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Beekeepers create buzz with UK Parliament protest

Friday - 4/26/2013, 12:10pm  ET

British fashion designers Vivienne Westwood, left and Katharine Hamnett poses for the media on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street as they help pass on a petition in support of apiarists and their campaign to show public opinion ahead of the European Commission vote on the proposal to ban bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides, in London, Friday, April, 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON (AP) -- Scores of worried beekeepers -- and a brace of fashionistas -- have gathered outside Britain's Parliament in a bid to convince the government to back a ban on pesticides that have been blamed for a worrying drop in bee populations.

The demonstrators say they hope to influence Britain's vote next week on a proposed European Union ban on some pesticides.

Some wore beekeepers' protective costumes or bright bee-like stripes to underscore their point.

Researcher Robert Mitton said Friday there has been a "rapid decline" in bee population and diversity since the pesticides came into use in the 1990s.

Fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett delivered a petition supporting the ban to Prime Minister David Cameron's residence.

The British government has previously abstained from votes on the EU proposal.


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