Okay So. I don’t get into things like this. I try to avoid conflict and stay on the boundaries. Generally chill and let it wash on by and laugh.
That was how i was at first when a friend told me about the whole PETA against pokemon thing that’s exploded right now. I shrugged it off…until I actually went and played the game and read through what PETA was trying to sell with it…and it ticked me off.
First of all PETA is saying that pokemon is about torture of small creatures for entertainment and money and that children will be violent towards animals as a product of playing the games.
I suspect that the majority of those age maybe 25 and under have played pokemon and loved them as a child. I myself could not wait until I got my first game, I stayed up playing it until 1am (which was super late, I was in elementary school) because i was enamored with the idea of it. You got these cute little animals that you battled. Yes, stated like that the premise isn’t the most wholesome. But the game wasn’t about battling, the game was about growth. You stayed by your pokemon’s side, you trained it and poured all of your love into it, you got emotional and freaked out when your pokemon was about to pass out, you nursed it back to health as soon as possible. You went on journeys with them and you grew together. I don’t think I’m the only one who loved their pokemon, they where not objects.
The anime continually showed that perseverance, hard work, friendship, and compassion are what won in the world, not theft, tricks, and money. Ash may have been rather annoying at times, but you know what? He LOVED Pikachu. They where clearly best friends.
Ahem, back to the games. I don’t see how PETA can claim that pokemon is purely about abusing the pokemon. In yellow, pikachu hated you at the start. You had to befriend him, be kinda to him, pamper him a little, figure out what he liked until he warmed up to you. I don’t see in any way how that’s about abuse.
And Pokemon Colosseum, yes it’s an often forgotten game, but the point of that entire game was to save the mistreated pokemon from their owners. Honestly, PETA just made a despicable version of something that already existed in the pokemon world, they just attached a horrible message to it rather than the good message that was presented in Colosseum. Except PETA promoted the idea via attacks on the trainers…so they’re plan is to fight animal violence with….more violence? I wouldn’t so much call it violence in the pokemon games, but in the PETAmon game it was brutal and bloody. PETA where the ones to suggest the ideas of skinning and eating pokemon, stuck needles in the sprites, covered the game in blood. How the HELL are they promoting kindness and teaching children to be kind with a game bathed in blood? You’re not even allowed to show blood in games that are at least teen or mature rated. I really think this is a horrible way to teach children…if given the choice between giving them the PETAmon game and a Pokemon game to teach life lessons about how to treat others? I’d sure as HELL hand them a pokemon game.
I don’t get the point of PETA’s shock tactics to bring awareness. At least if you’re going to bring awareness to something….bring awareness to something that’s REAL and that’s a PROBLEM. Pokemon is fake. I’m pretty sure most kids know the difference between some fantasy creature and say a dog or a cat.
PETA is making an issue out of something that’s never been an issue and I hope they realize they’re going to be hit with a lot of backlash because the majority of the young and up and coming generation has held pokemon close to their hearts since they where children. I just wish that instead of wasting money to produce such a horrible game they you know…ACTUALLY HELPED SOME ANIMALS. I don’t know much about PETA, but I had a generally positive view of it. They help animals. Cool. But now my opinion has drastically changed after looking through their website and the types of things they do like this pokemon game. It’s horrible. They’ve entirely lost my respect.
So, with that, I’d like to say that I’m a 21 year old girl who grew up playing pokemon. I have not once hurt an animal in my life. Pokemon taught me compassion and helped me grow. I’m of the pokemon trainer generation and I’m against PETAmon.
Drawing is a pokemon trainer version of myself with my ‘spirit pokemon.’ It was tossed together kinda quick (1.5 to 2 hours) but I wanted to get my rage out on this one.