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The balloon industry  has set “standards” for themselves claiming that releasing balloons that are hand-tied, so-called, “biodegradable” latex balloons without any attachments of ribbon is environmentally friendly. Balloons at Funerals, Memorials ect always have ribbons/string attached. Only super large balloon releases (sporting venues ect) may NOT have string or ribbon.The balloons pictured below were released to their standards. Some are months old, some are years old. Natural latex may be biodegradable, but after adding chemicals, plasticizers and artificial dyes, how natural could it be? It may degrade after several years, but it’s surely not “biodegradable.”

All released balloons, including those falsely marketed as “biodegradable latex,” return to Earth as ugly litter. They kill countless animals and cause dangerous power outages.
Balloons are also a waste of Helium, a finite resource. Balloons can travel thousands of miles and pollute the most remote and pristine places.

While some balloons burst, others just gradually deflate. But they all fall back down to Earth where they can wreak havoc on wildlife on land, sea, and air. The proof is in the photo gallery.

Dolphins, whales, turtles, and many other marine species, as well as terrestrial animals such as cows, dogs, sheep, tortoises, birds and other animals have all been hurt or killed by balloons. The animal is usually killed from the balloon blocking its digestive tract, leaving them unable to take in any more nutrients. It slowly starves to death. The animals can also become entangled in the balloon and its ribbon making the animal unable to move or eat.
Sea turtles are particularly at risk because they naturally prey on jellies, which balloons can easily be mistaken for, even with human eyes.
Balloons can take years to break down, even the so-called “biodegradable” latex ones. This gives plenty of time for it to travel and encounter many animals that may mistake it for a tasty snack, or accidentally get entangled in it.

Some states and countries have enacted laws regarding the release of balloons. The Balloon Council, and other balloon industry entities, spend millions of dollars lobbying to keep balloon releases legal. This multi-billion dollar industry encourages consumers to litter with their product. Releasing balloons should be included in already existing litter laws, after all, it’s simply littering. Check out balloon laws to learn more and find out how to help.


Mass balloon releases are illegal in several states, cities, and countries. Releasing balloons and sky lanterns should be illegal everywhere, because after all, it is simply littering.
States that have laws: California, Connecticut, Florida, Tennessee and Virginia.
Cities that have laws: Ocean City, Maryland; Louisville, Kentucky; Huntsville, Alabama; San Francisco, California; Nantucket, Massachusetts; Provincetown, Massachusetts; and Baltimore, Maryland.
Laws in other countries: Plymouth-UK, ALL of New South Wales-Australia and Sunshine Coast-Queensland-Australia.


Similar to released balloons, sky lanterns all return to earth as litter. They are often marketed as “biodegradable” or “earth- friendly,” both untrue. Sky lanterns are made with treated paper, wires and/or a bamboo ring. They can travel for miles and always land as dangerous litter. Sky lanterns have caused huge structure fires and wildfires. This flaming aerial trash has caused serious burns to humans and killed animals who eat them or become entangled in their fallen remains.
Entire countries have banned the use of sky lanterns, including Argentine, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Spain, Germany and parts of Canada. In the USA, bans include Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Washington. Other states, including Kansas and Missouri and the New York Division of Fire Prevention and Control, are also looking into adopting changes to fire codes to regulate the use of sky lanterns.

The FAA has raised concerns over the use of floating lanterns as they can be sucked into aircraft engines.

Wildfire Today – Sky Lantern Fires
Sky lantern starts wildfire in Colorado
Wildfire Today – March 14, 2106
There is a report that a sky lantern started a wildfire in Colorado on Saturday, March 12. A writer on Pinecam.com said that between 11:00 and 11:45 p.m. one of three of the devices that were released landed in vegetation and started a small brush fire. It occurred near Pine Grove, which is another name for Pine, Colorado.

People cited for using fire balloon that may have started wildfire
Wildfire Today – July 15, 2015
A fire balloon is the suspected cause of a wildfire that started just before midnight Tuesday night on Y-Mountain near Provo, Utah. These dangerous devices that use a small flaming object to inflate and loft a plastic or paper balloon are also called sky lanterns and Chinese lanterns.

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Wildlife rescuer Terri Eather – a woman to support
Sun, 2012-02-05 02:12 — Jaylene
Having spent her working life as a police officer seeing the most horrific acts of human depravity and violence and where she was hurt on duty, Terri says she could handle that … what she can’t handle is the barbaric cruelty inflicted on those that cannot fight back and has seen many animals who were beyond her care because of a sickness in society today.
For close to 40 years, Terri Eather has been caring for injured and orphaned wildlife. This Angel of Australia is one of the most respected wildlife carers in this vast country. Spending a day with Terri at her Cornubia home gives you a fair idea of why this disability pensioner is the backbone of saving a plethora of native animal species…….. to read the rest of this story please go to:   http:candobetter.net/node/2763 .


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Plastic in Ocean     Deceased Bird with plastic stomach contentsTurtle & Plastic shopping Bag      Seal with Plastic

CSIRO Oct 2014 Newsletter

By 2050, 95 per cent of seabirds will have plastic in their gut. That is just one finding from our national marine debris research project, the largest sample of marine debris data ever collected anywhere in the world.

We surveyed the entire Australian coast at 100 km intervals, with help from school groups and citizen scientists. We found that our shorelines are littered with debris. About three-quarters of it is plastic and, although there are some large items, 95 per cent of the items are just a few centimetres across, or smaller.

In Australian waters, you can expect to find anything from a few thousand to more than 40,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometre. Our research shows that the vast majority of this rubbish comes from the land, with large concentrations near our cities, rather than from litter dropped at sea.

Read more about plastic in our ocean, and what we can do about it, on our blog.

From Terri, Oct 2014:

It amazed me that one State in the USA with a population over 38 Million in 2014 is able to and has decied to BAN the use of Plastic Bags.

Australia’s population in 2014 is about 23 Million and I can’t imagine Australia banning Plastic Bags.

Only one Town in Australia has taken action to Ban Plastic Water Bottles. That was in 2009 and not a single town/city has followed.

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When you have tiny macropod joey with a swollen hand and her Wildlife Vet’s x-ray is NOT fine enough to see if she has a fracture, what do you do? You go to you friendly Dentist and get her hand x-rayed for FREE !!!! (NOT that the Vet was going to charge you either).Snookums lft hand

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Lynda Stakers new Manual 2014 Macropod Husbandry, Healthcare & Medicinals

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If you ever hit wildlife while driving OR you see wildlife that has been hit PLEASE STOP.

  • Remove animal from Road
  • Check to see if it is still alive. If it is alive, IMEDIATELY take it to the closest Veterinarian.
  • If it is dead, for Koalas, Macropods, possums, check to see if it is male or female. If it is female, look/feel the outside of the pouch area for a joey. ALL Marsupials infants are called joeys – koalas, possums, gliders, numbats, bilbies, wombats, and more.
  • If there is a joey in the pouch the next stages are very critical. If the joey is furless, (a pinkie) it is ESSENTIAL NOT to pull the joey out of the pouch (or off the teat). If it is pulled off the teat it will start bleeding into the brain and die.
  • With the joey still attached to the teat, insert a safety pin (paper clip etc.) through the center of the teat as close to the joeys mouth. This is to stop the joey from swallowing the teat.
  • Using scissors, Stanley knife or similar cut the teat as close as possible to the Mother.
  • With two hands clasped firmly around the joey to gently remove it from the pouch.


  • Pinkie joeys can NOT thermoregulate so they need artificial heat. The joey will be kept at 32 degrees. All injured wildlife need extra warm after an accident and stress. I suggest (if there is a female MOP) that the pinkie be kept inside her bra on the left side so the joey hears her heart & gets warmth. If the ‘saver’ is male but the joey against bare skin in the chest area near heart.
  • For a Furred joey – wrap it in a jacket, t-shirt towel.
  • Have your car very quiet (preferably no talking, music etc)
  • Never allow anyone to peek/look at the joeys.
  • Never allow child or pets to hold or get near the joey,
  • NEVER give ‘saved’ wildlife anything to EAT OR DRINK NOT even water.
  • Get the joey to a Licensed Wildlife Carer, a Wildlife Veterinarian or a Wildlife Rescue Group IMEDIATELY.

Following the above steps are essential and will mean the difference between the joey living or dying.

There are instances where the joey could have been flung from the mother’s pouch on impact or a member of the public has already removed it from the mother’s pouch.

Unfortunately, sometimes well meaning members of the public give the joey to their children to play with it, place it into a box or just simply lay it on the floor. These joeys often never recover from the stress of this type of treatment and die.

A joey whose mother has killed may be dehydrated and in shock and could also be suffering from hyperglycaemia and/or hypothermia. So the joey needs to taken to someone who knows what needs to be done.

The below information is essential to be given to the carer so the orphaned joey gets the appropriate treatment.

Before leaving the site PLEASE:

  1. About what time was the Mother hit? Was her body warm?
  2. Identify Mother’s species.
  3. What injuries did the Mother sustain, what areas of her body were hit by the car.
  4. What condition was the Mother in (before accident).




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