On Thursday, the Center for Biological Diversity, a left-wing environmental group, distributed “hundreds” of “endangered species condoms” at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, reported WTTW-TV. The Lincoln Park Zoo is owned by the Chicago Park District and receives significant funding from taxpayers.
The condoms were distributed as part of the zoo’s monthly Adults Night Out event and were paid for by the Center for Biological Diversity’s Endangered Species Condoms project.
According to the ESC project’s website, the packaging of the condoms was designed to raise awareness about the relationship between population growth and the survival of animals. In addition to providing colorful artwork of endangered animals, the condom packaging includes short slogans to discourage having children.
“Wrap with care … save the polar bear,” reads one package. “Before it gets any hotter … remember the sea otter,” reads another. “For the sake of the horned lizard ... slow down, love wizard,” another package reads.
CBD hopes through its efforts, people will have fewer children or no children at all, to help endangered species.
“Our runaway population growth is too often ignored by the public, the media and even the environmental movement,” the Endangered Species Condoms project website states. “Endangered Species Condoms offer a fun, unique way to break through the taboo and get people talking about the link between human population growth and the wildlife extinction crisis.”
In a press release for the event, a spokesperson for CBD, Sarah Baillie, said the condom giveaway is the debut of CBD’s “Pillow Talk” educational outreach program, which is meant to instruct people that “family planning can protect wildlife.”
“As our population grows, and urban sprawl and agricultural development destroy wild spaces, species we know and love pay the price,” Baillie said. “People may recognize that we’re crowding out monarch butterflies and horned lizards, but they often don’t realize that there’s a big way individuals can make a difference. Pillow Talk helps people understand how conscientious family planning can protect wildlife.”