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In January 2016, 29 Sperm Wales were discovered beached on shores around the North Sea which is much too shallow for these aquatic mammals.[1] Scientists were severely concerned when finding what these animals had digested.  Several whales were found dead with plastic fragments in their stomachs, one with a 13-meter long fishing net, another with a 70cm piece of a car engine cover and bits of synthetic materials.[2] However, the reason for their death was but heart failure.[3]

Image Source: National Geographic Robert Habeck holding car parts and fishing nets that were found in the stomachs of the Sperm Whales

The environmental minister for the state of Schleswig-Holsten, Robert Habeck, said that “These findings show us the results of our plastic-orientated society. Animals inadvertently consume plastic and plastic waste, which causes them to suffer, and at worst, causes them to starve with full stomachs.”[4]

Suffering from human negligence

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