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Animal-themed condoms aim to slow population growth – with grandpa's help

Environmentalists have handed out 40,000 free ‘endangered species condoms’ on student campuses, farmers’ markets and even via elderly people

Oliver Milman in New York

Thursday 31 December 2015 19.55 GMTLast modified on Thursday 31 December 201520.19 GMT

Environmentalists will ramp up their attempts to curb what they see as harmful population growth by distributing thousands of condoms adorned with pictures of polar bears, otters and other vulnerable creatures.

The US Census Bureau has projected there will be 322,762,018 people living in America on New Year’s Day – an increase of nearly 2.5 million over the past year. In 2016, it’s expected a baby will be born every eight seconds, with a death every 10 seconds in the US.

The Center for Biological Diversity said this spike in numbers is ample reason for green groups to shift human population growth back onto the agenda, after the issue became somewhat sidelined in recent years by climate change and other concerns.

The conservation group is leading the charge with its “endangered species condoms”. More than 40,000 of the free condoms have been distributed over the Christmas period, with the Center for Biological Diversity intending to escalate the campaign in 2016.

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