PETA has a history of targeting video games with their activism, and now the group is doing so once again. Yesterday, the organization sent a letter to Nintendo concerning the cow milking minigame in
1-2-Switch, complaining that the developer failed to include “all aspects of dairy farming.” The minigame, titled Milk, requires two players to simulate milking a cow by dragging the Joy-Con controller as if they were squeezing milk from a cow’s udder; however, PETA stated in their letter that Nintendo has “taken all the cruelty” out of milking cows.
The cow milking minigame features few graphics and sound effects, as do most of the mini-games included in
1-2-Switch, but PETA believes that the process by which a cow is milked should also be included. In their words, alongside the milking process, the game should add the “violent insemination of female cows” and show the “filthy conditions cows endure on farms.” The full letter, which includes their rest of their requests and their reasoning for such changes, can be viewed in the gallery below.
Nintendo has not yet publicly responded to PETA’s letter, though they very well might, as they have done exactly that in the past. Back in 2012, when PETA released their parody of
Pokémon called Pokémon Black and Blue that put the creatures in violent and bloody situations, Nintendo responded by releasing a statement saying, “Nintendo and the Pokémon Company take the inappropriate use of our products and intellectual property seriously.” PETA hasn’t gone nearly as far with this letter as they did with Black and Blue, of course, but it still may warrant some sort of response from the Big N.
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Source: Nintendo Everything