- The Washington Times - Monday, January 30, 2017

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals affiliate in London is asking developers at Games Workshop to ban animal furs from its Warhammer 40,000 board game.

PETA UK said Monday that it sent a letter to Games Workshop CEO Kevin Rountree asking that the plastic figurines depicted in the board game be banned from wearing painted-on fur pelts in future editions.

The group spoke out on the issue in a blog post by PETA UK’s digital marketing manager, Dan Howe.

“[N]othing on the bloody battlefields of Warhammer’s conflict-ravaged universe could match the terrible reality that foxes, minks, rabbits, and other living beings experience at the hands of the fur trade,” Mr. Howe wrote.

“Those killed for their fur typically first endure a bleak life inside a tiny, filthy wire cage before being electrocuted, drowned, or even skinned alive,” he continued. “Or they may be in the wild, minding their own business, when they get caught in a horrific bone-crushing steel-jaw trap — often languishing for days before eventually dying from starvation, dehydration, or blood loss.”

Mr. Howe said that while PETA UK understands the figurines are purely fictional, “draping them in what looks like 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.”

Games Workshop, based in Nottingham, U.K., did not respond to the BBC’s request for comment.

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