Deflated balloons can harm wildlife

DO you know what happens to those beautiful balloons you release in to the sky once they disappear from view?

When they deflate or pop and make their way groundwards they have a potentially tragic impact on wildlife.

The effects:

The balloons and their accompanying string can snare animals and birds and trapped wildlife or those with restricted movements face almost certain death from dehydration, starvation, infection or predation.

Deflated balloons are often mistaken for sea life if they land in the ocean. Birds and aquatic dwellers that eat the balloon suffer from blockages and other complications, which often lead to death.

The chemicals used in the production of balloons pose a threat of contamination and poisoning, even latex balloons, which are biodegradable, take years to degrade and the harm the pose in the interim is high.

Think again next time you consider releasing balloons in the air.



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Erin Hanekom

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