Whale dies after swallowing 80 plastic bags

Whale dies after swallowing 80 plastic bags

Up to 80 plastic bags extracted from a dead pilot whale's stomach are seen in Songkhla, Thailand, in an image from a June 1, 2018 video by Thailand's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.

Before its death, the whale spat out five plastic bags. When he died in his stomach found eight kilograms of plastic debris. We took out more than 8kg of plastic junk from the whale's stomach that were causing it to get sick.

Jatuporn Buruspat, head of the department, said they planned to raise public awareness of the problem on World Oceans Day on June 8 and call for reduced use of plastic.

From street vendors selling satay to shop clerks putting purchases into multiple bags, Thais use a huge amount of plastic.

In May, the Thai government said it was considering introducing a tax on disposable plastic shopping bags or introducing biodegradable alternatives to cut down on plastic waste, according to the Bangkok Post.

"We have a goal to reduce plastic waste by adjusting policies and practices, from their beginning in the production line, then on to consumers' hands and on to waste management at the end", said Wijarn Simachaya at the environment ministry.

As estimated by United Nations experts, the year humanity dumps into the ocean less than eight million tons of plastic.

Participants at the event pointed out that shoppers in the country still use a lot of plastic bags, and there are not enough facilities to dispose of them.

A report from the UK, "Future of the Sea: Plastic Pollution", has revealed that plastic makes up 70 percent of the world's marine letter and that the amount of plastic in the ocean is set to triple over the next decade.

"But people haven't really cared to change their behaviour despite being aware of the damage", Thon said.

Greenpeace's Tara urged the government to quickly enact regulations. "We have no idea how many animals aren't showing up on a beach", Asmutis-Silvia said.



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