credit for is, if you will forgive the pun, they are really putting their money where their mouth is in terms of ethics.  They have chosen a lifestyle that is more difficult, more expensive, causes significant inconvience in terms of group activities, and majorly restricts their options in life.  Even in cities where options are greater they are cut out of a lot of places and they get a HUGE amount of flack from people rubbing their animal production consumption in their faces.... all because they believe that the way animals are treated and consumed is wrong.

How many other groups do you know that will go to those lengths for what they believe in?   Though of course PETA comes in and screws everything up by being obnoxious.

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doesn't explain how someone could live vegan and not live within a certain radius of a grocery store, or rely VERY heavily on the requirement of always having 

A. Fertile land

B. Electricity

C. cash

D. Storage for the food supply

E. consistently decent enough weather to support constant growth and maintenance of food supply

Hunting is a year round deal, and can be done at any time on the cheap. The meat is easier to gain and maintain during the winter months especially when plant based food crops are all but nixed.

conviction or not, it'd be very harsh (or rather lack of) living for a vegan in a non-near city location.

Also what of the domesticated animals and their lives? Within a controlled environment and being culled once in awhile it isn't bad. But some would just over run and spread disease like rats during the dark ages.

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On the other hand, or other extreme perhaps, people who live of subsistence hunting are rarely able to meet their intake requirement and depend on many of the things you mention.  In PA we have a rather significant population of people who depend on hunting to augment their diet, but they still get a lot of their daily food from someone's fertile land.

If we get away from people without their own arable land, small farms can do pretty well for themselves with little or no meat intake, and often do better without it because livestock are an ineffient use of land.  On small farms anything larger then chickens are kept around because basic needs are already being met and they can afford 'nicer' food sources.

For better or worse, hunting and meat consumption is a cultural heritage in the US and is often taken as a given because it has been such a big part of America (and before that Europe and SE Asia) and a lot of mythology has been built around it.  But living without it is a lot easier then people tend to think.

As for domestic animals, yes, we have bred them to be dependent on us, but things like overrunning and disease are problems because we keep breeding them and breeding them well beyond what the ecosystem can support.  It is an artificial problem that goes away if we stop doing it.  Regardless, 'their life would be bad anyway so whatever I do is ok' is not a good ethical argument since if you try applyng that to, say, people in poverty striken regions, it gets kinda dark.  'Sure I raped and murdered the kid, but they would have just grown up in a war torn area anyway so it is ok'.

Keep in mind, this is coming from someone who is neither a vegan nor a vegetarian, who grew up in a rural area, and has known both subsistence farmers and subsistence hunters.

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I want to put out there BTW I am in no way against vegans/vegetarianism, but its not always an option.

Get the idea that people think I'm one sided here :p

"If we get away from people without their own arable land, small farms can do pretty well for themselves with little or no meat intake, and often do better without it because livestock are an ineffient use of land. "

I'm not only speaking of livestock though, I also mean for hunting and gathering food as needed. And not all live stock is a waste of land. Chickens can be low maintenance, easy to breed, need little or no shelter, and can provide eggs and meat. Eggs often viewed as meat anyways to boot. They won't wonder far, and stick to where they know. Easy gathering, and no special needs really needed (except maybe a small coop for shelter). They're also rather high production.

On that same note though, let them go hog wild and on their own and it would be hell to pay. They'd either be wiped out by coyotes, or end up cannibalizing themselves into a rather nasty end before ending up puss ridden and disease trodden. Had to down more than one for getting the taste of egg/blood and attacking the others whom offered no resistance.

"In PA we have a rather significant population of people who depend on hunting to augment their diet, but they still get a lot of their daily food from someone's fertile land."

This is my main point though. Its one thing as a majority part of your diet (hell thats easy) but without both halves, some places wouldn't survive. I'm not saying a person would have to live entirely on meat, or should/could. But that the idea that being 100% vegan in a non-urban area is nigh on impossible without certain criteria met. Even vegetarian is more probable to spread faster since its not so excessively limited.

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Well there's the problem, for what conviction vegans have, the obnoxious and pushy ones just completely ruin it.

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Yeah, but the inverse is even more true.  For every pushy or obnoxious vegan, there are probably half a dozen pushy and obnoxious 'I am a carnivore vegans suck!' people out to show everyone how much they dislike vegans and vegetarians.  

On any particular board where I see the two groups interact the vegans always seem to be outnumbered both in number of people and aggressiveness of comments.

 

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I dunno.. seems easier to find the vegan anti-meat things than it is to find the anti-vegan ones...

But I've also never looked, I'm mostly going by whats been shoved in my face over the years.

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As someone who had cattle growing up, I can tell you they are pretty low maintenance. Even the milk cow we owned. She was regularly drained by the other cows, yes the adult cows. And much like a human, they can stop producing milk over time. It is because of the constant milking that they continue to produce.

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Dairy cattle, or beef?

I live in a very dairy community, and while I've heard of calves taking on other mothers milk, not so much for other adults to just up and dig in... But not sure of the other half since beef cattle aren't that common here, there is one at the far edge of town and a private one settled somewhere in the middle of a mass of empty space. But Ya don't catch many stories from them.

The odd mother that loses its calf and isn't getting milked though would suffer greatly before dieing of severe infection that could spread throughout the herd. Any possible birthing problems that arise (and often tend too) would also have massive impact on the ability to survive.  I've seen both of these instances first hand and it is vile to even think of them, especially what happens at a bad birthing....

 

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"For generations, humans have loved Pokémon..."

Generations?  Just how long do you think Pokémon has been around?

"...if Pokémon came to our world and saw how we treated animals, would they love us back?"

Considering how we treat them in the games, I'm sure they'd be fine.

You've never actually played Pokémon, have you PETA?

 

Andrew Eisen

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Well, I have seen parents and children play together, so while not all that many generations there have been at least a couple.

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Yeah, but...  Meat is delicious.

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Not to defend PETA, but there are many things that are great for the side that benefits that really suck for the other end of the deal.  Ethical decisions based off what is advantageous to the strong are not pariturally challenging, nor is 'because we like it' much of a justificaiton.

 
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