LONDON (Reuters) - British supermarket chain Iceland has been banned from showing its Christmas advert on television because it has been deemed to breach political advertising rules. The discount supermarket company planned to use a Greenpeace-made animated short film, voiced by actress Emma Thompson, called "Rang-tan", about the destruction of the rainforest caused by palm oil production and its impact on endangered orangutans. Iceland, which earlier this year announced its intention to remove palm oil from its products by the end of 2018, said the film fitted its agenda, leading to its decision to use the film as its Christmas advert. The film was banned by Clearcast, which is responsible for the clearance of television ads before they are broadcast, on the grounds of it being seen to support a political issue. Under the 2003 Communications Act, an advert is deemed to contravene the bar on political advertising if it is "wholly or mainly of a political nature" or is "directed … [Read more...] about UK supermarket Christmas advert banned for being too political
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PALM oil is everywhere - in our food, cosmetics, cleaning products and even fuels. But some brands are now campaigning against the use of the vegetable oil product in an effort to save the environment. This is everything you need to know. Why is palm oil bad for the environment? Unknown to most people in the UK, palm oil production has resulted in displacement of indigenous peoples, deforestation and loss of biodiversity - including the death of hundreds of thousands of orangutans. Palm oil is the most commonly produced vegetable oil and 66 million tons is produced each year. The warm, humid conditions in the tropics are ideal for oil palm farming, which means vast areas of rain forest in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa are being wiped out to make room for the plantations. This releases huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. Indonesia, the world's largest producer of palm oil, temporarily overtook the United States as one of the most polluting countries in the world in … [Read more...] about Why is palm oil bad for the environment, what did Iceland’s Christmas ad say about it and how is it involved in deforestation?
Iceland's main Christmas advert has been banned from TV as it is judged to be too political. The discount supermarket chain planned to use a Greenpeace-made animated short film, about the destruction of the rainforest caused by palm oil production, and its devastating impact on the critically endangered orangutan.Earlier this year, the major food retailer committed to remove palm oil from all its own-brand foods by the end of 2018.Iceland had wanted to make the Emma Thompson-voiced film, Rang-tan, central to its festive marketing campaign to raise awareness among shoppers.But Clearcast, the body responsible for vetting ads before they are broadcast, has said it has been unable to clear it because it breached the political rules set out in the broadcast code for advertising practice (BCAP). Under this code an advert is deemed to contravene the bar on political advertising if it is "inserted by or on behalf of a body whose objects are wholly or mainly of a political nature" or is … [Read more...] about Iceland Christmas ad on orangutan plight banned for political rule breach
0 Have your say Iceland's Christmas advert has been banned after being deemed too political. But after sharing the Rang-tan video on The News Facebook page, our readers have called for the advert to be shown on TV this Christmas. Here is what you said: Armistice 100: Here’s what the law says about wearing poppies to work … [Read more...] about ‘Everybody needs to see this’: Readers call for Iceland’s banned Rang-tan Christmas advert to be shown on TV