As a counter point to the ficticous animal being eaten and a possible lawsuit from PETA, one must consider that animated kiddy porn is protected by law as freedom of expression on the condition that no child was actually exploited in its making. I disagree with this US Surpreme court ruling.
As long as no actual animals are injured in the making of such a feature, there is not a darn thing PETA can do in a court of law against Cryptic. The legal reason being taken from that previous llaw ruling, and the fact that many movies and games have been made with depicted violence towards animals, yet no animals have been actually hurt. These movies also have a disclaimer informing the audience as such.
Instead of having tribbles for both the Feds and the KDF, why not have various breeds of Targs instead that would perform the same thing. I know this would interfer with the Targ pet many people already have, but maybe it could be given the same Buffs as the Golden Tribble to balance things out. The targs could be exclusive to the KDF and tribbles could remain witht the Feds.
I don't know if this ties in or not, but here's my two cents worth.
there is not a darn thing PETA can do in a court of law against Cryptic.
Sure they can... They may not win, but they can still sue. Sadly the US legal system doesn't really stop anyone from filing a lawsuit no mater how silly or frivolous it may be. Those suits have to be defended again.
Although a disclaimer might help... Maybe a "no animals were hurt" type thing would stop PETA from doing anything.
How it works:
1. Klingon picks up Tribble as loot or buys on the exchange.
2. Klingon flies home to Qo'nos and buys reasonably priced generic Targ from so-and-so the Targ Handler.
3. KLINGON FEEDS THE FUZZY VERMIN TO TARG!!!
4. Targ gains the same properties and buffs as it's dinner.
I really like this idea.
I have always wished Targs were useful in some tiny way.
I've suggested similiar in other threads.
Irks me especially since I got the BestBuy pre-order to get the Targ, wrongly assuming it would funtion just like a tribble.
And I can't even kick the stupid thing from the frustration over it's uselessness...
How about, instead of what the OP suggests, we get new Targ items from Cryptic (in the same fashion as Tribbles) which we can breed, and then as well as being able to give consumable items to our Targs, we can also give Tribbles to our Targs. Then our Targs EAT the Tribbles (Mwah ha ha) and we get different Targ breeds depending on which Tribble we gave them to eat.
Damn, I guess someone already had this idea, anyway, I love it!
We need similar buffs that the Federation gets with their nasty Tribbles. I like the idea of a Targ breeding program. I think Cryptic should consider doing it. It seems like a fair thing to do...assuming they care enough about the KDF to do it.