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Greenpeace is not charitable - co-founder

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Greenpeace should not gain charitable status in New Zealand says Greenpeace co-founder and former leader Dr. Patrick Moore.

"I find Greenpeace’s latest attempt to seek charitable status in New Zealand via the Charities Registration Board to be ironic," says Moore.

"My view is that the organization I helped found and lead during the 70s and 80s is anything but charitable today," says Moore.

Moore is a former director of Greenpeace International who stood on the dock in Auckland Harbour, July 10, 1985, the day French commandoes sank the Rainbow Warrior, killing Fernando Pereira, the Greenpeace photographer.

"To be honest, it was a horrific event and the work we did that day in relaying the tragedy to the police and the media will forever be etched in my memory. But the Greenpeace of that day was very different from the Greenpeace of today," says Moore.

"Since I left Greenpeace, its members, and the majority of the movement, have adopted policy after policy that reflects their anti-human bias, illustrates their rejection of science and technology, and actually increases the risk of harm to people and the environment. "

"Greenpeace has a zero tolerance for genetically modified food crops, even though this technology reduces pesticide use and improves nutrition for people who suffer from malnutrition," says Moore.

"They are opposed nuclear energy, even though it is the best technology to replace fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while meeting growing electricity demand," Moore argues.

Greenpeace also campaigns against hydroelectric projects despite the fact hydro is by far the most abundant renewable source of electricity. And the organization supports the misguided campaign against salmon farming, an industry that produces more than a million tons of affordable heart-friendly food every year.

Greenpeace lost its battle in Canadian courts to hold on to its charitable status in 1999 when Revenue Canada found that the organization provided "no public benefit."

"There’s no reason to reward Greenpeace’s misinformation campaigns with a subsidy from New Zealand taxpayers," says Moore.

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