40 Incredibly Shocking Advertisements. #25 Is Blood-Chilling But So Effective

These 40 ads from around the world are shocking, effective, and shockingly effective. Kudos to the designers of these ads for using public space and everyday images to change the way we think about issues that too often go unnoticed. Animal cruelty, human trafficking, and drinking and driving are just a few of the issues confronted head on here. Makes you think twice, doesn’t it?

1.) Torture victims are just like you and me.

1.) Torture victims are just like you and me.
Advico Y&R, Zurich, Switzerland

2.) Stop the violence, don’t drink and drive.

2.) Stop the violence, don't drink and drive.
Terremoto Propaganda, Curitiba, Brazil

3.) If you smoke, your story will end before it should.

3.) If you smoke, your story will end before it should.
Iris, London, UK

4.) WWF – what’s more horrifying?

4.) WWF - what's more horrifying?
DDB&CO., Istanbul, Turkey

5.) The color of your skin shouldn’t dictate your future.

5.) The color of your skin shouldn't dictate your future.
Publicis Conseil, Paris, France
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Publicis Conseil, Paris, France

6.) Deforestation continues with the turn of a page.

6.) Deforestation continues with the turn of a page.
LINKSUS, Beijing, China

7.) Spread un-hate.

7.) Spread un-hate.
Fabrica, Italy
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Fabrica, Italy

8.) Slower is better.

8.) Slower is better.
Cramer-Krasselt, Milwaukee, USA

9.) Save paper, save the planet.

9.) Save paper, save the planet.
Saatchi & Saatchi, Copenhagen, Denmark

10.) Air pollution kills 60,000 people a year.

10.) Air pollution kills 60,000 people a year.

11.) “Liking” isn’t helping. Be a volunteer.

11.) "Liking" isn't helping. Be a volunteer.
Publicis, Singapore
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Publicis, Singapore

12.) Bird conservation – if you don’t pick it up, they will.

12.) Bird conservation - if you don't pick it up, they will.
TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris, Johannesburg, South Africa

13.) What we see when you smoke.

13.) What we see when you smoke.
JWT, Atlanta, USA

14.) Animal anti-cruelty league – that’s not a soccer ball.

14.) Animal anti-cruelty league - that's not a soccer ball.
Lowe Bull, Cape Town, South Africa

15.) Don’t talk while she drives.

15.) Don't talk while she drives.
Mudra Group, India

16.) Child soldiers – it’s not happening here, but it&#821strong>

Pius Walker, Amnesty International, Switzerland.

17.) Censorship tells the wrong story.

17.) Censorship tells the wrong story.
Memac Ogilvy & Mather Dubai, UAE

18.) Don’t drive distracted.

18.) Don't drive distracted.
Red Pepper, Ekaterinburg, Russia

19.) Every 60 seconds a species dies out.

19.) Every 60 seconds a species dies out.
Scholz & Friends, Berlin, Germany

20.) Where’s the pedophile?

20.) Where's the pedophile?
Michael Arguello, Copywriter: Bassam Tariq, Additional credits: Jason Musante
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Michael Arguello, Copywriter: Bassam Tariq, Additional credits: Jason Musante

21.) Sexual predators can hide in your child’s smartphone.

21.) Sexual predators can hide in your child's smartphone.
Herezie, Paris, France

22.) Smoking causes premature aging.

Euro RSCG Australia

23.) Say “no” to anorexia.

23.) Say "no" to anorexia.
Revolution Brasil

24.) Neglected children feel invisible.

24.) Neglected children feel invisible.
Australian Childhood Foundation, JWT Melbourne

25.) Plastic bags kill.

25.) Plastic bags kill.
BBDO Malaysia, MALAYSIA, Kuala Lumpur / Advertising Agency: Duval Guillaume, Belgium

26.) What goes around, comes around.

26.) What goes around, comes around.
JWT, Dubai, UAE
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JWT, Dubai, UAE

27.) Give trucks room.

27.) Give trucks room.
Amélie Company, Denver, Colorado, USA

28.) Instead of tuna, see pandas.

Ogilvy & Mather, Singapore

29.) Don’t drive sleepy.

BBDO Bangkok, Thailand

30.) Feeding the hungry can be easy.

30.) Feeding the hungry can be easy.
TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris, Johannesburg, South Africa

31.) You’re causing cancer by yourself.

31.) You're causing cancer by yourself.
Dentsu, Beijing, China

32.) Deforestation changes the air we breathe.

32.) Deforestation changes the air we breathe.
TBWA\PARIS, France

33.) Every day is a struggle for the homeless.

Clemenger BBDO, Melbourne, Australia

34.) Don’t lose control of your drinking.

34.) Don't lose control of your drinking.
EURORSCG Prague, Czech Republic

35.) Each child is holding something illegal. Guess which one.

35.) Each child is holding something illegal. Guess which one.
Grey, Toronto, Canada
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Grey, Toronto, Canada

36.) The breast cancer awareness bra.

36.) The breast cancer awareness bra.
Bolero, Fortaleza, Brazil

37.) What goes around, comes around. Stop the violence.

Big Ant International, New York, USA
Big Ant International, New York, USA

38.) Women should…

Ogilvy & Mather, Dubai, UAE
Ogilvy & Mather, Dubai, UAE

39.) Don’t buy exotic animal souvenirs.

39.) Don't buy exotic animal souvenirs.
LOWE GGK, Warsaw, Poland

40.) Same animal. Different owner.

40.) Same animal. Different owner.
TBWA-Santiago Mangada Puno, Philippines
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TBWA-Santiago Mangada Puno, Philippines

41.) Buckle up. Stay alive.

Lg2, Quebec, Canada

(H/T Bored Panda)

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