So I’m just going to break this story down for you in the realest way I can.
PETA UK has officially written to Games Workshop CEO Kevin Rountree to make a plea for the Warhammer 40,000 figurines, in particular the Space Vikings to stop wearing fur. For those of us not tuned in to the miniature, table-top, sci-fi war gaming circle, Warhammer 40,000 is a game where participants assemble and paint a myriad of tiny futuristic creatures to create armies to battle against other armies in a dystopian fantasy universe. Sounds pretty straight forward, right? Well, not if you’re a person for the ethical treatment of animals living in the UK.
PETA’s message is simple; Warhammer characters are “grimdark, battle-hardened warriors… known for their martial prowess – but wearing the skins of dead animals doesn’t take any skill.” The organization feels that nothing in the war torn, apocalyptic, savage universe of Warhammer 40,000 holds a candle to the real dangers that captured, innocent and tortured animals feel every day. This statement is completely true solely because this degraded dystopia space world doesn’t exist. It’s a game, people. And the action figures in question don’t actually wear any fur because they are made of plastic. It’s the depiction of the fur pelts worn over the armor of said Space Vikings that has PETA feeling uneasy saying that it, “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.” I’m no space archeologist but I feel like that statement is false.
As of now, Games Workshop has not responded to the demand, but PETA is a tenacious beast that won’t be ignored.