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PETA Protests Against Fake Fish Tanks In 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons'

It seems like animal rights group PETA has recently expanded their cause to include animals, specifically fishes, which aren’t real in the first place, as it recently staged a protest to free the virtual fishes from their virtual water tanks in the hit video game “Animal Crossing: New Horizons.”

PETA Protests Against Caged Fishes In Video Game

Effortlessly placing itself in the middle of the video game boom because of the coronavirus pandemic, Nintendo’s “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” is a relaxing jaunt of a game, placing you in an idyllic, deserted, vacation island where you can grow plants, invite villagers and build your own house.

However, it seems like animal group rights PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) isn’t okay with one of the game’s mechanics. That is, with the way players can catch virtual fish and, well… put them in virtual water tanks for display.

This is because, recently, PETA shared a video on Twitter just this Wednesday of an apparent in-game protest outside Blathers’ Museum, run by a cartoon owl in the game. The video reportedly shows in-game players outside the museum running around while shouting messages like “EMPTY THE TANKS” and “FISH ARE FRIENDS.” A few of them are even surrounding Blathers, the cartoon owl itself.

“Blathers encourages players to take fish out of their natural habitats so he can trap them in tiny tanks. CANCELLED,” PETA wrote in the video’s caption.

When asked for an in-game comment, Blathers simply said “WHO?” since the owl isn’t real, and neither are the captured fish.

Nevertheless, PETA still followed up the original tweet with a more in-depth guide on how one can go vegan in the game, even recommending that players should avoid going fishing, digging up for clams and catching bugs, all of which are important in-game activities that have no real-world consequences.

“Fishing isn’t vegan! Even in the fictional world of this game, sentencing animals to a lifetime of suffering before killing and skinning them, just to wear their skin, fur, or feathers, is so not cool,” PETA wrote.

Users then criticized the animal group’s tweet while some simply made memes.

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