- The Washington Times - Friday, July 10, 2015

Condoms aimed at preventing human births to save animal species will be distributed by a nonprofit group on Saturday in honor of World Population Day.

The goal of the condom giveaway is to raise awareness of how human population growth and consumption can negatively impact endangered animals, said officials with the Center for Biological Diversity.

The group says every day 227,000 people are born and dozens of wild life species are lost forever. People can save wildlife by “choosing to stop hogging the planet,” the Tucson, Arizona-based group says.

The condom packages have messages like, “Don’t go bare, panthers are rare” — referring to the Florida panther population — and “Safe intercourse saves the dwarf seahorse,” referring to a small marine animal in the Gulf of Mexico.

Officials say the condoms will be distributed in Georgia and 27 other states Saturday for World Population Day, which was established by the United Nations to discuss population issues.

The condom packages feature endangered animals in each state, such as Georgia’s whooping crane.

Leigh Moyer of the Center for Biological Diversity told The Associated Press it’s imperative to discuss preserving marshland from development and urban sprawl.

According to the National Wildlife Federation, the whooping cranes nearly went extinct because of habitat loss and hunting.

Officials say volunteers are planning to distribute 10,000 condoms at festivals, farmers markets and other local events.

“These condoms are a great way to get the conversation started about a serious issue,” said Ms. Moyer.

“When we have dedicated volunteers distribute condoms in their neighborhoods and explain that extinction isn’t just a problem somewhere else, but a problem everywhere, including in our own backyards, individuals can make better decisions for their families and for all wildlife, including local species.”

The center has given away 600,000 free Endangered Species Condoms since 2009.

World Population Day, July 11, was designated by the United Nations in 1989 to raise awareness about global population issues. There are more than 7 billion people on the planet, with the United States ranked as the third-most populous country in the world.

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