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Aug 26

SOMEONE SAYS, “BOYCOTT BALLOONS!” — YOU SAY,”____________________”

picture of a bird with a red balloon

Is this balloon more likely to be (1) chosen as dinner, (2) used to pad a bird nest, (3) rejected as useless?

 

ROUSEings Logo/Icon 150x150 pixelsSOMEONE SAYS,
“BOYCOTT BALLOONS!”

YOU SAY “____________” 

It is becoming less unusual for well meaning citizens to challenge the value of balloons compared to the potential harm to wildlife. There are many reasonable approaches to a response. Here is one more for your consideration. I hope you find it helpful.

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“Thank you.”

I commend the enthusiasm, energy and good intentions that you exhibit. They are qualities worthy of encouragement.

I do encourage them, however, to be invested in causes more worthy of your commitment and efforts; causes that if successfully pursued and achieved will make a much greater, positive difference for animals, for humans and for the environment in which we all live together.

I realize that even human beings choke to death on occasion by biting off more than they can chew and safely swallow. So, I suppose it makes sense that birds and turtles and other creatures might do the same.

I understand that humans most often choke on things that look and smell and feel and taste like regular food. If it does not look or smell like “food” it probably never goes into the mouth, at least not intentionally. If what does go into the mouth does not feel or taste like food, it is likely the human consumer will just spit it out.

I expect it is much  the same for wildlife. If it does not seem like “food” they probably just spit it out nearly every time.

I have seen no evidence to suggest that balloons look or smell or feel or taste more like regular food to wildlife than millions of other objects in their immediate environment that are equally, if not even more, hazardous.    

At another level, even when I get regular, human food to eat and even when it tastes good; I will just spit it out (as discretely as I can) if I cannot chew it up small enough to safely swallow. I expect most humans do the same when they feel it is unsafe to swallow.

Most humans are probably smarter than most of the wildlife we are trying to protect. Yet, some of these other species have been around as long as humans have. I doubt they could have done so well on this earth if they tended to gulp down food that was too large to safely swallow. Like humans, I expect that they usually just spit it out and move on to something else.

I realize that despite the simple and obvious tests of appearance, of smell, of feel, of taste and of size there are going to be a few humans each year who choke on balloons and there will be a few wild creatures who are harmed by ingesting balloons. Yet those numbers will remain tiny compared to the numbers of those who are harmed by taking in other hazardous items which surround them everywhere they go. 

There are a great many things that are much more significant threats to wildlife and much more worthy of your attention and efforts.

I am neither a naturalist nor an especially active environmentalist, but even I know that water pollution, air pollution, shrinking habitat and over “harvesting” of some species are much more serious threats to wildlife by humans than a relatively miniscule number of balloon scraps.

Certainly, the litter caused by balloons should be minimized. But, the litter propagated by balloons is infinitesimal compared to the millions tons of trash and garbage dumped into our environment every day by a human society bent on the convenience of disposable goods. And, the vast majority of that trash and garbage presents a much greater hazard to wildlife than do balloons.

Again, I commend your enthusiasm, energy and good intentions. They are qualities that are certainly worthy of encouragement.

I do encourage them, however, to be invested in causes more worthy of your commitment and efforts; causes that if successfully pursued and achieved will make a much greater, positive difference for animals, for humans and for the environment in which we all live together.

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About the author

Graham Rouse

Graham is the owner of Rouse Technologies LLC, Clemson, SC USA.

He has 30+ years professional experience in the balloon industry.
He produces, publishes, exhibits and teaches balloon arts worldwide.
He has 5 patents on technologies for balloon professionals.
He is the creator of seminal innovations for the balloon industry:

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(3) manufacturing film balloons in connected series.

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