I have never truly understood PETA, but I generally sympathize with them when it comes to the welfare of animals. This time, however, I think they just went batshit crazy. I don’t know what got up those women’s asses, but their latest attack on Nintendo, specifically on Super Mario Brothers, is absurd.
Their gripe is the fact that the Mario Brothers get super powers by dressing in a Tanooki Suit. This bears repeating, PETA is upset that Mario gets superpowers by wearing a Tanooki suit. Why you ask? Well, here’s what PETA had to say about that …
Tanooki may be just a ‘suit’ in Mario games, but in real life, tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur. By wearing Tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it’s OK to wear fur
You got that? Children playing Mario Brothers are going to be wearing fur because Mario wore a Tanooki suit. Their logic can only be described as typical female logic during their menstrual cycle.
Seeing as how this is the first that I had ever heard of a Tanooki, I asked my good friend Google about it. First, he corrected my spelling, it is properly written as Tanuki. Then, he referred me to his good friend Wikipedia, which had the following to say:
Tanuki is the common Japanese name for the Japanese raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus). They have been part of Japanese folklore since ancient times. The legendary tanuki is reputed to be mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise and shapeshifting, but somewhat gullible and absentminded.
“Tanuki” is often somewhat mistakenly translated as raccoon or badger into English, animals which are similar to tanuki (which is a canine) in appearance, but actually belong to different Carnivora families.
TLDR: Those psycho PETA women think that if your kid plays Mario Brothers, because of the Tanooki Suit, your children may wear fur.