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Politician Says Pick Up A Pen-(guin) To Sign Petition To Save The Oceans

Penguin.jpgA penguin and a politician joined forces at Whipsnade Zoo. But there’s nothing fishy going on, they are calling on animal lovers to chill out and get behind a new flipp-er-ing good campaign.

The penguin and Euro MP Alex Mayer will urge zoo goers to slip and slide behind the campaign to create the world's biggest wildlife sanctuary in Antarctica so no wildlife gets left out in the cold.

The vast 1.8 million square kilometre fishing-free zone – six times the size of the United Kingdom – would protect penguins, killer whales, leopard seals and blue whales and help reduce the damaging effects of climate change.

The idea was originally put forward by the European Union and is being backed by a new Greenpeace campaign ahead of a conference of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resource taking place in October which will decide if the plan gets the go ahead.

Ms Mayer said: “The threats from overfishing, plastic pollution and climate change mean we urgently need sanctuaries across the world to restore our oceans' health.

“We’ve all seen the heart-breaking film footage of penguins starving to death, showing something is very wrong in the Antarctic. We can change that. So let’s come together to protect the waters that penguins call home and heal the health of our oceans.”


To back the campaign, residents can sign up at: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/s/antarctic

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