css-14iz86j-BoldText {font-weight: bold;} An ad showing a man eating a bat sandwich is under investigation by the Australian advertising guard

The advertisement of the outdoor equipment company Boating Camping Fishing Store (BCF) was more than 250Viewed 000 times on YouTube

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“Ad Standards has received a number of complaints about advertising for the BCF summer campaign and is currently investigating those complaints to see if they pose a problem,” a spokesman for the Advertising Standards Bureau told the BBC

A BCF spokesperson had previously told the Australian media that the light-hearted marketing campaign recognizes that many Australians will be staying at home this summer and encourages them to explore their own gardens

“Of course we understand the severity of the pandemic and spread of Covid-19, but it is clear that this ad is designed in the same vein”

BCF is no stranger to Australia’s advertising watchdog and is on the list of the most objectionable ads in both 2016 and 2018

“Over the years BCF has established a tradition of disrespectful campaigning in the spirit of good-natured fun,” added the spokesman. “They will have their critics and we realize that”

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Australia backed a worldwide investigation into the origins of the coronavirus in April that a leading Chinese diplomat allegedly effectively singled out China

Since then, Australian imports have been in the spotlight, while Chinese students and tourists have been warned against traveling to Australia, citing fear of racism

In November, China introduced taxes on Australian wine of up to 212% These are temporary anti-dumping measures to stop the subsidized imports of Australian wine

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