The story of a pilot whale dying because of a stomach full of 85 plastic bags is a sad reflection on a modern-day throwaway society.
The whale basically died of starvation as it couldn't consume any food with a clogged stomach – a situation that would be met with screams of condemnation if it had happened in any aquarium but has become little more than a newspaper space filler in this case.
The same situation occurs in many oceans and waterways – so polluted that you could almost walk over it but not swim in it. The provision of safe, clean water is a basic human right although not always a reality.
Plastic is a wonder of science but its time as a common grocery bag must be stopped. All people must stop using them and legislators need to ban them – now.
It's time to bag the plastic bag.