Bexley students campaign to save endangered animals

PUBLISHED: 15:54 02 February 2012

Blackfen School for Girls students with head teacher Matthew Brown and MP James Brokenshire

Blackfen School for Girls students with head teacher Matthew Brown and MP James Brokenshire


Over 200 students have launched a campaign to protect and raise money for animals facing extinction.

The Blackfen School for Girls pupils have called for Britain’s first endangered animals day to raise awareness for species around the world facing extinction.

Beth Maxim, 12, who was part of the team who came up with the idea said: “We care passionately about animals, especially those that are endangered.

“We think they need to be treated with as much respect as we treat each other. After all they share the same planet as us.

“An endangered animals day will send a message to the public that they need to take action to protect these animals before its too late.”

A compelling case for the event was presented to James Brokenshire, MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup when students argued that they need the support of the government and the country.

There are hundreds of creatures around the world currently facing extinction, including the tiger, Amur leopard and giant panda.

America is the only country in the world that holds an annual endangered species day.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, nearly a quarter of all mammal species and a third of amphibians are threatened with extinction.

The campaigners are now writing to politicians, animal welfare charities and celebrities to ask for their support and the proposal has already got the backing of the London Zoo.

Rebecca Smith from the zoo said: “For us, raising awareness of endangered animals is as important as carrying out our work.

“You need people to get behind you, so something like this day would be absolutely brilliant.”

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