A video of a snake throwing up a plastic bottle in India has gone viral. Posted by Indian Forest Service official Praveen Kaswan, the video is yet another example of the the horror that plastic is causing wildlife.
The clip, shared on Twitter, shows a cobra throwing up a plastic bottle. In the tweet, Kaswan shared, “When it comes to #plastic there is nothing called as throwing away. See how single use plastic like bottles effecting the wildlife & other species.” He added that ” It’s a cobra. It is able to throw it back. Other animals can’t do that. They will die in pain.”
The clip has been viewed almost 30,000 times, as of January 11.
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) January 10, 2020
Plastic has become a pervasive problem across the world, with many animals being affected by its ubiquity. A cow in India was found with 115 pounds of plastic in its belly. The cow survived, unlike the deer in Thailand that was found dead after it had consumed an excess amount of plastic. The photos of polar bears playing with plastic went viral after a wildlife photographer captured it. And this whale was found off the coast of Scotland, dead with excess amounts of plastic inside its belly.
India and its citizens have been working hard to reduce plastic pollution across the country. President Modi was caught on camera picking up trash to create plastic awareness. A village in India was trading rice for plastic trash with citizen participating. The country has been working to ban all single-use plastic by 2022.
There are products you may be using or habits you may have that contribute to plastic pollution. Learn more about how the use of Teabags, Cotton Swabs, Laundry, Contact Lenses, Glitter and Sheet Masks pollute our oceans so you can make more informed decisions going forward. There are also numerous simple actions and switches that can help cut plastic out of our lives including, making your own cosmetics, shampoo, toothpaste, soap, household cleaners, using mason jars, reusable bags/bottles/straws, and avoiding microbeads!
To learn more about the impact of plastic waste, please read the articles below:
- Marine Animals that are Dying because of our Plastic Habit
- Where Plastic Really Goes When You Throw it Out
- 5 Documentaries to make you Rethink Single-Use Plastics
- 6 Million Tons of Single-Use Plastics Get Thrown Out Every Year!
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