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PETA’s guide to playing Animal Crossing can be safely ignored for the rubbish propoganda that it is

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I’m an optimist when it comes to everything in life, and even in these trying times I still believe that tomorrow will be worth waiting for. The current global situation may be tense, but hey at least there’s a silver lining to the impending lockdown! A chance to play more video games! If you’re looking for something utterly wholesome to try out, you can’t do much better than Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Nintendo’s latest return to its delightful island of critters is mesmerising stuff, able to take a number of worries off your mind as you create your own virtual utopia. There’s a number of ways to play the game, but it’s your way that matters the most. That and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals can get stuffed, as their latest attempt to remain relevant while simultaneously giving proper animal rescue groups a bad name isn’t even worth hyperlinking to.

PETA’s latest stunt is a walkthrough that can be safely tossed into the bin where it belongs. There’s nothing wrong with being vegan, but even the staunchest believer in a meat-free life would probably order a T-Bone steak before following these “tips”. According to PETA, pretty much every activity available in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is verboten. Thinking of doing some fishing? “Fishing isn’t vegan! You shouldn’t fish in real life, so you shouldn’t fish in the game,” PETA wrote while presumably asking for people to please think about the fish.

Want to start an insect museum? Shame on you! “Just as fish don’t belong in tanks, bugs don’t belong in tiny cases in a museum for other villagers to gawk at,” PETA added while trying to hide the fact that 81% of the animals sent to their last chance resort are allegedly euthanized.

Your island should be a place where wildlife is free to live without being captured and exploited in a museum.

According to PETA, the following activities should be strictly ignored. Just like common sense when they went to court to fight for a monkey who they thought legally owned the copyright to its own selfie I crap thee not:

  • Digging for clams
  • Engaging with hermit crabs
  • Not eating vegan food on your island
  • Building a doghouse

Here’s my favourite part from PETA’s page on Animal Crossing. Within the franchise, its generally accepted and forgiven that series mascot Tom Nook is pretty much exploiting you for his own gain. That being said, should you feel any malice towards Nook for his subtle actions? Nope, because he’s a victim of circumstance:

Tom Nook is a tanooki, a racoon dog. Racoon dogs are often killed their fur. Tom Nook’s family may have been beaten, anally electrocuted to death, gassed, or skinned alive. Cut him some slack.

I’m not saying that isn’t true, but way to horrify people wanting to escape from this world and deal with a capitalist racoon dog. PETA’s entire goal is to spread the message of a vegan lifestyle, which isn’t bad but is also the equivalent of consulting a butcher on how to remove a tattoo via limb severing methods.

Feel free to ignore everything PETA has to say, rather pay attention to responsible and more compassionate organisations such as The Vegan Society if you’re looking to change up your lifestyle.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Critical Hit as an organisation.

Last Updated: March 24, 2020


  1. PETA can go get bent


  2. Kervyn Cloete

    March 24, 2020 at 12:46

    “anally electrocuted to death”. Found my new punk rock band name.


    • Kromas

      March 24, 2020 at 12:52

      Punk rock …. you mean Metal Band.


  3. Politics

    March 24, 2020 at 14:28

    Or: how ‘DARRYN BONTHUYS’ is a psychopath who doesn’t care about murdering others.


    • Gavin Mannion

      March 24, 2020 at 16:40

      To be fair to Darryn, he is a psychopath…



  4. Gardos

    March 25, 2020 at 10:45

    It just goes back to separating real life from video game life. I know plenty vegans and they probably wouldn’t support any of those activities in real life. But it’s a game… Those same vegans mow down cows in GTA but that doesn’t mean they support that activity in real life.

    With Animal Crossing being primarily a children’s game then perhaps that’s where they’re coming from. If it normalises an activity like fishing and sells it to kids, obviously an organisation like PETA would be against it. Nobody should be surprised.


  5. Lucy_P

    March 27, 2020 at 16:34

    PETA has always spoken openly about its shelter and the unfortunate need to euthanize animals who cannot be adopted. Please see this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbzT6qi6ldc&feature=youtu.be. PETA operates one small shelter—a shelter of last resort for animals who need euthanasia to end their suffering (many of whom have been rejected by other facilities). This includes dogs who are aggressive and unadoptable because they have been kept chained their entire lives; feral cats dying of contagious diseases; animals who are wracked with cancer; elderly animals who have no quality of life and whose desperate guardians brought them to PETA because they can’t afford to pay a vet to euthanize them; and the list goes on. A painless end is a kindness for these animals, and the services PETA provides are vitally needed in an area where many people can’t afford to take their animals to a veterinarian.


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