Tuesday, April 5, 2011

when i'm angry, you get two posts in one day

Please go read this and write your letter to PETA now. I already wrote my own:

Dear Ms. Newkirk,

As someone who suffers from infertility, I was outraged and saddened to read about PETA's latest campaign, Win a Vasectomy from PETA! While I respect the fact that you are continuing efforts to ensure that individuals spay and neuter their pets, I'm outraged at how you launched this campaign at the expense of those humans who are plagued with a disease.

You state that the purpose of this contest is to "honor" National Infertility Awareness Week, which occurs later this month. Instead, it serves as a giant slap in the face to the men and women who are infertile without choice. We are a community of individuals who are used to receiving inappropriate, offensive comments from the public - from those who could not possibly understand what it must feel like to be told you may never be a parent. However, these comments cut far deeper when they come from an advertising campaign of a major nonprofit organization. I had no idea that it was PETA's stance to undermine and bash other philanthropic groups in a quest to promote their own policies.

Did you research infertility before launching this campaign? If you had, you would know that one in every eight people experiences this disease. You currently have approximately 300 employees at PETA. Statistically, nearly 40 of them suffer from infertility. Tell me: did you consult with your entire organization before you launched this contest to ensure that what you are promoting did not offend one of your employees? Better yet: did you consult with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, the group responsible for National Infertility Awareness Week, to see if this type of contest would be appropriate to coincide with NIAW? I am going to guess that the answer to both of these questions is no.

I have lived with this disease for nearly three years, and I wish I had any kind of choice in my reproductive story. Instead, my "choices" came at the hands of a disease that I never asked for. I am extremely proud to call myself a RESOLVE volunteer: helping other men and women try to cope with the physical, mental, and emotional side effects of infertility. People who turn to RESOLVE often turn to us because they cannot talk openly about their struggles, for fear of ridicule. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that the group doing the bullying would be a group who also speaks for those without a voice.

Do us all a favor and remove the contest. And in the future, stick with what you know - animals. Leave the infertile humans out of it.

Sincerely,
Katie

30 comments:

ifcrossroads.com said...

I couldn't have said it better. So instead, I'll continue with my rant and say FUCK YOU PETA.
#thatisall

Stefanie Blakely said...

Perfectly said, Katie, as always. XOXO!

Amber said...

YEAH!!! Excellently written! Standing ovation from Alaska. <3

erika said...

THANK YOU! for writing this. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw their post. Such a crazy, sick idea!

AnotherDreamer said...

Well said!

Rita said...

Your letter is perfect.

I'm going to echo Mic's sentiments--FUCK YOU PETA.

Brave IVF Girl said...

Great post.

micgruber said...

Kudos to you for taking a stance...thanks for the information...word of mouth is a powerful tool.

Rebecca said...

Well put. I've been trying all day to figure out how to respond. It's so incredibly offensive. Sure, auction off a vasectomy to someone who wants it, no problem. But, to do it in honro fo national infertility awareness week!?!?!? WTF?

Josey said...

Well said for sure!! My jaw dropped when I saw this.

Slackie O. said...

Oh Katie... YOU ROCK! I couldn't have said it nearly so well.

Amanda said...

Just sent an email...what morons. I'm not a PETA fan in the first place but that was icing on the cake!

missohkay said...

Your letter is great. PETA's campaign is awful, but they've been awful in my book for a long, long time because their entire advertising schtick for years has been to exploit women for shock value. See other examples at http://about-face.org/blog/category/misc/peta Until they don't benefit from the shock value, they'll just keep doing it, so kudos on your letter and attempt to shed a brighter light on why no one should donate to PETA.

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Carmela said...

Awesome letter! Very well written. Thanks for sharing!

christine said...

Wow! This is the first that I have heard of this and I am appalled!! I will be writing my own letter tomorrow... Well done on yours!

Marianne said...

You go girl! What a great letter!

Keiko said...

This is an absolutely eloquent letter. Thank you for posting about this and spreading the word, and keep doing what you're doing with RESOLVE: it's good, important work.

~C~ said...

Great letter, Katie. I've long found PETA to be a reprehensible organization trying to pass itself off as a do-gooder. Just that it was never personal until now.

*Jelena* said...

Wow. This is really bad. PETA has totally disappointed me. Thanks for bringing this up. They will most definitely be hearing from me, even if I don't live in the States.

Kakunaa said...

I am honestly not sure I could have written that as eloquently, so thank you! I have to get in gear and write to them as well, though they have posted an apology of sorts. A pathetic one, though.

Secret Sloper said...

I wish I could say that this shocks me. Sadly, with PETA, nothing ever does.

I will give my money to animal-focused organizations (like North Shore Animal League) whose mission *and* methods I can agree with.

Perfectly stated, as always Katie.

Suzanne said...

This is awful! I had absolutely no idea. Thanks for letting me know.

Suzanne said...

I just called to cancel my membership but I can't get my membership refunded. I told the lady from PETA that they would never get another cent out of me and hung up on her.

manymanymoons said...

This contest is like some kind of April Fools joke. Great letter!

Jen said...

Amazing letter - thank you for being such a great advocate! I've also been thinking about the Peta employees who are (inevitably) struggling with infertility right now. What a horrifying situation to be in, to see your employer ridicule your pain like this. It's disgusting. Sending hugs to anyone at Peta who is suffering from this campaign.

someday-soon said...

Fantastic letter! I hope you get through to them...

Rach said...

Makes me sick.

This contest in no way “honors” or raises awareness for National Infertility Awareness Week. How is making someone infertile supporting those who suffer from infertility? PETA should be ashamed. It would have been a funny campaign if it wasn’t linked to NIAW. Seriously, it’s like saying “FREE BEER” in honor of Drunk Driving Awareness Week.

Kandid Kelli said...

Well HOT DAMN. I LOVE IT!!!!! amazing, as always.

xo
-K

Cattiz J said...

Very well written. I'm just amazed at this whole campaign.