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Iceland's Christmas advert banned, orangutans terrorized for palm oil

Iceland's Christmas advert banned, orangutans terrorized for palm oil

A British supermarket chain said on Friday their Christmas advert has been banned for being too political because it shows palm oil manufacturers terrorizing orangutans.

Here's the Christmas advert, which will be released on social media instead of the UK's four major TV channels:

Clearcast — a non-governmental organization that decides which adverts are allowed on the UK's four major TV networks — said the advert breached the 2003 Communications Act which "prohibits political advertising" in-line with the Broadcast Code of Advertising Practice (BCAP.)

An Iceland press release, entitled "The Christmas advert that never made it to TV," said on Friday: "Advertising regulators banned advert on grounds of it being seen to support a political issue."

"It was hoped that the advert would improve shoppers' understanding of the widespread rainforest destruction for palm oil production, which appears in more than 50% of all supermarket products."

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