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Seabird Deaths Investigation

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3:30pm 22nd April 2013
(Updated 3:30pm 22nd April 2013)

A online petition set up after dead and sick seabirds washed up on Cornish beaches gets more than 3,000 signatures.

Over a thousand have died after getting covered in a sticky chemical.

The RSPCA is looking after hundreds more which have washed up at places like Looe and Mevagissey.

It is as campaigners call on ministers for a full investigation and to tighten up rules over dumping waste in the sea.

Peter Venn is helping the clean up and said: "It's called Polyisobutane. It's a product which we understand can be legally discharged into the sea in certain quantities and obviously we're very keen now to see that re-visited.

"The impact on seabirds particularly, which is what we've seen from the two incidents, is serious and from a welfare point of view we're very concerned. So, we're very keen to see that there's an investigation into that substance and what it does to sea life."

(Photos: Claire Wallerstein)

3:30pm 22nd April 2013

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