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Rocket Boy Ready for Takeoff

Written by PETA | August 11, 2008

OK, I’ll go easy on the impotence jokes here. I promise—just straight-up hard reporting on this one. Damn…

Anyway, I’m happy to announce that Rocket Boy, an old-school ad featuring an impotence-fighting boy astronaut, is back and ready to go where no PETA ad has gone before: outer space. You see, Virgin chair Sir Richard Branson just unveiled the WhiteKnightTwo, a carrier aircraft created to launch a commercial six-passenger spaceship within the next decade. PETA wants Rocket Boy to be onboard, so our VP Bruce Friedrich sent Branson a letter asking to buy ad space on the seat backs.

In his letter, Bruce writes:

By following our advice and ditching meat, your male passengers could rise to new heights. Cholesterol and saturated fat clog arteries and block blood flow to all of a man’s vital organs—not just to his heart. Physicians report that the link is clear: Eating meat can cause impotence. Any of your passengers who have trouble “lifting off” will be glad to hear that impotence—as well as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and prostate cancer—can likely be prevented and even reversed by switching to a healthy vegetarian diet.

No word back from Mr. Branson yet, but here’s Rocket Boy, all suited up and ready to launch:

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  • Jackie says:

    Impotencefighting BOY astronaut? That doesn’t come across as being somewhat pedophilic to anyone?

  • John Carmody says:

    Fantastic ad well done! John in Ireland for animal rights http://www.ARAN.ie

  • Eric says:

    I’m with Leigh. Featuring a little boy in an advert however wellintentioned regarding impotence and meat eating is a little off. Keep up the otherwise GREAT work!!!

  • vegancoin says:

    Go gettem’ Rocket Boy! Nice ad direct and to the point. Keep up the good work PETA.

  • vegan4animals says:

    holy crap…that was funny and brilliant!

  • Daniella says:

    Sorry let me explain myself a little better. My husband was having problems with impotence and low testosterone both of which have dramatically improved since going veg. Thanks Derek!

  • exprez says:

    Hooray Rocket Boy! I missed that freaky little guy.

  • Derek, MD says:

    Daniella Impotence has nothing to do with low sperm counts unless one cites the rare incidences of impotence in the setting of low testosterone. While my wife and I are raising our two children vegetarian or at least we will when our 3 week old starts eating foods I find this poster slightly creepy due to the opening words “My Mum says…”

  • Carla says:

    Congratulations Daniella!!

  • Daniella says:

    I just want to post a friendly “warning” that the impotence thing is SO TRUE! My husband and I were told we couldn’t have kids because his sperm count was really low. I also had all kinds of problems like irregular periods and hormonal issues. 4 months ago we went vegetarian and sure enough I’m 5 weeks pregnant. We’ve been together for 4 years!Coincidence? I don’t think so. Being a vegetarian brought down my cholesterol I have no hormone problems and I’m soooo much healthier. My baby will be crueltyfree from the time they are born. Thanks for all the hard work PETA! no pun intended HAHA

  • Leigh says:

    Relating sexual issues to little kids is a little dodgy don’t you think?

  • Roxanne says:

    so many good reasons to go vegetarian

  • ian says:

    I just busted out laughing in my dreary blue cubical. Thanks!

  • Carla says:

    Now this ones sweet!! Everyone can benefit in eating more veggies!!

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