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Cooking Mama Responds to PETA Parody

Written by PETA | November 20, 2008
Mama Loves Animals

Earlier this week, when PETA released our parody of Majesco’s Cooking Mama video game series, we wondered how the game would go over with the folks at Majesco. We were extremely happy yesterday when we received Majesco’s public response, which included the following:

Cooking Mama World Kitchen includes more than 25 vegetarian-friendly recipes including delicious breakfast, dinner, dessert and snack options. And, while Mama is not a vegetarian, she fully supports the humane treatment of animals, particularly for her canine protégé Max who makes his doggie debut in World Kitchen.

Majesco even pulled Mama from the kitchen to get her thoughts on the matter. “I would never put rat in my Ratatouille,” said Mama. “Like any accomplished cook, I create my recipes to appeal to a broad range of tastes and preferences. My only goal is to ensure you leave the table well fed.”

Now that I know I have Mama’s attention:

Dearest Mama,

On behalf of everyone who worked on Cooking Mama: Mama Kills Animals, The Unauthorized PETA Edition, I wholeheartedly want to thank you for the hours of enjoyment you have provided us through your various Cooking Mama games. We played and studied them as we prepared our lighthearted parody of your successful series.

Based on your and Majesco’s good-natured responses to PETA’s game, I think you understand that although we made you into a demonic, knife-wielding maniac in Cooking Mama: Mama Kills Animals, we still love you. While we had a good time roasting you, the real purpose of our game, of course, was to bring to light some of the horrific practices of the turkey industry. And we mean the animals who are actually mistreated—not the virtual ones you cook up in your digital kitchen. I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that, as a result of our game, tens of thousands of people have watched undercover footage from turkey factory farms, and hundreds of thousands have been exposed to the idea that how we treat animals matters.

It’s great to hear that you want to “make the world a happier place,” because that’s pretty much what we want to do too (though it seems that we might have different tactics …). I do hope that you seriously consider making a vegetarian diet a part of your strategy for world happiness. By adopting a vegetarian diet, you can save more than 100 animals per year. Plus, vegetarians live longer and have a considerably lower carbon footprint. I know that—as you are a digital being—these benefits don’t exactly apply to you, but I still urge you to take the pledge to be veg for 30 days.

Even if you don’t take the plunge into the wonderful world of vegetarianism yourself, I still hope that you will consider making a vegetarian-only Cooking Mama game. There is such a variety of international cuisine, including Indian, Thai, Japanese, and Middle Eastern cuisine, with an abundance of vegetarian and vegan options for you and your followers to explore.

If you do decide to move forward with Cooking Mama: Vegetarian Kitchen please contact us so that we can help promote your game to our over 2 million members and supporters. I already look forward to playing it!


Joel Bartlett
Assistant Director of Marketing
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

P.S. Please give Max a big hug from everyone at PETA!

Written by Joel Bartlett

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  • That Black Guy says:

    I love how PETA does this. Create some over the top attack ad on something or someone. People see it and realize PETA went overboard. PETA responds by saying it’s a parody. They assume everything is fine now.

  • Selphiefairy says:

    Actually, Im pretty sure cooking mama is Japanese. So Japanese food is not exactly “international” cuisine to here.

  • tomhead says:

    This game was anything but lighthearted. This is the kind of thing one would find on Newgrounds… next to the sex games and the shooting games and the torture games. I don’t agree with you on most of your views, but at least I respect you as an organization… but if you want as many followers as possible, you need to respect US in return. This was a big mistake. Better luck in the future, PETA.

  • Sarah says:

    How can you call the game you made a lighthearted parody? It’s clear from the minute you open that game that its only intend is to scare children away from eating meat. You don’t even show the proper way to prepare a turkey. You just stop after cleaning the turkey out. I understand the point of the game is to say that eating meat is wrong and vegetarianism is the only way to live, but don’t lie about. That game wasn’t a lighthearted parody. It was the farthest thing from it.

  • paris williams says:

    i love cooking mama she is the best but i dont like killing animals so i was woundering if you could get one on the internet that she doesnt thanks a bunch ttyn xxxxxxxxxxxx p.w xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Sierra Gill says:

    I have to say that the videos and this game itself inspired me to become a vegatarian. I haven’t eaten any meat in 3 months because of it!

  • Crysta says:

    We would love to see a vegetarian version of Cooking Mama. We love the game though my daughter says she pretends to use soy meat instead of real meat. The game isn’t evil it’s really pretty cool. But a vegetarian version would be amazing. We would be the first to purchase!

  • Melissa Merizalde says:

    OH i am so happy! I cannot wait to play the nvegetarian version of cooking mama! Ill be the first one at the store to pick it up. P.S today i am trading in my cooking mama games precisely because they contain meat recipes. No thanks!!

  • zoe fini says:

    I do not like this video. If you need to complain about turkeys farm made a video about it. DO NOT USE CHILDREN FOR YOUR PURPOSES. I UNDERSTAND THE ANIMAL’S RIGHTS BUT BE RESPECTFULL ABOUT FAMILY.

  • Mike oxmall says:

    great letter. thats so understanding Im starting to believe we can change peoples beliefs traditions and the world.

  • Ruth Zamora says:

    Great letter! Thank you!

  • Trinity says:

    That letter is so cute. I thought that Majecso would have rolled thier eyes or something. The Cooking Mama Vegetarian Kitchen would sell rather well though.

  • Alicia says:

    That’s so nice.

  • Canaduck says:

    Aw that’s so sweet!

  • drew says:

    Joel! Great letter! I’m pysched to play the Veg Kitchen version too.

  • Carla says:

    Oh Joel you’re so cute too!! Go Mama!!!