International Camel Owners Association Expects Straw Ban Will Save Backs Of Millions Of Animals
You may have heard of the recent law banning the sale or use of straws in San Francisco restaurants. The law was passed to curb the negative environmental impact of litter from discarded straws in the streets and on the beaches.
The ban of a small piece of plastic has become a political line in the sand between conservatives and liberals who obviously didn't have enough to argue about. Conservatives see it as a useless piece of legislation that reflects an overreach of government in an attempt to nanny the citizenry. Liberals see it as a way to save the world for our children. Until this legislation, most people didn't know how dangerous plastic straws were to our great planet.
But there is one group that knew. You may have heard the phrase, "The straw that broke the camel's back." The International Camel Owners Association (ICOA) has been sounding the alarm about the danger of straws for many years. Abdul Mohammad, the President of ICOA explains, "We have known for years that straws were dangerous. Some people are all about saving their pristine beaches. But for us it is about saving our beloved animals. For too long people have been wielding the straw that broke the camel's back. People think that is just a phrase, but it is not. Perhaps you've seen camels with two humps. This is not natural. Legend tells us that for thousands of years, all camels had one hump. Then people wanted to modify their animal transportation. So they would hit the single hump camels with plastic straws until it broke the back. Now you have two hump camels. It is a brutal history."
San Francisco activist Moonbeam Farnsworth suggests that there are many reasons to ban straws, including beautifying beaches and protecting camels. "I've heard the camel story. I think that was the last straw. The ban isn't a popular move with many people. A city somewhere had to take the unpopular step. Apparently San Francisco drew the short straw. I don't know how many camels there are in San Fran, but I am proud to know that we will be saving their backs."