Pork Advertising Complaint Rejected

UK - A complaint against a British Pig Executive (BPEX) advertising trailer shown as part of its campaign on Channel 4 has been rejected by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
calendar icon 23 October 2013
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There were 87 complaints about the 30 second trailer saying what it showed was not representative of the British pig industry.

In its adjudication, the ASA said: “We acknowledged that some aspects of pig farming in the UK were contentious, but accepted that the Red Tractor Scheme applied measures in an effort to control their use and the pigs were raised to good standards.

“The ASA noted the majority of complainants appeared to be responding to an online campaign questioning the general standard of animal welfare on Red Tractor farms as well as whether the ad implied that all the pigs were free-range.

“The ad made no specific claims that the pigs on Red Tractor farms were all raised to free-range welfare standards and the ad showed, albeit briefly, indoor farms as well as Jimmy Doherty's farm, which we understood was an accurate representation of his farm.

“We concluded that the images were unlikely to mislead viewers that all the pigs were free-range.”

BPEX Head of Marketing Kirsty Walker said: “We went to great lengths to make sure the campaign as a whole gave a true and accurate picture of the British industry. We are pleased the ASA has agreed with us and rejected these complaints.

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