PETA, the animal rights group, is promoting its controversial “Sex Talk” ad in which two parents urge their daughter to have a lot of sex and “pop out all the kids you want.” The ad uses a satirical comparison to teen sex to promote the spaying and neutering of companion animals.

Originally inspired by the pregnancy of teen star Jamie Lynn Spears, the 30-second spot features a Dad and Mom who are encouraging their teenage daughter to become sexually active. She looks disgusted and embarrassed, until she hears what they say next.

“We think you should be having it, Sweetie,” begins her dad.

“A lot of it,” adds her mom.

“Get up there and nail everything you can,” her father says.

“If it’s got a pulse, you should be wrapped around it,” the mother finishes.

The shocked girl asks them what will happen if she gets pregnant. They both shrug it off.

“So what?” You should pop out all the kids you want,” the father says, waving away her concerns. “We’ll just leave them in the shelter, dump them in the street.”

The ad concludes, “Parents shouldn’t act this way. Neither should people with dogs and cats. Always spay or neuter.”

Currently, the commercial is running in Albany, N.Y.; Austin, Texas; Springfield, Ill.; Sacramento, Calif., and Tallahassee, Fla. In the next few weeks, it will air in Phoenix; Philadelphia; Raleigh, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio, and Atlanta. These are the top ten states with the highest teen pregnancy rates.

But apparently not everyone is happy about the commercial. Melissa Karpel, a spokeswoman for PETA said the commercial is only airing in big cities in part because their markets are more likely to accept it. Some stations that were approached won’t run the ad, she added.

Karpel also said PETA isn’t really comparing teen pregnancy with animal overpopulation, but was trying to make a point by linking the two in the ad.

“This is a way to get the message into the mainstream,” she said. “It’s irresponsible to let your children have unprotected sex and it’s irresponsible to not spay and neuter your animals when we’re in an animal overpopulation crisis in the United States.”

Some obviously think this is a fun, edgy way to get the message out about a very serious issue. Others not so much because they believe sex education coupled with morality should be taught in the home. Animal instinct vs. social conduct? I don’t think that’s the PETA debate. With the recent “pregnancy pact” story out of Gloucester, using unplanned teen pregnancy to illicit an emotional response to further a political agenda sounds very PETA-esque to me.








PETA’s “Sex Talk” Video