Save the bees

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Dear Andy,

British bees are in danger. Three species of bees are already extinct and others are in rapid decline. Strong evidence points to particular pesticides being to blame for killing them. [1] This week we have a chance to persuade the government to protect our bees and ban these harmful pesticides.

A government consultation on pesticide use ends next Monday. [2] Normally the only people they would hear from would be the strong pesticide industry. But by handing in a large petition, we can make sure that the bees have someone to stand up for them.

Can you sign a petition now to demand the government phase out the pesticides that are killing our bees?
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/save-our-bees

France and several other European countries have already started banning these pesticides, but the UK government is yet to be convinced. [3] Together, by responding in our thousands, we can send a strong message to the government and counter the lobbying from the pesticide industry.

Last week thousands of 38 Degrees members responded to a poll on what we should be concentrating on together. Over 70% of responses highlighted that protecting bees was an important issue. [4] This week is our chance to do something about it.

Sign the petition now and help save our bees:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/save-our-bees

Thanks for being involved,

Robin, Belinda, David and the 38 Degrees Team

NOTES
[1] Friends Of the Earth – Bee Cause: http://www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/bee_cause_about_35042.html
[2] The government DEFRA consultation: http://www.defra.gov.uk/consult/2012/07/30/uknap-pesticides/
[3] The Independent: European and American reports say nerve agents may be a danger, but the UK goes on using them: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/no-ban-on-pesticides-that-threaten-bees-8114020.html
[4] Link to blog post with poll results: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/october-2012-poll

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