The world’s largest sperm bank isn’t taking any more donations from men with red hair because demand for redheaded children is relatively low.
"We have nothing against red-haired donors," Ole Schou, director of Denmark-based Cryos Intl., told msnbc.com. "Our stock is about to explode. We have just too many on stock in relation to the demand for the time being."
Schou said that his company, which “harvests” donations in Scandinavia and ships semen to 65 countries worldwide, had reached its maximum capacity of 70 liters of semen from men with red hair. The company’s already got 600 redheaded donors on a waiting list should redheaded children become more fashionable.
Schou speculated on the reasons for the lack of interest in redheads to Danish newspaper Ekstrabladet. "I do not think you chose a redhead, unless the partner – for example, the sterile male – has red hair, or because the lone woman has a preference for redheads. And that's perhaps not so many, especially in the latter case,” he said, according to the (London) Telegraph.
Customers that do request redheaded donors are mostly based in Denmark, Germany and Ireland, Schou told the Irish Times.
Given that many of Cryos’ clients are in Spain, Italy and Greece, the company needs more brown-eyed Scandinavians, Mediterraneans and men of other ethnicities as donors, he said.