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In what is reportedly slated to become an annual tradition, Alpha Sigma Phi is apparently releasing balloons during September's Hazing Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Week. But balloons are an environmental hazard that can travel vast distances before finally bursting and falling to the ground or into bodies of water. Animals then mistake the fragments for food and consume them, which can result in choking and, sometimes, suffocation. Land animals have starved to death after their intestines became blocked with latex, and wild birds have been found with balloons or their strings binding their necks, beaks, and legs. Studies make clear that even biodegradable versions can take as long as four years to break down. PETA asked Kent State to prohibit balloon releases in favor of alternatives that don't compromise wildlife and the environment yet received no assurances that this would be the case. Your help is needed!
Using the form below, please urge Kent State officials to ditch balloon releases—then, forward this alert to everyone you know.