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Fur flies as PETA turn ire on Super Mario

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By John Glenday | Reporter

November 16, 2011 | 1 min read

Mario’s traditional arch nemesis may be Bowser but the videogame mascot may have encountered a far more formidable foe in the shape of PETA – the anti-fur campaigners.

Their ire has been stirred by Mario’s practice of donning a Tanooki suit which grants him special in game powers.

In the real world however Tanooki’s are raccoon dogs, skinned alive for their fur.

To highlight their message PETA have produced their own non Nintendo sanctioned interpretation of the videogame hit – the gory Super Tanooki Skin 2D.

Explaining their stance PETA stated: “When on a mission to rescue the princess, Mario has been known to use any means necessary to defeat his enemy—even wearing the skin of a raccoon dog to give him special powers.

“Tanooki may be just a "suit" in Mario games, but in real life, tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur. By wearing Tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it's OK to wear fur. Play Super Tanooki Skin 2D and help Tanooki reclaim his fur!”

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