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.