On Sunday, Jan. 12, I was saddened to see a balloon intentionally released at Little River Park in Zebulon. A balloon is airborne litter and dangerous to wildlife. As the state director of North Carolina Big Sweep for almost 20 years, I hear about animals in North Carolina entangled in litter every year, very few are found alive. Other animals eat litter, and basically starve to death because “good” food can’t get past the litter in their stomachs. Why should innocent wildlife suffer and eventually die because someone wanted to release a balloon?
If anyone is looking for a way to commemorate an event or loss of a loved one, please consider something constructive that won’t have deadly consequences. How about planting a tree? If a balloon release is entertainment, why not do it indoors? I am sure everyone can think of other creative ideas that would be longer lasting than a brief balloon release and would have positive results.