PETA Warn Vegan Players They Shouldn’t Fish, Clam, or Sell Bugs While Playing ‘Animal Crossing’
The world of "veganism" seems to be taking over many people's lives, as well as the headlines. It seems as if some vegans really know how to take things a little too far in their bid to make the world a more animal-friendly place. I'm all for "animal rights" and all that good stuff, but a girl's also gotta eat! If veganism manages to take over, it doesn't seem like we're going to be able to, especially if PETA carries on like this. Keep scrolling to see why the organization is calling for a strict ban on Animal Crossing: New Horizons...
Nowadays, vegans are taking things a little too far.
I mean, we get it, a sustainable world, animal cruelty, and all that good stuff we should be caring more about. That’s all good and well.
Being vegan is a lifestyle choice.
The operative word in that sentence is choice. No one should feel like they are having it shoved down their throats, which many do feel in certain circumstances.
However PETA don't seem to understand that.
While we’re all stuck indoors for the next few weeks, or months depending on how well this whole social distancing thing goes, we’re all looking for something to keep us pre-occupied.
And that's where Animal Crossing: New Horizons comes into play.
Nintendo Switch recently unveiled the game so fans could distract themselves from what was going on in the real world by entering a virtual one.
However, I bet they did not expect PETA to call for a ban on it.
Despite the entire game being virtual, the group known as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has released a strict message for all players, but marketed particularly towards vegan ones.
They even went as far as dedicating an entire blogpost to the cause.
And honestly, I just can’t take it seriously. I understand that veganism has an overall good intention, but this is just taking things to the extreme.
"PETA’s Vegan Guide to ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’."
The blog starts: “This vegan guide to it will help answer some of the tough ethical questions that it presents as well as give you an opportunity to help real animals while living your island life.” It then goes onto address some “ethical questions.”
"Is fishing in Animal Crossing vegan?"
“This is a biggie. Fishing isn’t vegan! You shouldn’t fish in real life, so you shouldn’t do so in the game, either. Sure, unlike in real life, the fish in the game don’t feel pain, but fishing is harmful to animals and the planet.”
I find it difficult to understand what the problem is...
“This is your island, and it’s your job to protect it. Tearing the wildlife right out of their ocean homes so that you can “donate” them to Blathers for museum exhibits is not only cruel but also bad for the environment.”
“In the real world every year, anglers leave behind a trail of tackle victims that includes millions of birds, turtles, dolphins, and other animals who sustain debilitating injuries after they swallow fishhooks or become entangled in fishing lines. Wildlife rehabilitators say that discarded fishing tackle is one of the greatest threats to aquatic animals. Don’t let this happen on your island!”
"Is it OK to catch bugs in Animal Crossing?"
“From butterflies to wharf roaches, your island is a bustling home for various insects and other little animals. Keep it that way!”
"Blathers would like to build a museum of fish and insects on your island. Don’t let him do it!"
“Just as fish don’t belong in tanks, insects don’t belong inside cramped cases in a museum for other villagers to gawk at. Your island should be a place where wild animals are free to live without being captured and exploited.”
They always relate the game back to the "real world", but fail to understand that this is all virtual.
“In the real world, animals suffer in captivity at places like SeaWorld and roadside zoos. They’re deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them. In Animal Crossing, you have the choice to let the animals on your island live free from harm, so please, leave them alone!”
"Do clams feel pain?"
“On your island, you can dig for clams. Here’s why you shouldn’t.”
Cue the facts about clams...
“Clams are bivalves who may look less familiar to us than mammals, but they still deserve consideration and respect. They’re capable of a surprising range of behavior. Did you know, for instance, that they can escape from danger by burrowing through sand? Although it’s unclear whether they feel pain, in the real world they play an important role in the ecosystem. And if they do feel pain, they constitute a huge group of animals suffering for food every year. It’s best to be safe than sorry and not dig for clams on your island.”
"Should I leave the hermit crabs in the game alone?"
I really don’t know who is asking these questions, but would it be too much to want them arrested? “Hermit crabs love hanging out on the shore of your island. Leave them there. When you capture a hermit crab in the game, the screen says, “I caught a hermit crab! I think it wanted to be left alone!” In this situation, the game demonstrates surprising awareness that we shouldn’t be bothering these animals and taking them from their homes.”
"They’re not objects—they’re individuals!"
” They’re not objects—they’re individuals!In real life, hermit crabs can live for more than 30 years in their natural habitat on tropical seashores, but after being purchased in the pet trade, most don’t live for more than a few months to a year. Don’t take hermit crabs from your island’s beaches and sell them to Blathers or Timmy Nook.”
"What would a vegan eat on a desert island?"
“Now, the whole world knows the answer to the eternal question of what a vegan would eat on a desert island: fruit! In the game, it makes you strong.”
It then suggests some alternatives in the game such as fruit...
Apples, cherries, coconuts, oranges, peaches, pears, so you’ve been warned players, don’t be eating anything outside of the recommended. And don’t even get me started on what they said about dog chains… You’re going to want to hear this one.
"Should I build a doghouse?"
“If you get instructions to build a doghouse, don’t! Life at the end of a heavy, short chain is all too real an issue for many dogs in the U.S. Right now, countless dogs are constrained outdoors in all weather conditions with chains just like the one pictured here, languishing alone and struggling to survive long days and nights without proper shelter from the elements. Often, these lonely dogs are deprived of even the basics—such as food, water, and veterinary care.”
"Is Tom Nook Exploiting you?"
“Tom Nook is a tanuki, or a raccoon dog, who are often killed for their fur. Others like him in the real world are beaten, anally electrocuted, gassed, or skinned alive. Cut him some slack.” Just leave Tom Nook out of this, PETA.
"How can you spread animal rights through Animal Crossing?"
“Give your island an animal-friendly name like Veganville,” “customize your passport with a phrase like #EndSpeciesism or “Adopt, don’t shop” or “Go vegan!,” or “post a bulletin to instruct your visitors to leave wildlife alone.”
And the most obvious question: "Is PETA against Animal Crossing: New Horizons?"
“Animal Crossing: New Horizons is fantastical in many ways, but when you look a little closer, you realize that there are even more ways in which it’s realistic. While other animals don’t speak the same language we do, they really do have their own means of communication and individual personalities. By populating your island with animals such as sheep, deer, and rabbits who have strong personalities, Nintendo is reinforcing the important fact that animals are individuals.”
They ended the blog like this:
“The premise of Animal Crossing: New Horizons should send the important message that other animals are individuals with whom we share the world—not objects for us to exploit. We are all animals—and we all deserve respect.”
I'm just trying to enjoy my time in self-isolation, PETA.
Stop sucking the fun out of the only thing that is giving me life. If you’re in the mood to read more about why social distancing is so important for all of us, then keep scrolling…