Media Advisory, December 29, 2010
Contact: Randy Serraglio, (520) 784-1504
50,000 Endangered Species Condoms to Be Given Away on New Year's Eve
Condoms Raise Awareness About Human Overpopulation, Effects on Imperiled Plants and Animals Around the Globe
What: On New Year’s Eve, 50,000 Endangered Species Condoms will be handed out around the country as part of the Center for Biological Diversity’s campaign to raise awareness about the devastating impacts of human overpopulation and overconsumption on endangered species and their habitats.
Who: More than 600 volunteers around the country will be handing out the condoms. Many of them will be available for media interviews.
Why: The world’s population has nearly doubled since 1970 and is soon expected to top 7 billion. This staggering increase and the massive consumption it drives are overwhelming the planet’s finite resources and increasingly pushing endangered plants and animals closer to extinction.
About the Condoms: More than 350,000 Endangered Species Condoms were distributed by thousands of volunteers in 2010 as part of the Center’s overpopulation campaign. Because New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest days of the year for condom use, 50,000 were sent to volunteers earlier this month for distribution on Friday. Six different packages with original artwork and slogans feature the polar bear (“Wrap with care, save the polar bear”), jaguar (“Wear a jimmy hat, save the big cat”), American burying beetle (“Cover your tweedle, save the burying beetle”), snail darter (“Hump smarter, save the snail darter”), coquí guajón rock frog (“Use a stopper, save the hopper”), and spotted owl (“Wear a condom now, save the spotted owl”). All six species are listed as threatened or endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
To see samples of the Endangered Species Condoms, please click here . Feel free to pass this email on to other reporters or editors if you are not the appropriate contact for this issue. To arrange an interview with a volunteer distributor in your area, contact Randy Serraglio, overpopulation campaign coordinator, (520) 784-1504 or firstname.lastname@example.org