Chemicals killing Dorset seabirds


The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said three leading wildlife organisations have joined together to call for the ban on the discharge of a substance which has killed hundreds of seabirds, after more than 1,000 dead birds have been found on beaches along the southern coast in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset, including razorbills, guillemots and puffins.

The unfolding disaster of hundreds of seabirds floundering and dying along England’s southern coast because of marine pollution has prompted the RSPB, the RSPCA and The Wildlife Trusts to write to Stephen Hammond MP – a minister at the Department for Transport – alerting him to the growing threat posed by the discharge from ships of polyisobutene (PIB).

The three charities are urging the minister to take a lead in driving an international reclassification of the man-made substance to prohibit the discharge of PIB at sea. PIB renders seabirds helpless, restricting their mobility and preventing them from feeding as the chemical coats their plumage.

April 24, 2013 |

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