As if the misunderstood comments of Pope Benedict XVI regarding condom use werenâ€™t controversial enough, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has decided to ride the coattails of religious debate by using the Popeâ€™s opinion as part of their latest publicity campaign.
A doctored picture featuring the Pope tossing a condom to a crowd with the maxim â€œDogs and Cats Canâ€™t Use Condomsâ€ is only one part of PETAâ€™s latest â€œPope Condomâ€ campaign to address the animal overpopulation issue. An international tour of Roman Catholic institutions began in Europe where PETA members distributed leaflets comparing the Popeâ€™s comments regarding the use of condoms amongst the HIV/AIDS population to spaying or neutering pets to control animal populations. PETAâ€™s most recent press release announced that they will now be taking their religion-inspired agenda to the cathedrals and churches of the U.S.
PETAâ€™s latest antics definitely succeed in drawing attention, but is their obvious piggybacking of a message from a religious leader just a funny publicity stunt or an insulting advertising ploy? The idea of linking a well-respected authority like the Pope to stemming the tide of unwanted pets definitely seems absurd. But youâ€™ve got to hand it to PETA, by taking this uncertain route they are definitely sure to spark debate. Who knows? Maybe theyâ€™ll even manage to address the issue at hand: animal overpopulation.
Either PETAâ€™s got some guts or a complete lack of respect for Catholicism. It makes you wonder what the Pope himself thinks about this usurpation of his message of moral obligation? Is this a legitimate advertising tactic or a shameless ploy?