What’s happening in the world today? First, Affleck drops out of directing The Batman, then Peter Capaldi announced that he was stepping down from Doctor Who. And now, PETA is calling for a Warhammer ‘fur’ ban.
The animal rights group PETA has written to Games Workshop asking for Warhammer to not dress its miniatures in plastic fur. We kid you not. The complaint is about the painted-on animal pelts some of the figurines wear in the Warhammer 40,000 board game. Warhammer 40,000 is set in a futuristic world wear armies seek to conquer with huge weapons.
“While we appreciate that they are fictional,” the group says, “draping them in what looks like a replica of a dead animal sends the message that wearing fur is acceptable.”
“[N]othing on the bloody battlefields of Warhammer’s conflict-ravaged universe could match the terrible reality that foxes, minks, rabbits, and other living beings experience at the hands of the fur trade,” PETA UK’s digital marketing manager, Dan Howe, wrote in a blog post.
“Those killed for their fur typically first endure a bleak life inside a tiny, filthy wire cage before being electrocuted, drowned, or even skinned alive,” he continued. “Or they may be in the wild, minding their own business, when they get caught in a horrific bone-crushing steel-jaw trap — often languishing for days before eventually dying from starvation, dehydration, or blood loss.”
Of course, fans took to Twitter to vent their outrage:
@PETA Warhammer is plastic miniatures. If it was REAL fur, fair enough. But it's just PLASTIC.
— Ineptus Astartes (@AstartesIneptus) January 30, 2017
I can't even, Peta has asked Games Workshop to ban fur from Warhammer models. pic.twitter.com/nNM8OJbFfU
— Lewisk Gone Old (@lewisk1988) January 30, 2017
— Tom Evans (@tomwe) January 30, 2017
Of course, the appeal has been met with ridicule online, as no animals have been harmed. It is a fantasy game. Emphasis on ‘fantasy’.