Generations of Nintendo fans have enjoyed the Pokémon video games, TV shows and trading cards, but it seems PETA won't stand idly by anymore.
PETA has launched a campaign against Pokémon Black and White 2, stating that it promotes animal cruelty and likening the way Pokémon are treated to the treatment of abused animals.
This not the first time PETA has attacked Nintendo. It launched a campaign against Mario last year due to the use of the Tanooki suit in Super Mario 3D Land.
In PETA's campaign against Pokémon, it has released a spoof game on its website in which Pokémon fight back against their trainers, and the goal is to free them all, not catch them all.
The official statement from PETA reads:
"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 ...if PETA existed in Unova, our motto would be: Pokémon are not ours to use or abuse. They exist for their own reasons. We believe that this is the message that should be sent to children."
There is no denying that animal cruelty is wrong, and the fight to stop it is necessary, but at times PETA can appear to go a little overboard. Tell us readers, do you agree or disagree with PETA's campaign against Pokémon?