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Last night I was watching Animal Planet with a friend, and there was an ad by an organization called Mercy for Animals ... showed some really sad factory farming footage, then had a voiceover saying something like "Help animals one bite at a time," then a huge GO VEGETARIAN on the screen. I've never seen an ad like that ... but I don't really watch tv, maybe it's been around a while?<br><br><br><br>
Anyway I nearly cried from seeing the images, but it was wonderful to see something like that being put out there. (I wonder if it's on any other channels?) I turned to my friend and said, "Aren't you glad we're vegetarians?" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Wow. That sounds great! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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I haven't seen it. That is great, because a lot of people are driven off the shock value of realizing what they are actually eating and what happened to their meat before it goes into their mouths. It's great to see hard core campaigning. Almost like the stop smoking ads where they squeeze the tar and mucas out of a smokers air pipe. It is discusting, but I'm sure it turned a few people. I think it's great!
 

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Yeah, I got an email about that today from VeganSpam and watched it online.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.mercyforanimals.org/veg_commercial.asp" target="_blank">http://www.mercyforanimals.org/veg_commercial.asp</a><br><br><br><br>
According to their website it's only being shown in Columbus Ohio currently, on BET, MTV, and Animal Planet there. It was rejected initially ("too violent"), so they had to dumb down the images to get approved. I'm glad to hear someone actually saw it!
 

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Too bad it's only being shown here in Ohio so far, but hopefully they'll be able to expand it soon. It did cross my mind that the images were FAR from the worst possible ones ... but even so they were extremely moving. Actually in a way I think the most violent images might cause people to turn away and shut their minds off, but there's something so compelling about long, long seconds of a calf chewing at the bars of its stall, so obviously miserable and wanting to get out.<br><br><br><br>
I just think this is a terrific thing for a veg organization to be doing ... maybe I should send them a little $$ to help buy more airtime.
 

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BTW, I think MTV is a great channel to be showing it on because soooo many young people -- right at the stage of deciding what to make of their lives -- are watching.
 

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Last night I was at my friend's house again, and we happened to mention the ad to her roommate. I'm not sure how it came up, I think she was asking/commenting on something about our veg*nism. Anyway, as I was describing it she kept saying, "No, don't tell me!!" and covering her eyes -- even though she wasn't actually <i>watching</i> it. After she squirmed for a while I said, "See, you already know how you feel. But that's enough for one night." And I let it drop. I'd rather not make her defensive, but instead just wait for the topic to come around again. Hopefully she'll actually see the ad sometime in the coming days.
 

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YEARS ago in Canada - Toronto, Ontario anyway there was an anti-fur commercial on television. It portrayed a model at a fashion showing coming down the catwalk with a fur coat slung over her shoulder. Behind her you could see a trail of blood. When she came to the end of the catwalk and spun around the coat splashed blood into the faces of those sitting in the audience. IT WAS FABULOUS.<br><br><br><br>
However, it was aired only a few times before being pulled.
 

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"However, it was aired only a few times before being pulled."<br><br><br><br><br><br>
I wonder who pressured the channels to pull the ad ... wink wink!<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
That vegetarian ad sounds great to actually have on TV .... I hope it was wedged in between KFC and a McDonald's ads ...that would have given it more punch ;-)<br><br><br><br><br><br>
I hate ads. If I watch TV practically all of the ads are for meat-based fast food places. Or they are for big meat producers chicken or whatever. I have never seen an ad for produce. What kindof messed up world is this (I can't watch some ads like the frigging maple leaf chicken one that has the chickens on leashes running around in what looks like one of those dog shows...man that annoys me :-( )
 

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I hardly ever watch TV any more. Television is crap lately, so I owuldn't notice if an advertisement such as this one was aired. (Believe me!)<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, I pretty much always mute the adverts when they come on. When proper Tv resumes, sound also resumes. Not a bad idea, eh?
 

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It's too bad the commercial didn't air nationally, but I would seriously be shocked if Animal Planet or any other Discovery networks channel would agree to have it on nationally anyway (the networks generally approve their own national ads, but not the local ones). After all, the Discovery channels are virtually owned by Procter & Gamble (count P & G ads on Discovery network channels one of these days) with all the ad money P & G pays them. And I doubt that P & G would approve any type of ad that suggests animal rights activism.
 

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Actually in a way I think the most violent images might cause people to turn away and shut their minds off</div>
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Right, because most omnis don't want to think about what they eat...they don't want to think they are eating animals, or hurting them for that matter...because if they did really think about it, they would realize how disgusting it is.<br><br>
I would like to see that commercial air everywhere.
 

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i'm new at this, but humor me please<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> what does the * in veg*n stand for? i noticed that you used it sunnyk. and hi<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Hi k8k8vt, that's a cute puppy! You'll see "veg*n" all over the place around here -- it's a way of referring to both "vegetarian" and "vegan" at the same time. I used it 'cause my friend is vegetarian, I'm vegan, and we're both veg*ns!
 

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I'm very happy to hear about the ad! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Hopefully, we are moving in the right direction. I just hope people will realize that veg*nism is not a "fad", yet common sense.
 

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Kpickell, let us know if there's a link so we can see it!<br><br><br><br>
Peebs, if I win the lottery before you do, I'll finance that Superbowl ad... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Ha <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> I haven't ever seen a pro-veg ad, it's be soo cool if those ads could be aired for much longer...or if on every meat/cosmetic commercial they'd show the sick reality and truth of what really happens to get that steak or that cute lipstick.
 
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