Balloons in the sky might seem like a fantastic idea until you realize what they do to animals.

A week ago, the organizers of the Indy 500 released hundreds of balloons in the sky before their race began.

Knowing what they do to species across the globe, people online started an uproar against the practice. A Twitter user wrote, “It’s called littering and it’s dangerous to wildlife. Please stop.”

Blue Planet Society wrote, “Nothing short of criminal environmental vandalism.”

The truth is that balloons are responsible for the death of many innocent birds, sea turtles, and other wildlife because of ingestion or getting tangled up in their strings.

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Balloons are not biodegradable,” Kitty Block, president, and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Humane Society International (HSI). There are enough options for people to enjoy their parties. “We have long discouraged the use of balloons for celebrations and other events, because of the direct threat of harm or death they pose.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) showed where the balloons reach in an attempt to raise awareness on the subject. They even had a picture showing a seabird’s corpse tangled in balloon strings.

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So stop letting balloons float away, dispose of them safely.

After the backlash, Indy 500 claimed that their balloons were biodegradable. But shreds of evidence have shown up that prove otherwise.

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