Osaka, Japan— As if whale hunting wasn't enough, Japan's treatment of animals is once again in the news as the announcement of a new Pokémon gym has international activists groups in an uproar. According to a report by animal rights watch website Siliconera (translating the original article in Inside Games) Sanoyas Interaction aims to have the facility open and in operation by November 19th.
The purpose of the facility is to provide fans with advance on Pokémon, tips on using abilities, and overall a way for kids to also enjoy and learn to communicate with each other as part of the program.
There are various training programs and features such as "Charizard's Battle Colosseum" and "Gardevoir's Control Score," that will train you in various subjects, and will even reward you with special Pokémon for your X, Y, Alpha Sapphire, and Omega Ruby games.
Several groups including the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), World Animal Protection International, and International Organization for Animal Protection (OIPA) have voiced their opposition for the center which will imprison and display pokémon from around the world in restrictive containers known as Pokéballs.
Activists plan an entire month of demonstrations outside the center aimed at both educating the public about the need for better treatment of these majestic creatures as well as the preservation of their natural habitats in Pokemon Red, Blue, Gold, Silver, and even X and Y.
The cruel practice of pokémon battling originated in Japan in the mid-90's and has grown into an international phenomenon, encouraging children to capture animals and force them to battle for their own sick amusement. Far from being an isolated practice of Japan, this uniquely barbaric form of animal abuse has grown into an international phenomenon earning those associated over $2 billion in 2014 alone.
Despite the wave overwhelmingly negative news, there is hope. Many non-profit groups have formed specifically to help find homes for former pokémon including 'adopt a picachu, adopt a puppy' which seeks to help find new homes for former greyhounds, charmanders, pit bulls, and bulbasaurs.
"It's important to remember that all animals deserve a second chance, including pokémon," said the director of the organization Josh Ryebackler. "With love, time, and caring foster families even the most mistreated pokémon can be reintegrated back into a happy safe environment."
The Outhousers encourage readers who want to do more to visit a local adoption center and ask how you can help. You can see the rest of the pokémon center images here, but we warn they contain content that is both offensive and graphic.
[Editor's note: While this article is satirical, real animal fighting is not funny in any way shape or form. You can actually raise your awareness and take a stand against it by going to the Humane Society.]