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PETA Launches a New Campaign Unveiling a Darker Side of Pokémon

PETA have uploaded a flash game on their website, entitled Pokémon Black and Blue (parodying Pokémon Black and White). You play as Team Plasma, a team of Pokémon tired of being mistreated by humans. You go on to battle a neglecting owner/trainer, a scientist who experiments on Pokémon, a man who wears and eats Pokémon and an alternate version of Ash Ketchum. For more information on the game, click the button below! The game opens with: "As battling Pokémon grew in popularity, generations of children were growing up believing that Pokémon exist for no other reason than to be used and abused by humans ... Children learned about dominance instead of compassion. While Pokémon faced the worst abuses, children also started bullying each other ... Until one Pokémon decided he'd had enough ..." Whereas the Pokémon tagline is "Gotta catch 'em all" the tagline for this game is "Gotta free 'em all." On the parody's page on PETA's website it goes on to say: "The amount of time that Pokémon spend stuffed in pokéballs is akin to how elephants are chained up in train carts, waiting to be let out to "perform" in circuses. But the difference between real life and this fictional world full of organized animal fighting is that Pokémon games paint rosy pictures of things that are actually horrible. If PETA existed in Unova, our motto would be: Pokemon 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." What do you think of PETA's message? Is it ridiculous? What about the sincerity of the statements? Do you think they're tongue in cheek or serious?

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