PETA is protesting Animal Crossing: New Horizons once again, this time taking issue with the curator of the game’s museum, Blathers the owl. Taking to TikTok and Twitter, PETA shared a video of their in-game protest of Blathers, who has incurred their wrath for his displays of live fish and bugs.
As you can see in the tweet below, the protest saw several members of PETA gather outside the virtual AC museum with signs reading “EMPTY THE TANKS.” The crew also “chanted” the same words to a very perturbed-looking Blathers. Poor guy.
Of course, people aren’t too happy with the virtual protest. PETA has been heavily criticised for its often outlandish marketing stunts over the years, and the company has gotten a bad reputation for its approach to animal kill shelters.
This isn’t the first time PETA has commented on the beloved Nintendo title. Just a few days before the title launched, the controversial group, which purports to be in aid of animal rights, created a vegan’s guide to the game.
Y'all went fishing, donated them to the museum, and then blamed Blathers… pic.twitter.com/vOPGsc0GQF— Ian 🍎 (@AtomicIanK) May 20, 2020
PETA explained at the time: “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.”
There’s a number of reasons why the Blathers x PETA protest is a little silly. Firstly, the PETA team had to have caught fish in order to give them to Blathers for display, so surely all they’re doing here is protesting their own work? Also, it’s a video game. I don’t imagine PETA is done with AC quite yet though…
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