Animal rights activists demanded an iconic tabletop gaming company get rid of plastic figurines that depict characters wearing fur.
Activists with PETA demanded the CEO of Games Workshop, the company behind the popular tabletop game Warhammer 40K, eliminate any miniatures that wear fur. Not real fur, just plastic depictions of fur.
“The grimdark, battle-hardened warriors are known for their martial prowess – but wearing the skins of dead animals doesn’t take any skill,” Dan Howe, a digital market manager for PETA, wrote in a press statement. “Indeed, nothing on the bloody battlefields of Warhammer’s conflict-ravaged universe could match the terrible reality that foxes, minks, rabbits, and other living beings experience at the hands of the fur trade.”
PETA claims draping characters in such raiment “in what looks like a replica of a dead animal sends the message that wearing fur is acceptable – when, in fact, it has no more place in 2017 than it would in the year 40,000.”
The tabletop game Warhammer 40K is set in a distant, dark future where humanity wages endless war against numerous alien races and demonic entities. The animal rights group appears to be angry that some of the game’s fictional, genetically-engineered super-soldiers, called “Space Marines,” are occasionally depicted wearing fur trophies from the mutant animals they hunt. There are other models in the game which literally wear human skin.
Warhammer fans aren’t buying PETA’s argument.
“I don’t really understand how PETA can seriously be asking this,” Josh Gibson, an avid Warhammer 40,000 fan, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Though I dislike PETA for all it is, at least in the past its been real fur that they’ve boycotted.”
Although this is its first move against the tabletop game industry, PETA has published several parody video games to promote its agenda.
Last November, two PETA employees stole a family’s pet Chihuahua off their porch and ultimately euthanized the animal.The family captured video of this occurring on their home surveillance system. When caught, the PETA workers apologized by giving the family a fruit basket.
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