Norfolk MEP backs campaign to create the world’s largest wildlife sanctuary in Antarctica

MEP Alex Mayer meeting penguins at Banham Zoo. Picture: Zoological Society of East Anglia

MEP Alex Mayer meeting penguins at Banham Zoo. Picture: Zoological Society of East Anglia - Credit: Archant

Visitors to a zoo in Norfolk are being encouraged to support a campaign to save the world's oceans.

Norfolk MEP, Alex Mayer has visited penguins at Banham Zoo in Norfolk in a bid to get animal lovers to support a campaign to create the world's largest wildlife sanctuary.

If successful, the campaign would see a 1.8 million square kilometre fishing-free zone established in Antarctica.

With the aim of protecting the area's wildlife and help reduce the damaging effects of climate change.

The idea was originally put forward by the European Union and is being backed by Greenpeace.


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

'So let's come together to protect the waters that penguins call home and heal the health of our oceans.'

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To sign the petition visit: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/s/antarctic

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