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Condoms Promote Awareness of Endangered Species

Condoms Promote Awareness of Endangered Species

The Center for Biological Diversity distributed 50,000 condoms on New Year’s Eve to raise awareness about the effects of human overpopulation on endangered species.

The condom packages bear artwork of six different endangered species such as the spotted owl with phrases like “wear a condom now…save the spotted owl” or a jaguar with “wear a jimmy hat…save the big cat”, but my personal favorite is the package for the snail darter, a fish living in Tennessee: “hump smarter…save the snail darter”.

The condoms will be distributed by volunteers across all fifty states. California, New York and Florida have the highest number of volunteers giving out the condoms.

The CBD has been distributing the condoms all year but they plan to distribute extra on New Year’s Eve because it is one of the biggest days of the year for condom use. The CBD estimates that 5,000 volunteers worked to distribute the condoms all year, with over 600 of them working just on New Year’s.

Human overpopulation is the primary cause of extinction among all species. The CBD says that our exploding population is endangering 12 percent of mammal species, 31 percent of reptiles, and 37 percent of fish.

Even if we reduce our carbon footprint, eliminate waste, and start to use our natural resources in an efficient manner, the sheer number of humans on this planet means that we can only do but so much without reducing how much we are reproducing.

World population growing fast
The world’s population is expected to hit seven billion in 2011. The number of people on Earth has nearly doubled in the past 40 years. This kind of growth is unsustainable, and we have to start thinking of population control as an important part of environmentalism, as an important part of our commitment to animal rights, and as a part of our commitment to human rights.

By choosing not to reproduce we can not only reduce the amount of resources we use, we can reduce our contribution to the extinction of endangered species, and we can choose to adopt one of the tens of millions of homeless children on the planet.

A commitment to saving animals and to saving the planet requires a degree of personal sacrifice, but we wince at the idea of asking someone not to reproduce. We feel comfortable telling people that they should drive a smaller car, or ride a bike. We are frequently telling each other not to eat certain foods, wear certain fibers, support certain companies. But we stop ourselves from asking the difficult question about whether or not it’s ecologically responsible to have children.

The choice to have children is a very emotional and very personal issue for most people, but that doesn’t change the numbers. We cannot ask someone else to be the first person to make a change. 

If we choose to adopt, we not only give a home to a child who is already here, who already needs love, who already needs help, but we also can reduce the impact we are making on the planet and the animals inhabiting it with us.

If you had a chance to pick up a few of the condomes during the festivities on New Year’s Eve, keep a couple with you and remember that your choice to practice safe sex may not just keep you healthier but could mean the health and well-being of hundreds of endangered species.

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7:34AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:10AM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

Responsible population growth is wise in this day and age. However, maybe we should look at our "prolong life at all cost" philosophy which goes against the natural flow of nature. Death and disease are nature's way of controlling population growth but we interfere with that process. When it comes to mankind, natural processes are fought against, as man plays at being God, trying to stave of the inevitable. Death, and grieving for loved ones, is a part of life. If we left it all up to nature we wouldn't need birth control. It's only mankind that upsets the balance of nature by not accepting the natural flow of life.

2:05AM PDT on Apr 1, 2011

Ruth E. says
Apr 1, 2011 1:42 AM
I signed a contract (on-line) when I was 15 yeasr old pledging that I would never have children, this issue being my main reason!

I'm now 31 years old and I am married. I have no children. My husband and I both agree that we won't have any children.

The reasons stated here are still the most important to us in making this decision.

Great article!

Ruth......I commend you & your husband for the decision you"ve made..

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life in 2011.......

1:42AM PDT on Apr 1, 2011

I signed a contract (on-line) when I was 15 yeasr old pledging that I would never have children, this issue being my main reason!

I'm now 31 years old and I am married. I have no children. My husband and I both agree that we won't have any children.

The reasons stated here are still the most important to us in making this decision.

Great article!

3:48PM PDT on Mar 31, 2011

Ally T. says
Mar 31, 2011 3:10 PM
Love the idea! It's so creative AND it helps a cause. Maybe we should think of population control. Think of all the unwanted pregnancies out there. Of course, there are those in the Tea Party who will fight tooth and nail against this.

Ally-The Tea Party people just want more slaves at their feet to beg & groval for a means of living. Good lord, there are seven billion people on this earth now. Is there any reason for more slaves?

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life in 2011........
Trees are the lungs of the earth.......

3:10PM PDT on Mar 31, 2011

Love the idea! It's so creative AND it helps a cause. Maybe we should think of population control. Think of all the unwanted pregnancies out there. Of course, there are those in the Tea Party who will fight tooth and nail against this.

4:02AM PST on Feb 15, 2011

I like the idea. It's funny and interesting. Maybe not everybody will like it but every idea to get people's attention to important things is good.

9:40PM PST on Feb 13, 2011

@ Janet Mitchell .. im not sure how long you have been on the internet but it is considered YELLING to use all caps in your postings. it distracts from the actual ... um .. point you are trying to convey... just saying .. took this from a net ettiquette site

"No Caps Please - When you type in caps you are in essence YELLING. If your intent is to yell-then use caps. But if it is not-do not use caps. Just as a side note- a paragraph of caps is really hard to read. (Same as in an email, or on a forum)."

that aside i think condoms are wonderful and going to send my adult daughter the link :)

4:05PM PST on Jan 12, 2011

FIRST OFF YOU CAN'T FORCE ANYONE TO USE CONDOM'S. SECOND THE GOVERNMENT NOW HAS A FIVE RESTRICTION ON BEING ON WELFARE NO MATTER HOW MANY KIDS YOU HAVE. IF YOU WANT TO STOP SO MANY PEOPLE FROM HAVING CHILDREN WHO ARE ON WELFARE THEN MAYBE A BETTER SOLUTION WOULD BE TO PUT A LIMIT ON THE # OF CHILDREN YOU CAN HAVE ON WELFARE LIKE SAY 2, THAT WAY IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE YOU DO NOT GET A CHECK FOR THE THIRD CHILD OR ANY CHILD THEREAFTER.

3:04AM PST on Jan 12, 2011

These condoms are so funky. Good idea, whatever it takes to make people aware of overpopulation and animal conservation.

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