At first I thought this was funny and just a little nuts, but I think there is a much bigger issue here. There really are people in the world that think that fictional movies and games should not depict the use of animal skins as clothing.
So yes, PETAUK apparently did send Games Workshop a letter about the use of fur on their models and fictional background stories. While amusing and downright frustrating that PETA feels the need to do this, they ignore that the game also has models wearing human skins, using human skulls as adornment to tanks and armor and much worse. I imagine we should also touch that the treatment of aliens and demons should also should be discouraged because in the future if we ever do really meet them, our views will be tainted to destroy them.
I imagine thousands of GW players world wide going and trapping animals in the wilderness or setting up animal farms for fur, just to wear pelts to emulate Space Wolf fashion.
Anyhow, thank you to DAMO.R for linking us up to this story and bringing it to our attention. Also to Thomas for the emails on this.
Please GW, ignore the crazy request from PETA and do not squat Space Wolves.
Here is an excerpt from the PETA letter, and the link to go read it for yourself.
PETA has written to Games Workshop CEO Kevin Rountree asking that the leading British miniature war-gaming brand ban “fur” garments from all Warhammer characters. While we appreciate that they are 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.
If you feel the need to respond.... I will feature a special series of Space Wolf "What's On Your Table" dedication to the futuristic Genetically altered fanged humans that wear Wolf Pelts. So send in your pics.