Controversial animal rights organisation PETA has protested the inclusion of the fish exhibits in Animal Crossing, claiming players should ‘empty the tanks’.
PETA has staged a virtual protest against the museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, claiming that museum director Blathers is ‘cancelled’.
The TikTok video features a number of players storming the museum and demanding that Blathers should ‘empty the tanks’.
The problem is the museum starts off as empty and the tanks are only filled if you decide to catch fish and give them to Blathers, so whoever at PETA made this video would’ve had to go and fish for the museum exhibits themselves – before then protesting their existence.
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If you don’t want to catch fish in Animal Crossing you don’t have to or you can simply catch them and then throw them back – like most things in the game it’s entirely up to you.
The protest also ignores the fact that there’s a bug gallery at the museum that works in exactly the same way, but that isn’t mentioned in the video.
PETA often targets video games that include violence against animals, although most of the time it just turns into free advertising and there’s no sign that any publishers have ever changed anything because of them.
They’ve already posted a vegan’s guide to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which also suggested players shouldn’t help stock the museum with animals or dig up clams.
Although that does ignore the fact that if people are fishing or hunting in a game they’re not doing it in real life, which would seem to be a good thing.
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