The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has decided to go after Nintendo for the 1-2-Switch minigame in which you carry out milking actions.
The decision came after Nintendo accepted a “milk off” challenge from Vermont-based Billings Farm & Museum who felt the minigame had oversimplified the process of milking a real cow.
In a letter to Nintendo from Ingrid E. Newkirk, head of PETA, made its way onto Facebook where part of it reads.
Our staffers and activisits have recently played the cow-milking minigame for Nintendo Switch and realized you’ve taken all the cruelty out of milking. We have more than 35 years of experience investigating dairy farms where cows are exploited for their milk, and it is NEVER that pleasant for these animals. Can we have some realism here, please?
It goes on to say
We’d be happy to provide you with video footage of the filthy conditions that cows endure on farms for you to include in your game. If you think that the gruesome nature of this would be too upsetting, we suggest that instead of sugarcoating the subject, Nintendo switch to simulating activities in which no animals suffer.”
Here is the letter in full:
While the letter is unlikely to change the way Nintendo makes its games, it does help PETA raise animal cruelty awareness by releasing the statements alongside big media events like the release of the Nintendo Switch.
PETA has taken massive positive steps in highlighting animal cruelty and poor practises at farms, among other things, to raise public awareness of how some animals are treated. One such farm is highlighted in a blog post which accompanied the release of the letter where the animals were definitely not treated with respect or in a way that any human should treat an animal.
If you aren’t familiar with the Milk game in 1-2-Switch, this is what is being discussed.
1-2-Switch is available now for the Nintendo Switch and features numerous minigames.
Nintendo is, like any game company, never going to show the graphical reality of life and animal cruelty practises as that isn’t “fun” just like PETA is never going to raise awareness of dairy farms that treat their cows fairly. Now we agree that animal cruelty is wrong but in a minigame where there isn’t even a cow, it seems PETA has picked an odd fight. That is in stark contrast to the organisations own handling of animals and its record of euthanising thousands of animals every year.