Whale dies after swallowing 80 plastic bags

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 8, 2018

A pilot whale that died after ingesting rubbish has highlighted Thailand's losing battle against plastic, said conservationists who called for urgent measures to cut back on pollution that also worsens urban flooding.

The excruciating death of the animal the Department of marine and coastal resources said on his page in Facebook.

As noted by the vets before dying whale vomit and he managed to get rid of five plastic bags.

The whale was found in a canal in the southern Thai province of Songkhla on Monday (May 28) and for the next five days a team of veterinarians struggled to rescue it. "At some point their stomach fills up with trash and they can't eat real food", Regina Asmutis-Silvia, executive director for Whale and Dolphin Conservation's North American operations, told National Geographic.

Thailand remains one of the world's worst polluters, with government initiatives to convince people to use less plastic largely failing, they said. There are eight million tons of bags and bottles being dumped in the world's oceans, every year.

Thailand is among the most active consumers of plastic bags.

The country has a serious problem with marine pollution from plastic waste. "We have no idea how many animals aren't showing up on a beach", Asmutis-Silvia said.

Peter Thomson, the U.N. Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Ocean, told CBS News, "there is no quick fix to this huge problem and many processes and methods will be required to correct the wrongs that we have brought upon the ocean with our plastic plague".

Solheim was ultimately optimistic, telling CBS News "the solutions are straightforward: There are plenty of natural alternatives to plastics beads in toothpaste or face scrub ..."

"This is an environmental disaster caused by laziness that is easily fixed by a healthy dose of innovation and political will".

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