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PETA asks Games Workshop to be fur-free

Published: February 16, 2017

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) UK sent a letter to Kevin Rountree, CEO of Games Workshop, asking the company to ban “fur” garments from all characters in the Warhammer 40,000 board game.
Part of the organization’s letter read, “[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 … 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.”

Game Workshop’s response was in the form of a fictional bulletin, written for the attention of Imperial Guardsmen, characters in Warhammer 40,000, saying they should refrain from removing the fur from fallen combatants.

Part of the response read, “It has come to our attention that the more unscrupulous of you have been using the pelts, hides and even skins of fallen xenos beasts to supplement the warmth* afforded by your combat fatigues. This is unacceptable. … In the pursuit of victory and survival, and in the name of the Holy Emperor of Mankind, you will—of course—be required to engage in deadly combat with terrifying foes that may well be trying to flay you alive, but that’s no excuse to stoop to their level.”