DigiYumi: Peta 2 Kills Virtual Seals in World of Warcraft

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In order to stop the slaughtering of baby seals in Canada, animal rights group Peta 2 plans to kill a few of their own, virtually speaking, in World of Warcraft on Saturday, April 11. Peta 2's current 'Stop the Seal Slaughter' campaign hopes to draw attention to the mass killings and is protesting the Olympic Organizing Committee's approval for Vancouver as the location of the 2010 Olympic winter games.

The following is not an unfortunate April fools joke. A team of four Undead Horde on the Whisperwind realm will be slaughtering baby seals in the Howling Fjord at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST. Peta 2 claims that the honorable shaman Warchief Thrall has ignored the Alliance's multiple requests to ban the killing of seals. Peta 2 continues to provide misinformation on their blog, stating that you have to be level 70 to enter the Howling Fjord. The suggested level to start questing in the Howling Fjord is 68, and anyone, regardless of level, can take a Zeppelin to the zone as long as you have the Wrath of the Lich King expansion.

Alternative Northrend starting zone known as the Borean Tundra is home to World of Warcraft's Peta parody known as D.E.T.A (Druids for the Ethical and Humane Treatment of Animals). D.E.T.A's quest line for their achievement D.E.T.A's little P.I.T.A includes trapping fur trappers, killing loot-crazed divers, and saving baby elephants. All of which is legitimate in game content. Peta 2's unofficial rally to 'kill seals to show killing seals is wrong' exists only on one server. World of Warcraft hosts a myriad of in game events such as Azerothian holidays and even had a special for international talk-like-a-pirate day. However, this is not an offical Blizzard event. Peta 2 is designed for teenagers and college students who continue ridiculous campaigns like trying rename fish 'Sea Kittens'.

The choice of Horde's Undead is most likely due to their decrepit, zombie-like appearance. The Undead are former humans and victims of the scourge plague who follow the lead of Sylvanas Windrunner, not Thrall. Peta 2 also ignores the fact that D.E.T.A.'s biggest adversary is Hemet Nesingwary, a Dwarf hunter who has been slaughtering scores of animals throughout the World of Warcraft. Nesingwary is neutral in order to give quests to players from both sides; however, the Dwarves' allegiance lies with the Alliance.

Player verses environment (PvE) servers like the Whisperwind realm make it more difficult to kill fellow players. Such an event would prove more successful if it were held on a player-versus-player (PvP) server where you can kill an opposing faction player at will. Perhaps they are trying to ensure that their four players actually reach their bloody destination before flagging themselves PvP. Four players are not even adequate to run an instance (dungeon). To participate you must be on the Whisperwind server. If you are not on the server, the character transfer fee is US$25. A better option, if one were to follow through on this plan, would be to claim that Arathas wanted a new baby seal jacket and send Death Knights from both factions to skin them.

Peta 2 Warcraft blog entry

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Article and cartoon by AuroraDizon. All opinions and views expressed are those of Aurora Dizon and not PC World. Aurora Dizon is a long-time vegetarian and strong supporter of animal rights. Poorly planned events like these only hinder advancement of animal rights everywhere. Stay up to date with DigiYumi's twitter feed @DigiYumi.

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