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Reader letter: Think about our animals before you release balloons and Chinese lanterns

PUBLISHED: 15:34 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:34 17 November 2017

Mrs Frisbee, an Atlantic Grey seal who had a frisbee caught around her neck for six months. Picture: David Vyse

Mrs Frisbee, an Atlantic Grey seal who had a frisbee caught around her neck for six months. Picture: David Vyse

David Vyse

I expect most people were rightly horrified to see the picture of “Mrs Frisbee”, the seal found with remnants of a frisbee around her neck.

Frisbee the seal, who is recovering at East Winch. Picture: Alison Stolwood/RSPCAFrisbee the seal, who is recovering at East Winch. Picture: Alison Stolwood/RSPCA

The result of litter carelessly discarded by ‘someone’ and all too easily done.

We should remember this when we decide on a mass release of balloons to remember someone no longer with us, or for party fun to release a few dozen Chinese lanterns.

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When these things disappear from view they don’t just ‘disappear’, they end up somewhere. It’s estimated around eight million metric tons of our plastic waste enters the oceans from land each year.

The problem is much of that garbage, our garbage, ends up down the throats and thereby slowly choking to death thousands of sea creatures, the very same ones we love to see on TV programmes like Blue Planet.

Frisbee the seal, who is recovering at East Winch. Picture: Alison Stolwood/RSPCAFrisbee the seal, who is recovering at East Winch. Picture: Alison Stolwood/RSPCA

It’s not much better for land animals either who are attracted to coloured plastic, so please think about that when you want to commemorate some event or remember a lost friend or relative.


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