Plastic Bag Hazard


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You’re in the checkout line, and you’re asked “paper or plastic,” do say “paper” (or bring your own shopping bag). It’s not only about the environment, it’s also about our pets.

In Rwanda, Africa we noticed there wasn’t a plastic bag to be found blowing in the wind. The capital city of Kigali of just under a million people has zero plastic bags, and is noticeably cleaner. And in coastal areas it’s evident that around the world plastic bags are damaging to animals who live in the water, from seabirds to sea turtles, even dolphins and whales. But how about your puppy or kitty cat?

While it’s uncommon, dogs and cats are reported to choke on these bags. It may not happen every day, but prevention is always best.

The bags are crinkly and often smell like food. It’s theorized that cats are especially attracted as fish oils are thought to be used to make some plastic bags. Hence this may encourage animals, especially cats, to even ingest bags.

Obviously, someone was there with a camera to shoot this – so nothing bad could really happen. However, this video illustrates how quickly our pets may get wrangled and strangled.

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