Why is it so hard for legislators to make it illegal to release balloons?

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asked Oct 10, 2017 in Ocean Conservation by Horseshoe Crab (10 points)

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answered Oct 19, 2017 by richardehyman (2,630 points)
selected Oct 20, 2017 by Horseshoe Crab
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Have you written and called and visited your representatives, in-state as well as in D.C. I recommend any or all of these steps, if you want to see action in your state.
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answered Oct 17, 2017 by richardehyman (2,630 points) 1 flag

Great question. Mass balloon releases are illegal in several states, cities, and countries. Releasing balloons and sky lanterns should be illegal everywhere.

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.

commented Oct 17, 2017 by Horseshoe Crab (10 points)
I live in Virginia, where the law allows a release of 49 balloons. I consider that to be a mass release. I participate in a marine debris survey, and we've been known to pick up 100+ balloons over a less than one mile stretch. I just wish legislators could grow spines and outlaw releasing ANY balloons.
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answered Oct 19, 2017 by Boneyard (1,593 points)
edited Oct 26, 2017 by Boneyard
I believe that people are under educated on this matter. For example, in my own family they thought it was OK to yearly release balloons in honor of my brother. They saw no harm in it. I educated them on why this practice is harmful, especially to marine life and they have changed their minds. So, further education of the public is needed, even at inland locations where the balloons could be consumed by terrestrial animals. Let's get the word out!!
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answered Oct 23, 2017 by richardehyman (2,630 points)
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answered Aug 5, 2018 by Scubachuck (1,093 points)
There’s no money in it for them.
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