Infertility

So disappointed in PETA

April 5, 2011

Dear PETA,

I’m an animal lover.  I’ve always supported your organization in theory.

However, I could not be more offended by your recent campaign that offers a free vasectomy to a man who has recently had his dog or cat neutered, in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week.  Yea, I was with you until the part about “in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week.”  What a sick, twisted, offensive way to handle this.  Yes, I see the irony and it is not funny at all.  Not something to take lightly.  Shame on you!  It’s because of ignorance like this that we desperately need more awareness about the disease of infertility. You thwart our efforts with this senseless, careless campaign.

Screenshot of webpage. You can click to see larger. (Don't actually go to the site to give them increased page views for this campaign!)

I’m not questioning animal overpopulation or efforts to spay and neuter.  I get that.  I support that. I don’t care about men who want vasectomies.  But to twist this around to supposedly be “in honor” of infertility is reprehensible.

While I support People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, I also wholeheartedly support People for the Ethical Treatment of Humans.  Something you clearly don’t care about.

So, let’s see…you think that by taking away a man’s fertility somehow honors National Infertility Awareness Week?  Wrong.  So, so offensive for those of us who desperately want a child and can’t.  For those of those that have gone to the ends of the earth and done everything we can to make that happen, and still can’t.  For those of us who have paid tens of thousands of dollars, who have put our bodies through hell and sustained everlasting emotional scars.  For those of us who have lost countless babies to miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death — is that funny, too?

You disgust me.  Even my dogs are in the background booing your campaign right now.

Sincerely,

Whitney (and Kali, Mollie & Riley too)

P.S.  Also, see this great post by Keiko Zoll.

P.P.S  Once again, you disgust me.  I’m hoping all of my friends will email you, Ingrid Newkirk, at ingridn@peta.org and blast you on Twitter.

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Update:

I got your “not available now, regrets” auto email response.  It warms my heart to know that my fellow infertile friends are blowing up your inbox.

Also, I saw your worthless “apology” on Facebook. Clearly, you still don’t get it.  We don’t care about people who want to be sterile.  More power to them.  Our issue is with you doing this “in honor” of infertility.  So, here are some analogies.  A vasectomy in honor of infertility is like:

  • Taking a dog to the pound in honor of PETA
  • Giving a bottle of vodka to someone who just got a DUI in honor of Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • Giving a donation to a rich person in honor of poverty
  • Giving a skinny person a membership to Weight Watchers in honor of obesity
  • Giving a humanitarian award to Pat Robertson in honor of Haiti’s earthquake

Hopefully that helps break it down for you.

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Update – 4/6/11

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  • I heard about it too….I can’t believe it. I’m so disgusted with PETA. I’m glad you wrote to them….they are getting hell for this (rightly so!!)

  • Wow, that’s absolutely ridiculous. How was there nobody on their marketing board who spoke up that this was a bad idea?!

  • Jess

    Love ya! Great letter.

  • Fantastic letter and thank you for spreading the word.

  • C

    I’ve always, since I reached the age of reason anyway (to paraphrase the illustrious George Carlin) found PETA to be an absolutely reprehensible organization couched fluffy-wuffy oozie goodness and sainthood. But you know, it was never personal until now.

  • C

    –couched *in*

  • Preach it! Love the dogs in the photo.

  • I couldn’t agree more!!! Ridiculous! How they can equate a disease with ethical treatment of animals – I don’t know. Don’t humans deserve ethical treatment as well? Absurd!

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  • Well written! This campaign is absurd!

  • Wow, I can’t beleive this, why are people so insensitive. For some reason people act like choosing to have a kid through fertility treatments is any different than having one on your own. It’s not, in fact us infertility sufferers appreciate the art of having children even more than “normal” people!

  • chihuahua_momma05

    this is disgusting how can you be so friggin insensitive to ppl who desperately want a child/children