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Prohibition in the Netherlands: Deadly balloons

colourful Messengers of the joy the balloons are Fixed. But the cords are a deadly hazard to animals. The low countries therefore hope to mimic for the balloon ban in the open.

A stuffed duck in a glass case at the natural history Museum Ecomare on the island Texel. Around the neck of the grey-white bird, laces, gift ribbons, and plastic snippets of loops. "Here we see a duck, which has become the victim of balloon strings. You entangle yourself in if you are fishing and diving. Some varieties hold the balloons even for food," says Arthur Oosterbaan, a biologist and Museum curator.

only the birds choked on the balloon remnants, or tangled in the cords, the expert explains. Also fish and other animals were affected. Oosterbaan welcomed, therefore, that on the West Frisian island of may, since last autumn, with no balloons and more in the Free released.

"And we just hope that around the world at some point out of balloons in nature to be released. The consequences are catastrophic," says Oosterbaan.

not-air balloon cords, but other plastic threads have strangled this young BasstölpeI.

- Covered debate?

The first city that was said in the case of children's parties, or weddings to make air balloons, 2015 Amsterdam. The example of the capital, around 60 Dutch municipalities to follow in the meantime. A year ago, there were just 18.

Maastricht discussed just ban using a hot-air balloon - and quite controversial. Roger Rikers, sells in his Shop for a party with Helium-filled balloons need to keep the debate to be considerably exaggerated. "This balloon is 100% biodegradable. The cord is made of cotton, so it is also biodegradable," he says. "Absolutely good for nature."

the Maastricht Green party politician Saskia Hermens considers that it takes more than two years, until the cords had completely broken down: "And until then, you are landed usually in a stomach, and the animal died of it."

balloons, in the case of the EU ban so far

except As the EU in the past year, the plastic ban for straws, disposable table ware, cotton swabs, and other disposable items on the way, was the beginning of air balloons. Ultimately, they were excluded. However, in the Netherlands seems to be the balloons slowly, the air can be assumed.

Dutch municipalities balloons to ban Outdoor
Ludger Kazmierczak, ARD Den Haag
13.03.2019 11:02 PM

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