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PETA UK has revealed that they have sent Games Workshop CEO Kevin Rountree a letter asking that they ban anything that looks like fur from all Warhammer characters.

On their website, they put a post up explaining their position, which seems to largely be focused on the more popular Warhammer 40k line, with one bit even directly referencing the year 40,000. Nowhere in the piece is there any mention of Warhammer Fantasy or the other lines, and early on they compare surviving in that universe to the reality of animals who are caught in the fur trade.

To ensure no one thinks that we are publishing any hyperbole in their statement, we are publishing it here in whole for you to judge for yourselves:

The grimdark, battle-hardened warriors are known for their martial prowess – but wearing the skins of dead animals doesn’t take any skill.

Indeed, nothing 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. Those killed for their fur typically first endure a bleak life inside a tiny, filthy wire cage before being electrocuted, drowned, or even skinned alive. Or they may be in the wild, minding their own business, when they get caught in a horrific bone-crushing steel-jaw trap – often languishing for days before eventually dying from starvation, dehydration, or blood loss.

PETA has written to Games Workshop CEO Kevin Rountree asking that the leading British miniature war-gaming brand ban “fur” garments from all Warhammer characters. 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.


We have reached out to Games Workshop for comment and will update this if we receive a response.

Quick Take

PETA has a history of some really bizarre and weird activities, but even for them this is strange and over the top. This is, as one might expect, totally nonsensical and essentially insane. We’re talking about fictional characters, in a fictional universe, with fake fur that you’re guessing is fur, because it’s made of another material on the damn model. It’s not like any of the models have literal fur on them. 

On another note, if we assume for some reason that these are real beings in some way there, it is FAR WORSE in Warhammer-verse. I mean, those animals are non-sapient beings, and there aren’t any sort of eldritch abominations attempting to warp their minds and control them or destroy the whole universe around them. Not only that, they might be left on the battlefield for days bleeding out, dying from severe injuries and no one cares because they are busy with other things or can’t find them on the battlefield with thousands and more dead.

Don Parsons

News Editor

I've been a gamer for years of various types starting with the Sega Genesis and Shining Force when I was young. If I'm not playing video games, I'm often roleplaying, reading, writing, or pondering things brought up by speculative fiction.

  • Games Workshop doesn’t even listen to their own fans, they won’t listen to PETA.

  • Garbagio Dumpsterino

    >draping them in what looks like a replica of a dead animal sends the message that wearing fur is acceptable

    Oh really? What other messages does it send? I don’t know enough about Warhammer to make a good joke here.

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  • Scionyde

    Please tell me you forgot to add “Kekraptor” to the title of this article. This can’t be real, right? …Right?


    HA HA HA HA HA! Couldn’t have happened to a nicer company. Though as another comment pointed out, they don’t even listen to their customers…fuck that, they don’t even listen to their investors, why would they listen to PETA? But, I place money that this is the first time they listen to anyone and the Space Wolves get de-furred.

  • GrimFate

    You obviously have little to no experience with PETA.

  • GrimFate

    Good ol’ PETA. In a FICTIONAL world, full of war and death, their main concern is the fact that animals are being used as part of some fictional character’s outfits, because it “sends the message that wearing fur is acceptable”. I’m sure there are plenty of people who take style tips from Warhammer 40k and so think wearing fur is alright because various fictional characters in the universe do it.

  • WhiteNut

    My knowledge of the WH40k universe is sparse at best, but if we took the game seriously as PETA is suggesting we’d have some seriously drugged up zealots running about with nail guns, while draped in furs. And fucking xenos everywhere. To be fair though, I wouldn’t object to a throne of skulls however.

  • The only good thing about PETA is their naked women, otherwise anyone compromising with them has lost their marbles.

  • Legionarius

    I’m totally against animal abuse and I think that humans should not kill other animals unless it’s in self-defense or for food but of course this is for REAL animals. I don’t see why they’re making a big deal out of what fake characters wear in a game, it’s all just pixels lol.

  • magicalfollower

    This is beyond ridiculous.
    Please tell me they won’t be forced to do anything…

  • Kyle Haddad

    oh no, not just pixels, but plastic models as well. After getting their asses beat on the digital front, they’re trying to go for the far more niche tabletop market now. Now if this was any company that wasn’t Games Workshop, they might have an effect. But as we all know, Games workshop doesn’t have ears apparently and don’t listen to their consumers anyway.

  • Emprah

    I think it is okey because I’m a man. Warhammer has nothing to do with it.

  • Emprah

    I bet they think GW has bred a mouse size wolf so that they skin for the model’s fur. Peta is that stupid.

  • Psyramics

    PETA’s killed more animals than Game Workshop ever will.

  • Kyle Haddad

    What you speak my Emprah, is truth that even a blind Heretic could not deny as truth…

  • lyra_asriel

    Wearing fur is a non-issue. It’s attractive and other peoples’ beliefs regarding the rights of animals are just as valid as yours. You do you, I’ll do me – and I like fur.

  • Typical

    I want pets to stop killing more animals than the ASPCA down the street.

  • Scruffy, the Janitor

    brb, gonna start up Space Wolves again. May even do 13th Company for even more wolfmen in pelts.