- Apr 10, 2003
No they haven't. You've conflated two separate things.
Namco chose to pre-emptively drop Roger the kangeroo because the backlash against a viral video of a guy punching a kangaroo showed an increase in the vocality of people against such things.
The writer of the linked-to article then independently decided to ask PETA, after the fact, what their take was on Namco choosing to drop Roger, and PETA then gave a quote.
Reading comprehension - it's a useful skill to have.
As is reading the linked-to articles instead of just believing the title of an article you've read on the internet and wading in guns blazing.
Meanwhile Roger Jr, the boxing kangaroo, has sadly been cut. “There was a video of a man’s dog being headlocked by a kangaroo, and he punched it in the face”, Harada says. “It turned into a big problem. People were complaining about him punching a kangaroo. It seems that in the last few years there’s a lot more animal activists – even though they probably wouldn’t play our game they would still hear about that, about a kangaroo in our game being punched, and would complain about it.” Kuma the bear is still in the game, though, because a bear is “obviously stronger than a human being”.