Parents Who Let Daughter Pose Eating 'Dog Poo' Should Be Ashamed

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dog poop billboardPeople who don't pick up their dog's poop are some of the laziest, slimiest people alive. Really, there's no excuse good enough nor deterrent strong enough ... or so I thought. A poster aimed to shock people into picking up after their pets' waste is so foul and so disturbing, it's definitely gone overboard.

In the poster promoted by the Bristol City Council in the UK, a toddler is shown with something brown all over her hands and mouth at a playground. At first it looks like it could be a fudgesicle, or some chocolate frosting, or some other sweet treat enjoyed by this little girl. Then you see the pile of poop at the bottom, and it's clear what has just happened. 

The text reads: "Children Will Put Anything in Their Mouths." Ewwwwww! It goes on to warn people they'll be fined if they don't pick up after their pets, and encourages people to report offenders.

Sometimes shock tactics in advertising can be pretty clever and just what's needed to convey a message. And this is a good message. The method, however, is just so wrong. I'm sure it was chocolate or something yummy used in the shoot, but the image it conveys is just nauseating.

Can you imagine letting your child star in an advertisement like that? I know some people want nothing more than to see their children as stars, but it shouldn't happen like this.

A child this age has no concept of what she is doing, and for a parent to pimp her out for whatever reason as the "dog poop girl" is just irresponsible. I suppose you could argue that it's for a good cause, but that's simply not enough to make up for the potential mocking and torment this child could face in later years when her peers get a hold of it. 

Not that casting agents are beating down our doors, but I'm not sure I'm down with my kids doing any kind of modeling at a young age before they fully understand the gig. If I do let them, it certainly would be for something less disgusting than this, like ... anything.

Would you let your kids star in an advertisement like this?


Image via Bristol City Council

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nonmember avatar Elizabeth

YES, thank you PrettyGirlMyers. Who cares if it grossed you out. I think that's kind of the point!

jkm89 jkm89

Calm down. Just calm down right now. You're making waaaayyy too big of a deal over this.

nonmember avatar Shandeigh

honestly... it looks like a stock photo... the parents probaly have no idea it would get used in a poo-eating ad.

Todd Vrancic

It could just as easily been photoshopped.  You are making Mt. Everest out of an anthill.

kckcm2 kckcm2

I got free photos from a photographer from my daughter when she was 18 months old because I signed a release form saying he can use the pictures in anyway he wanted to. How do you know that these parents didn't sign a release allowing the image to be used? You were jumping to conclusions when you have no detailed information and it's bad idea, bad reporting, what are you thinking?

silve... silverdawn99

oh good grief! its just a photo! i am sure she has frosting all over her mouth and i have seen worse photos

Rache... RachelsMercy

THANK YOU all of you REASONABLE people who commented. The author clearly has a bug up her ass... and is WAY too sensitive.


oh come on its not real dog shit ...

Cats Majik

Hell, I would do it myself .Just to make a point ..and I would not have to be paid.Some things just have to make an impact and that sure did has you and everyone else talking about it ,right? So hopefully the ad worked and will motivate the lazy, no good rotten, slob dog owners to clean up after their canine ..and just maybe if people see some dog taking a dookie.. they will demand said owner of the pooch to clean it up lickity split.

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