Jenny-heartbreaking Jinya’s stories about Death visiting animals have found a compelling formula—you may recall crying over her “nice boy” comic or her multi-part black cat tale that attempted to raise awareness about cat cruelty and neglect. She previously told us that she creates sad cartoons to give victims a voice and to encourage empathy for animals who suffer as a result of people’s actions.
In her most recent cartoon illustrations, the artist investigates the far-reaching ramifications of one man-made natural disaster, plastic pollution, and how it affects wild animals.
Jenny’s latest comic focuses on the effects of plastic waste on seabirds.
Image credits: Jenny-Jinya
Floating plastic, according to a survey, attracts algae that smells like the krill eaten by albatrosses and other seabirds. The birds eat inorganic material or feed it to their offspring after mistaking objects covered in this algae for food.
As amazing images of bird carcasses loaded with plastic have showed, some birds die from consuming so much indigestible waste that they suffer blockages or are unable to take in enough food, but the consequences of plastic consumption are often more insidious. In attempt to figure out what is wrong with flesh-footed shearwaters, seabirds that live off the coasts of Australia and New Zealand but have been rapidly declining in numbers, Australian researchers conducted blood tests on the birds before they were spotted.Birds that have merely eaten a few pieces of plastic become increasingly polluted as the plastic absorbs pollutants from the environment, causing stunted development, high cholesterol, and the risk of kidney illness.
Commenters agree that they’ve had enough of people’s trash-related irresponsibility.