Greenpeace proven liars

Back on February 25 I blogged about the liars at Greenpeace claiming in their advertising that 20,000 birds had been killed as a result of the oil spill from the MV Rena.

A member of the public complained to the Advertising Standards Authority and they have found that Greenpeace’s assertions were false (ASA Decision)

Complaints about a Greenpeace advertisement that said the Rena oil spill killed more than 20,000 birds has been upheld.

The television campaign featured a succession of oil smudges in the shape of a penguin. A dead penguin covered in oil was shown being lifted from the paper followed by the message “over 20,000 birds were killed by the Rena oil spill”.

The next screen reads “deep sea oil drilling could be 1000 times worse”.

Bryan Leyland made two complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority saying the claim that 20,000 birds had died was a “gross exaggeration” and the message it could be 1000 times worse with deep sea oil drilling was incorrect.

About 1300 birds had died according to a Te Papa blog, he said.

“While it is reasonable to assume that many have died that were not counted, 20,000 has to be a gross exaggeration which is (creating) an atmosphere of fear,” he said.

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico killed 3800 seabirds and the assertion that 1000 times more birds in New Zealand could die from offshore oil drilling _ 20 million _ was wrong, he said.

There is advertising hyperbole and then there is lying…Greenpeace lied.


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  • Apolonia

    I’m sure it’s not the only thing they lie about in order to con a dollar out of suckers.

    • Gazzaw

      I particularly dislike the Greenpeace sales people who infest supermarket carparks selling annual memberships obviously on a commission basis. Interesting that they still see themselves as a charity.

      • Peter Wilson

        Just do what I do, tell them “Sorry, I’m not interested in politics….”

  • Grandstream

    We are the odds of this being covered on TV1 or TV3 news tonight ??? Sweet FA !

  • Mully

    It’s awesome that someone bothered to call them out on some of their lies. Superb work.

    • Arnold

      Yep, good on him

  • honcho

    Will not be the last time, remember this is the croud who whilst protesting outside fonterra in the hope of stopping those who had sold their soul to the devil work but a single day for the evil empire, got upset they had been outsmarted by these demon workers who had simply entered the building through one of the other entrances .. so called in a bomb hoax.

  • Pakeha56

    Considering that the mass media death toll in Iraq is way less than 100,000, while standard methods produce a number closer to a million, I suggest that GreenPeace’s estimate is probably more accurate than the body count…

    • pukakidon

      How close? give or take 900,000 I suppose?

  • Kea

    Don’t forget to “vote down” the video on Youtube folks. The last person to take Greenpeace policy seriously was Pol Pot. He was right into the organic farming/rural thing.

    • pukakidon

      Yes he had the same economic policy of the greens as well

  • pukakidon

    Evil prevails when good men do nothing. This man did something

    I would not be surprised if the Nasty Greens don’t try and find out where he lives and smash up some of his property like they did during the Elections. Or commit burglary like the criminal Lucy Lawless and her mates.