23 Jan '12, 11am

MCS is urging UK authorities to follow Spain & ban the manufacture, sale & release of Chinese lanterns.

MCS backs Spanish ban on Chinese lantern sales We're calling on UK authorities to take similar action to stop damage to environment and harm to wildlife MCS says it’s delighted that Spain has become the latest in a number of countries banning the sale and use of Chinese (sky) lanterns, and wants to see a ban on the manufacture, sale and release of the lanterns in the UK. There are already bans or restrictions in Germany, Austria, Australia and Malta and Vietnam, where they have been blamed for a number of serious forest fires. MCS is supported in its call for action on lanterns in Britain by the RNLI and the NFU. The lanterns, increasingly used in place of balloons, can be made of various materials including bamboo, oiled rice paper and wire. They contribute to rising litter levels, and pose a threat to farm animals when ingested. They also potentially harmful to marine sp...

Full article: http://www.mcsuk.org/what_we_do/Clean%20seas%20and%20beac...

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