Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Public Service Announcement



Okay, I don't speak Spanish, but I have the vague idea that this is a plea to save the turtles (tortugas). I'm just posting this as an environmentalist.

[Update]

According to AP,
In this photo relased by private U.S. conservation group Wildcoast on Tuesday Ayg. 23, 2005 , Argentine model Dorismar poses for a publicity campaign poster aimed at halting the illegal consumption of endangered turtles' eggs in Mexico. The campaign has run into trouble before even starting, with a women's rights group asking government officials to block public announcements featuring the scantily clad model. The text reads: 'My man doesnt need turtle eggs. Because he knows it doesnt make him more potent.'(AP Photo/Wildcoast,HO)

4 Comments:

Anonymous Rich said...

Who was the ad aimed at? I would think that an average citizen might think "Well sure, your man doesn't have problems with potency, but maybe it's because he's under 25 like you*, whereas some of the rest of us aren't in perfect working condition." Perhaps if the tag line directed the interested reader to their local purveyor of Levitra/Cialis/Viagra instead, it might have made some sense.

Accounts of population depletion due to demand for turtle egg/bear gall bladder/tiger penis/rhinoceros horn preparations in traditional medicine (mostly aphrodisiac in intent) horrify me. It's as if a large portion of the planet is still living in the 15th century when it comes to pharmaceuticals, and unconcerned about nature paying the price for this.

*and probably an airbrushed model as well.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Daryl McCullough said...

Rich says: Accounts of population depletion due to demand for turtle egg/bear gall bladder/tiger penis/rhinoceros horn preparations in traditional medicine (mostly aphrodisiac in intent) horrify me.

Maybe wildlife protection organizations should vigorously promote Viagra?

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Rich said...

I wonder how much a dose of turtle egg costs compared to a dose of one of these 21st century preparations in Mexico.

The appropriate high-tech response, it seems to me, would be to create these items without needing to kill actual wildlife, via tissue culture.

10:28 PM  
Blogger Kyle McCullough said...

It would seem that something with proven efficacy, like Viagra, would push out the 'traditional medicines' that are both expensive and ineffective. But never underestimate the demad for all natural, organic ingredients.

9:48 PM  

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