PETA Wants Warhammer To Stop Their Fictional Characters From Using Fur
The Warhammer franchise was created by Games Workshop and features both a Sci Fi world set in the year 40,000 and a fantasy setting. The tone of both worlds is incredibly grim, often resulting in a battle for survival against the forces of undead, demons, ogres, orks, lizardmen, elves, and so on. Their games are played mostly in a tabletop fashion with plastic models, dice, and a giant rule book. There are also video games that bring the world of Warhammer and Warhammer 40k to fans such as Eternal Crusade, Space Marine, Vermintide, Total War: Warhammer and so on.
Once again, all the characters and races featured in the games are mostly fictional and presented to the player in a virtual fashion or in the form of plastic models. It surprised me that PETA(People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) would reach out to Games Workshop to request CEO Kevin Rountree to ban fur garments from all Warhammer characters in the lore and on the all plastic models.
“From the mighty Leman Russ and Horus Lupercal to Chaos Warriors and the Sisters of Silence, Warhammer features an abundance of characters who wear what appear to be animal pelts, which just doesn’t add up”, the group says in the letter. “These battle-hardened warriors are known for their martial prowess – but wearing the skins of dead animals doesn’t take any skill.” – Via
To their credit, I can understand if they didn’t actually research the lore in depth because for us fans, it is still pretty convoluted but the world of Warhammer or the galaxy of 40k is pretty dark. We are talking entire worlds being devoured by locust like alien creatures or dark gods that twist all life into unspeakable horrors of the warp. Even in the fantasy setting, there are tribal aspects which warrant the use of fur for warmth. Lore wise, the Imperium of Man or the Tau probably safe guard wildlife to ensure their survival from the darker corners of the world. Especially Space Wolves who are practically werewolves who fight alongside actual wolves to defend their galaxy from alien or demonic threat.
They did comment on the lore being fictional: “And even though Warhammer characters are fictional, draping them in what looks to be a replica of a dead animal sends the message that wearing fur is acceptable – when, in fact, it has no more place in 2017 than it would in the year 40,000” –Via
In this day and age I do agree that animals should not be used for clothing by modern societies who are able to fashion tools and clothing from other materials but going after a fictional world? That just seems so odd.
If you’d like to read the full letter, it is available here: http://www.peta.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Games-Workshop-Ban-Fur-Letter.pdf
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