Tell PETA: Infertility Is Not a Joke
  • Petitioned HopeAnn Dame

This petition was delivered to:

Membership Correspondent
HopeAnn Dame
Special Projects Coordinator
Carrie Snider
President
Ingrid E. Newkirk
Chairman
Michael P. Rodman
Member, Board of Directors
Jeanne Roush

Tell PETA: Infertility Is Not a Joke

    1. Keiko Zoll
    2. Petition by

      Keiko Zoll

      Salem, MA

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April 2011

Victory

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals launched a contest offering a free vasectomy to a man who spays or neuters his pet during the month of April. The controversy arose when PETA advertised the campaign in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week. More than 2,000 supporters of the infertility patient community signed the Change.org petition protesting the mockery of a serious health issue.

Less than a week later, PETA responded and removed all references to National Infertility Awareness Week from their Win a Vasectomy campaign. The petition creator writes: "This is a tremendous victory for the infertility community. Thank you to all who signed and shared this petition. Thank you PETA, for hearing the voice of the infertility community.Check out the Victory Vlog here: http://www.vimeo.com/22154346."

***VICTORY UPDATE (4/8/11): PETA has removed all reference to NIAW from their Win a Vasectomy campaign as of 8pm on 4/8/11. This is a tremendous victory for the infertility community. Thank you to all who signed and shared this petition. Thank you PETA, for hearing the voice of the infertility community. Check out the Victory Vlog here: http://www.vimeo.com/22154346.

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PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) launched a publicity campaign/contest on March 31, 2011 offering a free vasectomy to a man who spays or neuters his pet during the month of April "in honor of" National Infertility Awareness Week. Instead of honoring this community, PETA has decided that it's acceptable to ridicule, devalue, and trivialize the infertility patient community experience in the name of promoting responsible pet-ownership. 

 The "Win a Vasectomy" campaign is not only a mockery of everything that National Infertility Awareness Week seeks to promote, but is a cruel execution of a promotional concept at the expense of millions of patients for whom infertility is no laughing matter. 

Tell PETA President Ingrid Newkirk that infertility is not a joke and demand an apology for and immediate removal of the link between their campaign and National Infertility Awareness Week.

**UPDATE, 4/7/11: PETA has changed "in honor of" to "during" on their campaign website. While this may feel like a small victory, it fails to address either of our demands and still presents the same controversy as stated above. Please continue to share this petition with others to urge PETA to remove ALL links to National Infertility Awareness Week and to formally apologize for their actions to the infertility community.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Keiko Zoll
      Petition Organizer

      Check out our Victory Vlog!

    2. Keiko Zoll
      Petition Organizer

      VICTORY! PETA has removed ALL references to National Infertility Awareness Week from their Vasectomy Campaign... we did it! Thank you for your support! The infertility community was HEARD!

    3. Keiko Zoll
      Petition Organizer

      Protest PETA this weekend at San Francisco's Green Festival - bring your iPad and load up the petition to have folks sign on the spot! More info:

    4. Keiko Zoll
      Petition Organizer

      To call PETA directly and voice your concerns, dial 757-622-7382, press 0 and ask to speak to someone about NIAW. You'll be directed to a pre-recorded message, but keep calls coming... it's working.

    5. Reached 2 signatures
    6. Keiko Zoll
      Petition Organizer

      Alisyn Camerota, Fox News host, has shown her support for our cause and RESOLVE via Twitter.

    7. Reached 1 signatures
    8. Keiko Zoll
      Petition Organizer

      PETA has made a slight change, no longer "in honor of" NIAW but now "during" NIAW. While it's a step in the right direction, PETA must remove the link entirely b/t the two campaigns and formally apologize to the infertility community-at-large.

    9. Keiko Zoll
      Petition Organizer

      Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Infertility Community Speaks Out Against PETA:

    10. Keiko Zoll
      Petition Organizer

      Our petition and cause has received an excellent write up on from blogger Nichole Beaudry here:

    11. Reached 1 signatures
    12. Keiko Zoll
      Petition Organizer

      You can make a Twitter appeal to both celebrity supporters of PETA as well as infertility community allies. More details on how you can participate in the Celeb Twitter Campaign here:

    13. Reached 500 signatures
    14. Keiko Zoll
      Petition Organizer

      RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association, has released an official statement condemning PETA's use of NIAW:

    15. Keiko Zoll
      Petition Organizer

      PETA has issued an "apology" on their Facebook page that fails to actually apologize for their actions: Keep the signatures coming until they formally apologize and remove the link to NIAW!

    16. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jennifer Lohmer LOWELL, MA
      • over 3 years ago

      "Why Should PETA Neuter You?", how offensive. And saying that people should be "neutered" and adopt instead? Why should I adopt the child of someone who neglected to use proper birth control, when I was responsible and elected to go on birth control until the time was right to give birth to ONE child. If every woman limited herself to giving birth to ONE child, our population would decrease greatly over time.

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    • karen rittenhouse GREENSBORO, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      For a lot of people, infertility is an issue they did not choose to live with. Please change the message of your campaign.

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    • Michelle Cook SLC, UT
      • over 3 years ago

      This ad campaign is very insensitive and insulting, please stop it and apologize.

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    • Tammy Stafford LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      I am appalled and offended at the inhumane treatment by PETA of the huge population of men and women suffering from a disease. I oppose PETA and its decision to use its voice to degrade innocent men and women who simply want to be able to produce a child like the vast majority of people. I will decide to adopt if and when I am ready and I do not need PETA offering its opinion as to what is best for me. Would PETA tell someone suffering from cancer, diabetes, or other diseases to not seek medical care for their disease? It is offensive and absurd and it is why most women dealing with infertility feel like they cannot disclose what they are dealing with.

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    • Nicole Rowe TUCSON, AZ
      • over 3 years ago

      This is ridiculous. The campaign itself may have good reasons behind it but to do it "in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week" is ludacris. It is the exact opposite! Infertility shouldn't even be connected to this monster!

      I have struggled with infertility for 4 years with my husband by my side and this is a huge slap in the face.

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