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Children Launch Campaign Against Sea Bird Deaths

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4:41pm 29th April 2013
(Updated 4:41pm 29th April 2013)

The Prime Minister has pledged action after more than a thousand seabirds washed up off the Cornish coast.

It is as Cornish schoolchildren call for a ban on the dumping of a sticky substance that has killed hundreds of seabirds.

More than a thousand have washed up from Mevagissey to Whitsand Bay covered in PIB.

At the moment ships can ditch it twelve miles out to sea.

On a visit to Cornwall David Cameron told Pirate FM it is not on: "What we need to do is make sure we target those vessels that are apparently doing this and we take action to put a stop to it, because it's very important that we protect the seabird populations that we have.

"We should always base all our rules and laws on the evidence and on the science and my understanding is that what has been done is illegal and therefore needs to be properly dealt with and we need to make sure the resources are in place to do just that."

Children from Cury on the Lizard are among those designing posters and writing to MPs calling for a complete ban.

Pupils told Pirate FM: "It's bad to put PIB in the sea because it will kill the birds."

"It spreads on their wings so they can't fly or catch fish."

Last week, Fourlanesend Primary School launched its own campaign, with children writing to Prince Charles, urging action.

All the posters and letters will be sent to Environment Minister Richard Benyon and the Maritime and Coastal Agency.

Jessica Hirons is behind the campaign. She said: "I'm really passionate that our schools need to get involved and speak to the government to say, 'It's not acceptable to do this and especially not acceptable to do it on our patch.'

"The kids are really receiving it very well. We've got lots of photographs for them to look at. They just can't believe that this sort of thing can happen. How are they allowed to dump PIB in the sea? We don't throw our rubbish on the beach."

An online petition set up by Jessica has gathered more than 5,000 signatures.

4:41pm 29th April 2013

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