Pandas deal ‘was not gift’

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ADVERTISING watchdogs have ruled the Scottish Government misled the public by describing Edinburgh’s pandas as “a gift”.

An advert in Scottish newspapers at the end of last year stated: “The Chinese are gifting two giant pandas to live in Scotland.”

But the Advertising Standards Authority will this week uphold a complaint by animal welfare campaigners, who pointed out that Scotland will pay £600,000 a year for Yang Guang and Tian Tian.

The government voiced disappointment at the ruling, saying Chinese authorities happily described the deal involving Edinburgh Zoo as “a gift”.