Misleading: RSPCA’s ‘kindness’ ads greenwash charity’s treatment of farm animals

Adfree Cities has raised concerns to the Advertising Standards Authority that ads promoting the RSPCA are misleading citizens over the charity’s work to protect animals from cruelty, by failing to mention the RSPCA’s formal certification of farming methods that systematically expose farm animals to cruelty, harm and slaughter. The RSPCA’s recent billboard, online and TV…Continue reading Misleading: RSPCA’s ‘kindness’ ads greenwash charity’s treatment of farm animals

A before and after image: the before image shows two billboards, the after image shows the same site with the billboards removed and a mural which reads 'Welcome to North Street'

Better without billboards: celebrating community and nature

It used to display oversized adverts for SUVs, supermarkets and fast fashion, but now a site in south Bristol has been transformed from a corporate advertising space into a celebration of the local high street and our relationship with nature. Local residents, businesses and councillors had been calling for the removal of two huge billboards…Continue reading Better without billboards: celebrating community and nature

Edinburgh council votes to take high carbon ads off the streets

Big win in Edinburgh: Council approves High-Carbon Ad Ban

Two years after the policy was first proposed by Scottish Green Councillor Ben Parker, Edinburgh Council last night banned advertising for fossil fuel companies, airlines, airports, fossil-powered cars, all SUVs and cruise ships on council-owned advertising spaces, including billboards, bus stops and digital media. In addition, these companies will no longer be able to sponsor events or other partnerships in Scotland’s capital city. …Continue reading Big win in Edinburgh: Council approves High-Carbon Ad Ban

Upward trend in councils introducing ‘ethical’ ad policies

Great news! The impact of advertising on health and wellbeing is beginning to be really understood with local councils leading the way by introducing content restrictions on the ad sites that they control linked to addressing Public Health goals. Research on Characterizing restrictions on commercial advertising and sponsorship of harmful commodities in local government policies:…Continue reading Upward trend in councils introducing ‘ethical’ ad policies