Written by Neville Percival Croft
Pokémon has been around since the 90s and has been a staple of many childhoods. We must not, however, let our naive nostalgia blind us to the evils committed by this seemingly-innocent game. To put it bluntly: Pokémon endorses animal abuse. Yes, yes, I can already picture you now, dear reader, wondering why. So hold on tight; you’re in for a ride.
When you first play Pokémon, you begin the game as a young person of undetermined gender wanting to make a difference to the world. While it is fine to see the main character wanting to do good, they get caught up in the despicable and cruel world of Pokémon battles. You are given the choice of three starter Pokémon and each of them has no idea about the life of suffering and pain that awaits them. Pokémon are trapped in sickeningly small cages called pokeballs and are force-fed potions after being made to fight each other. Why can’t these beautiful animals just roam free? I guess we’ll never know but at least it raises awareness to the decline of animal rights in Trump’s America.
We here at NPC Daily interviewed animal rights activist Sally Olivia Yang and asked her about her experiences with Pokémon.
My husband bought my daughter Pokémon as a Christmas present and at first I thought nothing of it. Eventually my daughter got heavily invested in this game so I thought I’d have a look and see exactly what she was playing. I was horrified. Watching these poor defenceless animals brutally kill each other was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to witness. I immediately banned her from playing Pokémon ever again and divorced my husband. Now I take my daughter to Antifa protests and pride parades so that she can learn how to be useful to society.
- Sally Olivia Yang, animal rights activist and intersectional feminist
It’s evident that Pokémon has had a terrible impact on not just the animals within the game but on the people forced to see these gruesome sights. Making animals fight each other for entertainment is no laughing matter and the creators of Pokémon should have realized this before they went ahead with the idea in the first place.
The only solution is seeing the sale of Pokémon games banned in America. That way our children will not be brainwashed into thinking that abusing animals is ok. Clearly more work needs to be done in the video game industry because it’s current form is inexcusable.
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