Unbelievable, but the folks at my favorite charitable organization are at again. This time, the target is, no joke... The video game character "Super Mario".

Ok, here is the reasoning: In several of the Mario games for the past few decades, Mario has been able to find and wear a suit made out of fur.  It's called a tanooki suit . . . tanukis are Japanese raccoon dogs.  The suit usually gives Mario the power to fly.

PETA says,

"Tanooki may be just a 'suit' in Mario games, but by wearing the skin of an animal, Mario is sending the message that it's okay to wear fur."

You have to be kidding me.  First of all, I want to ask PETA this when it comes to fur... "PETA, have you people ever seen a mink?"  I would guess that you have not because, trust me, if the roles were reversed, those viscous buggers would be wearing your skin.  Guaranteed.

Secondly, this is nothing more than a shameless media grab for your organization.  Whether or not a poorly rendered video game character is wearing fur is REALLY reaching when trying to present your cause.

As part of the campaign, PETA has also created an over the top side-scrolling web-based video game called “Super Tanooki Skin 2D.” It features a skinless tanooki chasing after Mario, who is attempting to fly away while wearing the animal’s blood-drenched fur.

BTW, here is a picture of a couple of actual Japanese Tanuki:


As for me, I am a card-carrying member of PETA.  People Eating Tasty Animals!  Yum.