Comcast Pulls SHARK’s TV AD For Being Too Graphic - After They Approved It!


Last week we held a successful press conference launching our new ad, narrated by TV icon Bob Barker, that calls for legislation to be passed banning horrific live pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania.

Even before it aired, the ad garnered great attention for this important cause, including inspiring two newspapers to publish editorials against pigeon shooting.

Click the picture to watch the ad:

The ad had been submitted to Comcast Cable in Harrisburg, where the initial commercials were going to run before airing statewide.  Comcast approved it and we had a schedule in hand, and then hours after it aired on networks such as CNN and FOX News, Comcast pulled the ad off the air!

They claimed the ad was too graphic for CNN and Animal Planet, and that FOX and MSNBC would only run it after 9 PM. Of course it’s graphic - it shows the bloody reality of what pigeon shooting is, but they approved it, which is why we held that press conference. 

Unfortunately, running it in prime time, the only time they will allow, is going to almost double the cost per ad. To make matters more difficult, we only have a limited time that the PA State Senate is going to be in session before the year ends, meaning we need to get this ad up and running again ASAP if we want to be able to have an effect. 

SHARK has committed to this effort, so we are paying the higher price to get the ads back on the air but that doesn’t mean we are going to take this sitting down. We sent out a press release about Comcast pulling the ad. 

Read the articles covering this story:
Comcast cuts showings of anti-pigeon shooting commercial featuring Barker

Pigeon shoot commercial deemed too graphic, scrapped by Comcast

We want to thank all of you who have already supported this ad campaign and donated to get the ad on in even more television markets in PA. With the ad cost now doubling, we need even more help if we want to have the greatest impact we can, and to fight against the NRA who is fighting with all their power to keep these vile events alive and well. Please make a donation to get more ads on the air HERE.  

Please contact your Pennsylvania State Senators and ask that they pass HB1750 immediately.
Click here to find and contact your Pennsylvania state legislator

Please also contact Governor Tom Corbett and ask him to support this effort. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please also politely email and call Senate Majority leader Dominic Pileggi and ask him to bring the bill to a vote:
Phone:  717-787-4712
The editorials against pigeon shoots:

Time for the Legislature to stop these slaughters

End the slaughter: Unsporting pigeon shoots should be outlawed 

News coverage of the Ad:

Commercial urges ban of pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania

Bob Barker appearing in commercials to push Pa. ban on pigeon shoots

Graphic ad aims to build support for ending Pa. pigeon shoots

Animal rights group takes aim at pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania

Pa.'s pigeon shoots inspire animal-rights group's campaign