from Sunday Herald, 19 December 2004
Almost every seabird in the world is contaminated by scraps of plastic discarded by consumers, shipping and industry, scientists have discovered.
The stomachs of fulmars in the North Sea, storm petrels in the Antarctic and albatrosses in Hawaii have all been found to contain plastic waste. Some of the birds have eaten hundreds of plastic fragments, and many have died as a result.
"It's a disgrace for humankind that we have so much unnecessary rubbish," says Dr Jan van Franeker, a Dutch marine biologist. "We should respect other forms of life on this planet, not offload our problems onto them."