As the owner of a rescue dog, I truly understand and appreciate the idea of protecting animal rights.  However, I think the latest efforts from PETA make their entire organization look like a joke.

The video game Super Mario Bros. 3 was released in 1988 in Japan and 1990 in the United States, but apparently it took more than 21 years to get the attention of PETA.

They object to the Tanooki suit, which allows Mario to fly, float and turn into a statue.  They claim that the use of the suit by everyone's favorite video game plumber is no different than wearing fur.  PETA notes that the real-life tanuki are raccoon dogs from Japan that are skinned alive for their fur.

When I read this story, I was amazed that an organization such as PETA would waste anyone's time with a claim like this.  I mean think about it.  This is a video game that was released decades ago, and it's just now catching their attention?  Not to mention... IT'S A VIDEO GAME!!!  This is what PETA is worried about?  Skinning digital animals and wearing their computer generated fur?  Why don't they concern themselves with actual animal abuse?

Check out the PETA website to see their claim and play their "Save Your Skin" game, and check out the full story from Clevver Games below.