Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Ad pulled after terrapin attack
Turtle by the firework

An online advert showing a tortoise being shot into space has been pulled after it was linked to an incident when a terrapin was tied to a lit firework.

The creature was found injured by a dog in a garden in Wrexham on Bonfire Night. It had suffered a cracked shell, bumped head and a bleeding mouth.

The RSPCA linked the incident with the Virgin Media broadband advert which uses a cartoon tortoise.

The company apologised for any offence and said the advert had been stopped.

The RSPCA had accused Virgin Media of depicting animal cruelty with its cartoon image of a lit firework being used to fire a tortoise into space, ripping off its shell in the process.

A spokesman for the company said the advert was symbolic of a tortoise who wanted to get faster broadband and it did not condone cruelty to animals.

"We have stopped running our online advert, depicting a tortoise with a rocket, and sincerely apologise to anyone this may have offended," added the spokesman.


Steve said...

Good! Glad to hear that Virgin have listened for once. Now if only their call centre bods could do the same whenever I call about the poor service I receive...!


I haven't phoned Virgin in a while but there was a time when I seemed to be phoning all the time and whilst the phone operators were very, very polite( they sounded Indian) I just could not understand approximately 60% of what was being said.AND so they would repeat everything AND apologise for me not being able to understand what was being said. By the end of the conversation I felt awful, I felt that I was embarrassing them because my hearing must be so lousy.AND I so do not have a problem with the being Indian, my biggest problem is my bank who I swear must employ only Glaswegians to answer the phone and with them I understand less than 20% of what is being said.Before I started nurses training I worked for British Gas on the phone and with my bland accent almost every one who phoned would complain about the last operator that they spoke to who had a Welsh accent and they couldn't understand.




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