WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Karen Mason, a photographer from Largo, Florida, took a heartbreaking photo of a mother skimmer bird feeding her baby chick a cigarette butt thinking it was food.
- According to environmentalists, cigarette butts are the most littered item in the beaches around the world.
- A professor of public health said ‘it’s a no-brainer that we can’t continue to allow this.’
A heartbreaking photo was captured by a photographer at St. Pete’s Beach in Pinellas County in which the innocent mama bird is seen feeding her baby chick a cigarette butt. Something that human beings caused this lovely planet into further destruction.
Karen Mason, Largo, Florida, took a saddening photo of a skimmer bird giving its chick a toxic cigarette butt in her beak.
She posted it on Facebook saying, “If you smoke, please don’t leave your butts behind.”
The chick can be seen in another photo carrying the cigarette butt in its beak as if thinking it was food. And people in the comment section are expressing their sadness over this terrible situation.
“It’s time we clean up our beaches and stop treating them like one giant ashtray [sic],” she said.
Although the fight against pollution, especially in our oceans, centered recently on single-use plastics like plastic straws, cigarette butts are actually the most littered item in the beaches, according to a report released in August 2018. Ocean Conservancy data shows over 60million cigarette butts have been picked up by the group since they started annual beach clean-up in 1986 making it number one single most collected item in the beaches around the world.
“It’s pretty clear there is no health benefit from filters,” Thomas Novotny, a professor of public health at San Diego State University, told NBC News last year. “They are just a marketing tool. And they make it easier for people to smoke. It’s also a major contaminant, with all that plastic waste. It seems like a no-brainer to me that we can’t continue to allow this.”