I certainly hope this is an April Fools' Day prank. PETA is offering a free vasectomy to one lucky contest winner who can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that his pet is neutered (seriously, they're asking for a lot of documentation) and to the guy who can satisfactorily answer their question: Why should PETA neuter you?
I haven't been a big fan of PETA in the past -- their "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign really gets under my skin. This campaign, this twofer they're running, seems almost too funny to be true.
And the rationale behind the giveaway is the funniest part.
I'm all for spaying and neutering and totally agree with PETA here that it's the necessary and humane thing to do. According to their stats, between six and eight million abandoned or unwanted pets enter shelters each year, and the best way to control this cat and dog crisis is to prevent pregnancy in the first place.
But their logic for human sterilization is where they lose me.
Human overpopulation is crowding out animal life on the planet, and dog and cat overpopulation is creating a euthanasia crisis that is a crying shame. Disappearing wilderness, vanishing water resources, and pollution is the price that future generations will pay for more human births, while losing their lives is the price that millions of homeless dogs and cats pay when guardians neglect to "fix" their companion animals.
Hear that? Your human births are crowding our planet and taking up precious space that could be given to cats and dogs. Reproduction is so 2000 and late -- you should reduce, reuse, recycle, but do not reproduce. While I agree that a population crisis of any species is an environmental problem, I don't think I follow their logic here.
If they really believed that human population was damaging the animal kingdom, and truly believed that human sterilization is the only solution, then why not start a campaign telling men and women to get spayed and neutered? Would they support the mass sterilization of environmentalists? Maybe a celebrity ad campaign with a big ol' "Do Not Enter" sign on a woman's belly. Pregnancy hurts the Earth and the animals, after all!
This twofer is cutsie, but I think it sends the wrong message. I'll stick to getting my pet advice from Bob Barker, and Bob only.
What do you think of this PETA campaign?
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