Little Green Pills

| March / April 2003

The rise (sorry) of Viagra as an alternative to exotic aphrodisiacs may be having a measurable effect on the survival of certain endangered animals. According to The Economist (Nov. 16, 2002), the harvest of harp seal penises and hooded seal penises, once prized for their alleged ability to stiffen a man?s resolve (sorry again), has plummeted since 1998, when Viagra first became available. The harp seal harvest between 1998 and 2000 dropped to less than 100,000 from 250,000, and only 10 hooded seals were killed in that same period.