How plastic pollution affects camels in the Thar
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9th January, 2021
- A research defines ingested waste deposits get trapped in the stomach or digestive tract and form a large stone-like mass.
How the plastic waste affects camels?
- A collection of tightly packed indigestible materials that can include plastics, ropes, other litter and salt is known as ‘polybezoar’.
- Polybeozars lead to gastrointestinal blockages, sepsis from increased gut bacteria, dehydration and malnutrition in the ruminants.
- In India, the camels are used in cultural events and at tourism spots. At these places, the animals would be more susceptible to ingesting single-use plastics and bags.
What are the issues with the use of plastic?
- There is no blanket ban imposed on single use plastics and institutions have been given the independence to phase out at their own pace.
- The major contention remains that there is no central definition of what comprises single-use plastics and at times, people confuse it with polythene bags.
- The ambiguity around the definition and the measures to effectively phase out plastic could adversely affect any sort of ban.
How the situation can be improved?
- Improved waste management
- Alternative systems to package and deliver goods
- Awareness generation among the people
- Ban on single use plastics