Whenever I start thinking this cartoon we’re living in can’t get any more ridiculous I can always count on the lunatics at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to prove to me that it can.
PETA’s latest moronic publicity stunt is attacking fantasy characters—who exist only as drawings and plastic figurines—for wearing fur. The target is the game Warhammer.
The animal rights charity has called upon Warhammer – that’s the miniature table top game Warhammer, where players use figurines of elves and orcs and goblins to stage fantasy battles – to stop dressing its characters in fur.
Well, that sort of makes sense, you might be thinking. The fur trade has been linked to horrific cruelty, after all, and there’s surely no reason for a game – or, indeed, for anyone – to use the material for frivolous purposes.
The one snag? Warhammer doesn’t actually use any fur in its products.
Instead, Peta wants the company to stop making plastic/resin models of characters that appear to be wearing fur.
In a fantasy game depicting violence and carnage, the real problem for PETA is how the characters choose to accessorize.
From the mighty Leman Russ and Horus Lupercal to Chaos Warriors and the Sisters of Silence, Warhammer features an abundance of characters who wear what appear to be animal pelts, which just doesn’t add up.
The grimdark, battle-hardened warriors are known for their martial prowess – but wearing the skins of dead animals doesn’t take any skill.
I’m not familiar with the Warhammer game universe, but if it follows the typical fantasy rules I suspect the pelts the warriors wear or from dangerous beasts that they have slain at risk to their own lives, and not something they picked up at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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 is dumber than a bag of warhammers.