In honor of Friday’s World Vasectomy Day, the Center for Biological Diversity is encouraging men to “get whacked for wildlife” to highlight the pressure human population growth puts on wildlife and the role men can play in preventing unplanned pregnancies.
Men who pledge to get a vasectomy for World Vasectomy Day can get a free “Get Whacked for Wildlife” t-shirt featuring a polar bear carrying a pair of scissors on the front and text on the back that reads: “With more than 7 billion people, we’re crowding wildlife off the planet. Vasectomies help.” The Center is also planning to cover the costs for 20 vasectomies at two New York City clinics as part of World Vasectomy Day.
“Choosing to have fewer or no children is one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint, but right now men are often left out of that conversation,”Leigh Moyer, the Center’s population organizer, said in a statement to the press. “If we want to leave room for wildlife on an already crowded planet, we need to get both genders involved in preventing unplanned pregnancies. The fact is vasectomies are the most effective form of male birth control, but many people feel awkward talking about it. The t-shirt helps start those conversations.”
Men who have already gotten a vasectomy – and women who want to support men who get a vasectomy — can also share their stories and request a t-shirt at www.whackedforwildlife.org.
World Vasectomy Day was founded in 2013 by Jonathan Stack, an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, and urologist Dr. Doug Stein in the hopes of heightening awareness of and dispelling myths about vasectomy, increasing access to the procedure, and inspiring more men to become engaged as equal partners with women in the family planning conversation. Organizers say that since the inaugural World Vasectomy Day in 2014, more than 500 doctors in more than 30 countries have performed more than 4,000 vasectomies.
Amid the planet’s sixth mass wildlife extinction event, known as the Holocene extinction, more than 227,000 people are added to the global population every day. While previous extinction periods were driven by geological or cosmic factors, the current extinction event is largely the result of human activities.
The Center’s population and sustainability program promotes a range of solutions, including universal access to birth control and family planning, as well as education and empowerment of women and girls. The Center has also given away more than 500,000 Endangered Species Condoms since 2009.
Photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity.