StarCraft players gearing up for the launch of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm will be getting a new perspective on the game’s aliens, the Zerg.
Tonight, peta2—or, as we are renaming ourselves in honor of the expansion pack’s launch, “tetz2″ (“Terrans for the Ethical Treatment of Zerglings”)—will attend the launch event in Irvine, California, and distribute copies of our new “Zerglings Have Feelings, Too” leaflets as a reminder that gamers and nongamers alike should have compassion for all beings—even those who are very different from us.
Heart for the Swarm
We always root for the underdogs (and undermice and underpigeons, etc.) here at peta2. While playing StarCraft, a staffer noticed how the Zerg were treated more like animals than like other people. But while Zerglings are not real, there are many equally “strange” and exotic animals we share this planet with who deserve our compassion. Just because crocodiles and snakes look alien to us, that doesn’t make it OK to skin them alive for a handbag, shoes, or a belt.
People often wonder what peta2 has against video games, especially after playing our Pokémon: Black and Blue or Super Tanooki Skin 2D parody games, which have each gotten millions of people to think about peta2’s issues. The truth is that some of us are gamers, too, and we get excited about combining that passion with animal rights. If we had to share our world with the Zerg in reality, we’d like to think that we’d make an effort to understand and respect them rather than sending out the battlecruisers.
So, if all this talk of “Zerg rights” has you thinking, “How can I help animals?” maybe it’s time for you to: