BALLOONS KILL WILDLIFE, POLLUTE THE EARTH AND WASTE HELIUM
BALLOONS BLOW… DON’T LET THEM GO!
Countless balloons are released around the world every day.
Beach litter surveys have shown the amount of balloons and balloon pieces found on the beach have tripled in the past 10 years.
While some balloons burst, others just gradually deflate. But they all fall back down to Earth where they can wreak havoc on wildlife on land, sea, and air.
Dolphins, whales, turtles, and many other marine species, as well as terrestrial animals such as cows, dogs, sheep, tortoises, birds and other animals have all been hurt or killed by balloons. The animal is usually killed from the balloon blocking its digestive tract, leaving them unable to take in any more nutrients. It slowly starves to death. The animals can also become entangled in the balloon and its ribbon making the animal unable to move or eat.
Sea turtles are particularly at risk because they naturally prey on jellyfish, which balloons can easily be mistaken for.
Balloons can take years to break down, even the so-called “biodegradable” latex ones. This provides plenty of time for them to travel and encounter many animals that may mistake them for a snack, or accidentally get entangled in them.
Some states and countries have enacted laws regarding the release of balloons. This multi-billion dollar industry encourages consumers to litter. It is our view as well as many involved in conservation that releasing balloons should be included in litter laws, after all, that is the end product; litter.