Have you broken up but your ex still manages to get on your nerves? And you just don’t know how to steer clear of them?
Well, we all have that one annoying person in our lives, be it a pesky ex, an immodest boss, or a prying relative, whom we can’t seem to hate enough—exactly like the unwanted cockroaches that roam around our houses no matter how much pest control we apply.
But venting and calling names can help you take the edge off the anger to some extent. This Valentine’s Day, the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy in Canada is allowing people to name a cockroach after their ex, boss, or someone they strongly dislike in exchange for $25.
Valentine’s Day Gift For Canadians
The Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy in Canada is all set up with its “name a roach” campaign, where people can name a cockroach in honor of someone they strongly detest for $25, or Rs. 1507, on Valentine’s Day this year.
After following the steps on the Zoo’s official website, the customers may name the cockroaches in honor of people they know. They will be given a tax deduction slip, a digital certificate with the name they have chosen for the roach, and a digital picture to share on social media or with their friends.
However, the zoo definitely allows people to name a roach after an annoying person, but the authorities clearly mentioned that no hate comments or curse words will be tolerated.
Kelsey Godel, Engagement Coordinator and Donor Stewardship at the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy, told the media, “Naming opportunities are not limited to exes – you can name a roach after your boss, ex-friend, relative, or anyone else that has been ‘bugging’ you.”
The Zoo’s Official Post
The Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy claimed that they respect every creature on Earth and that the “name a roach” campaign was strictly launched as a humorous gesture.
The post on their official website reads, “Roses are red; violets are blue… Is there someone in your life that’s bugging you? Give them goosebumps by naming a cockroach in their honor this Valentine’s Day.”
Following this, they added a disclaimer that says, “The Toronto Zoo and the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy respect all creatures – big and small.
Cockroaches play a very integral ecological role in their rainforest homes by helping to decompose forest litter and animal fecal matter and are, in turn, food for many other animals. Despite their hair-raising reputation, cockroaches undeniably play a vital role in the sustainability of plant and animal habitats.”
Public’s Mixed Reaction
People have expressed mixed reactions all over the internet with respect to the “name a roach” campaign launched by the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy in Canada. While some people think it is amusing and witty, others find it offensive and hurtful.
People who appreciated the campaign said supportive things over Twitter. One person tweeted, “There is nothing about this that I don’t love. Well played!!”
Someone else called it ”a brilliant campaign,” while another wrote, “Big fan of these kinds of campaigns. Even though it’s been a LONG time since I was dumped by my ex-gf right around Valentine’s Day, this is prime gold. Perfection….”
On the other hand, people who found it insensitive, commented, “Fun idea in theory, but the e-card is gross. I love the Toronto zoo but not this. It just seems needlessly cruel.” Another user tweeted, “Wow I would not want to put people in that kind of misery. Would I donate and pull this off? Probably nah.”
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