Last week, the City of Seattle banned plastic bags for distribution from grocery stores to department stores. I applaud this effort because, among other things, it is a positive move to help animals, as is so well described in this news article. But here is one more reason why…
A few years ago, I was cleaning out rabbit cages at the Richmond Animal Shelter in BC. The shelter was closed; it was a holiday. It was quiet, and the seagulls that usually avoid the barking dogs of the shelter flew low that morning. I saw that one of them had a plastic bag caught on his knee and entangled in his foot. The bag was trailing, inflated behind the flying bird as he struggled through the air.
This sight really gnawed at me. What a useless infringement on his right to be a seagull and to fly through the air, as humans claimed it was their right to use plastic bags.
So I applaud Seattle and all the other cities in the US and Canada that have made this choice. Because the only thing more convenient than a plastic bag is not having to deal with them later.