Updated: Apr 8, 2020
This Blog Is Written By: Wren B
Killer balloons… Now, what are killer balloons you might be wondering? Well, the answer is simple! It's all kinds of balloons. Latex balloons, helium balloons, cloud buster balloons, Mylar balloons, foil balloons, etc. There are lots of different kinds of balloons and they’re all hurting our universe. They’re killing millions of animals. This is a big problem for the oceans as well. This is causing so much plastic pollution, but that is a topic for another day.
We want to spread awareness about this problem. We want to inform people what is happening so we can make a difference. We are big animal lovers, so when animals are in danger, we need to do something about it.
So what are am going to do about it? I'm going to tell you what is happening to the animals who come in contact with a balloon. Our goal for this blog is to persuade the reader (aka you) to stop using plastic balloons!
All of these balloons are ending up somewhere, and that somewhere is in the oceans and in animal's throats! We don't know why balloons haven't been banned yet, but they should be. This is a huge problem, and we need to do something about it! This is 100% preventable, and if we all work together we can prevent more animals from dying. This is not the animals fault! In fact, this is 100% our fault!
After a balloon is released, it floats into the sky until it reaches a point where the atmospheric pressure is less than the pressure inside the balloon itself. Eventually, they burst as a result of an increase in pressure inside the balloon. Balloons will usually then end up in the oceans and lying on earth's surface. Animals eat balloons because it is mistaken for food, so of course when they see a chance to eat some food, they’re obviously going to eat it. “The animal is usually killed from the balloon blocking its digestive tract, leaving them unable to take in any more nutrients. The animals can also become entangled in the balloon and its ribbon, making the animal unable to move or eat.” When pieces of a balloon are mistaken for food and ingested, it prevents the ability to eat and it causes a slow and painful death by starvation." “Over 100,000 marine mammals die each year from plastic entanglement or ingestion.”
This is not okay at all! Animals are suffering because of us. So next time you come in contact with a balloon please do the right thing and decompose of it in the right way. If you use balloons or if you like balloons I hope you had a change in heart & will not use balloons anymore (we know we sure won't.) Just a quick reminder, this can be prevented with your help! Let's stand up and speak out for the animals who can't! Thank you for reading my blog this week & we hope you continue to read more of our blogs & help make a difference on the road to rescuing our world!
-The Road To Rescue