On this Halloween, The Center for Biological Diversity distributed 6,000 endangered species condoms across six states in the United States. Since the past nine years, the centre has been using similar popular occasions to make people aware of the declining wildlife. Drawing parallels between the increasing human population and reducing forest, the centre gives out free condoms featuring endangered species.
These condom packs feature caricatures of endangered animals along with a quirky line on why you should use it. These creative captions are quite eye-catchy and can make anyone giggle. One of their innovative captions read: 'Cover your tweedle...save the burying beetle' while other with the picture of a bear reads: 'Wrap with care...save the polar bear'. Another one reads: 'Don't go bare...panthers are rare'. 60 Percent of Earth's Wildlife Has Been Lost, We Are the 'Last Generation' That Can Save Nature, Says WWF.
Check out messages written on condom packages:
These designs come not only come on condom covers, but on different packages with the aim to reach out to maximum people.
They also these innovative designs to promote "promote a range of common-sense solutions like access to family planning and reproductive health services, as well as education, opportunity and equal rights for women and girls".
Their website says: 'The rapid growth of our human population is pushing other species off the planet in what most scientists are calling the sixth mass extinction crisis.'
Center for Biological Diversity launched Endangered Species Condoms project in 2009. They have since then distributed hundreds of thousands of free condoms across the United States.
The condoms are wrapped in colourful, wildlife-themed packages to grab people's attention. They often adopt unique ways to spread the message and link between human population growth and the species extinction crisis.
These condoms are given away at bars, universities, spiritual group meetings, farmers' markets, concerts and many other local events. They are distributed for free through the Center's volunteer network nationwide around certain holidays and specifically Earth Day.
Endangered species condoms- Design by Lori Lieber, artwork by Roger Peet, Shawn DiCriscio (Photo Credits: Center for Biological Diversity)Each package contains two condoms and information about unsustainable human population growth and details on how it is related to the extinction crisis.
Hellbender: Endangered species condoms- Design by Lori Lieber, artwork by Roger Peet (Photo Credits: Center for Biological Diversity)It also mentions solutions to the ever-growing population, contraception, reproductive health care, education and empowerment for women and girls.
Leatherback sea turtle: Endangered species condoms- Design by Lori Lieber, artwork by Roger Peet (Photo Credits: Center for Biological Diversity)According to the websites, these condoms are made of the latex of rubber plantations. They are free of animal by-products, nitrosamine and GMOs.
Plover: Endangered species condoms- Design by Lori Lieber, artwork by Roger Peet (Photo Credits: Center for Biological Diversity)Talking about the use of their condoms, Jeffrey Hollender, Founder and CEO, Sustain Condoms says, "Practice safe sex, and you might even help save the world."
Seahorse: Endangered species condoms- Design by Lori Lieber, artwork by Roger Peet (Photo Credits: Center for Biological Diversity)People of United States can even sign up to be able to get free packs of condoms.
The uncontrolled population is one of the main reasons for the dwindling biodiversity, especially among wildlife. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the animal population has seen a 60 percent decline in the past forty years. As per the Living Planet Report 2018, more than 4000 mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibian species have declined between 1970 and 2014. According to the report, the species extinction is now 100 times higher than before humans involved in animal ecosystems.