Even if you've never played the game, you're more than likely familiar with the game Pokémon and the little creatures you're catching while playing the game. The idea is that when you catch a Pokemon, you house them in little pokéballs. Now PETA is claiming that the game promotes animal cruelty.

In a statement, PETA claims:

Pokémon are treated as unfeeling objects and used for such things as human entertainment and as subjects in experiments. The way that Pokémon are stuffed into pokéballs is similar to how circuses chain elephants inside railroad cars and let them out only to perform confusing and often painful tricks that were taught using sharp steel-tipped bullhooks and electric shock prods.

While some may find PETA's statement a little strange, they are right on the money – Pokémon are treated as subjects for human entertainment and they are treated as unfeeling objects. Because they are unfeeling objects.

Shocking as this may be, I'm going to go out on a limb here and make a bold claim, that the Pokémon in these games probably don't care if they're stuffed in a pokéball because they aren't real. I've played the game myself and it never gave me the idea that I should go punch my cat in the face or confine her to a small ball. This statement is just as ridiculous as the last time they went after Nintendo because Mario was wearing a “fur” Tanooki suit.

News flash – Mario isn't real either.