As the world’s human population soars (it may soon hit 7 billion), animals and plants are increasingly jockeying for living space on Earth’s limited real estate.
Species such as the polar bear, on the endangered list since 2008, are being featured on condoms being handed out New Year’s Eve by 600 volunteers for the Center for Biological Diversity, the Huffington Post reports.
The conservation group chose December 31 as the distribution date for the 50,000 endangered-species condoms because it’s “one of the most popular days of the year for condom use,” it said in a statement. The handout caps a year in which volunteers distributed more than 350,000 Endangered Species Condoms as part of the Center’s overpopulation campaign.
Polar bears are threatened with extinction because greenhouse gas emissions are melting the ice on which they depend. It is one of six species featured on the condom wrappers with original artwork and slogans, all listed as threatened or endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
New Year’s Eve revelers will thus hopefully pause while unwrapping to savor quips such as, “Wrap with care, save the polar bear”; the jaguar’s “Wear a jimmy hat, save the big cat”; the coquí guajón rock frog’s “Use a stopper, save the hopper,” and equally witty admonitions to “Cover your tweedle, save the burying beetle,” for the American burying beetle; “Hump smarter, save the snail darter,” and “Wear a condom now, save the spotted owl.”