Balloons Blow

Currently, seven states and a handful of cities have passed legislation regulating balloon releases, and legislation is pending in several others, though these attempts to clean up the environment are vigorously opposed by the balloon industry lobby. Industry assertions that fallen balloons take no longer than oak leaves to biodegrade miss the point: oak leaves that fall to the ground aren’t litter and harm no one. In Britain, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has advised schools to refrain from balloon releases out of concern for wildlife, other animals (including farmed animals), and the environment.

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