The Horrors of Plastic Pollution


From BestLife: “All over the globe, there are signs that plastic pollution is doing more than blighting the scenery; it is also making its way into the food chain. Some of the most obvious victims are the dead seabirds that have been washing ashore in startling numbers, their bodies packed with plastic: things like bottle caps, cigarette lighters, tampon applicators, and colored scraps that, to a foraging bird, resemble baitfish. (One animal dissected by Dutch researchers contained 1,603 pieces of plastic.) And the birds aren’t alone. All sea creatures are threatened by floating plastic, from whales down to zooplankton. There’s a basic moral horror in seeing the pictures: a sea turtle with a plastic band strangling its shell into an hourglass shape; a humpback towing plastic nets that cut into its flesh and make it impossible for the animal to hunt. More than a million seabirds, 100,000 marine mammals, and countless fish die in the North Pacific each year, either from mistakenly eating this junk or from being ensnared in it and drowning.”

See Also: Sewage-based fertilizer may be poisoning our food, Gulp: The Medicines In Your Drinking Water, US Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2006 Decreased 1.5% from Prior Year; Transportation Accounts for 27% of Total GHG, 33% of CO2, Save the planet; burn the universities, and Environment: Elephant Culling and Crisis in The Mara.

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  1. The Moof says:

    Sorry for the people who wrote the article, but that0s not sea turtle. It’s a Common Snapping Turtle I believe. Though its mutilations are seriously disturbing, I felt it necessary to correct this misnomer.

  2. liberals_r_noobs says:

    I’d say the validity of the article is questioned, now that we know he got the species wrong!

  3. joe schmoe says:

    Yeah! Must be photoshop, right? Right?

  4. K Rove says:

    I believe it is not known if this was delibrately done to that turtle by Saddam Hussein or not. In any case, the people of Iraq were looking for liberation.

  5. josko says:

    Please tell me it’s photoshop.

  6. bababa says:


  7. Anonymous says:

    Hell yeah!

  8. ady says:

    go search the web … you will find many more and I doubt that all are photoshoped. and also if you want to see something like that go to the garbage dump and I’m sure you will see some dog with something around it’s neck

  9. Anonymous says:


  10. Anonymous says:

    he is right

  11. Tee Jae. says:

    Is that real ?
    Please tell me it’s photoshop,
    because if it isn’t,
    i think i might cry.
    If it’s real
    then that is really sad.
    That poor tortoise 🙁
    It makes me so mad
    when i see stuff like that.

  12. Anonymous says:

    That is simply horrid I can’t believe that our rubbish could be and probably already has been killing innocent animals. That’s just plain wrong. Why are humans so uncapable of protecting the wild, instead of hurting it like that turtle?

  13. Anonymous says:

    if it was photoshopped i doubt it would be such poor quality. If you’re gonna put so much work into something, you’d probably pick a higher quality photo.

  14. Anonymous says:

    omg thats horrible 🙁

  15. Anonymous says:

    It just wants to feel skinny, and pretty. Let it be.

  16. sandy says:

    Plastics start as nurdles (pre-production plastic) and sadly, they end up in our oceans in that form. Check out this video to know more about nurdles.

  17. kiruba says:

    holy crap :O … wtf!!!1 ,,,,

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