So here’s some ridiculous news for today. Dice Tower News has reported that The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have issued a letter to Games Workshop, asking them to remove the “fur” garments worn by Warhammer characters. Yes, you read that correctly. PETA have taken umbrage with plastic figures wearing plastic clothes that are modelled to look like fur.
Addressed to Kevin Rountree, Chief Executive Officer for Games Workshop Group, the letter goes on to state that battle-hardened warriors wearing animal pelts “doesn’t add up”, and that “wearing the skins of dead animals doesn’t take any skill.” Oh, and that nothing on the “bloody battlefields of Warhammer’s war-torn world could match the horrific reality that foxes, minks, rabbits, and other living beings experience at the hands of the fur trade.”
PETA did at least acknowledge that they are fictional characters, but state that “draping them in what looks to be 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.”
Look, I understand where PETA are coming from. Or, at least, I’m trying to see their perspective. But do they really think that people are that dumb? Like, really really? I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to support the illegal fur trade just because my Warhammer figures look like they’re wearing fur. I’m pretty sure I can differentiate a made-up, fantasy world from the real one. But that’s just my two cents.
You can read the letter in full here (PDF)