Sacramento residents are looking at a lot of changes to the city and the state should a handful of bills be passed. In an effort to address pollution, animal cruelty, and tobacco use, California lawmakers are trying to ban a slew of products that are available to consumers.
Some of the things that are on that list are filtered cigarettes, plastic bags in grocery stores, micro-beaded facial scrubs, and orca shows. There are already several products and activities banned in California, and many people are voicing their protests against these bans, stating that they interfere with profits or cultural traditions. Many feel that bans such as these are perfect examples of how much the government interferes where it isn’t necessary.
Those in favor of the bills are stating that these bans are beneficial for all Californians as they allow for a unity that will cause less confusion among consumers. Some areas already have these bans and if it was made statewide, it will make for less confusion, as the laws will apply everywhere.
A documentary called “Blackfish” detailed many orca attacks on trainers who worked at Sea World. In this documentary it shows orca attacks that have been caught on tape and it is quite frightening. Several trainers have lost their lives due to these attacks. It is believed that there are a lot of inhumane practices going on causing the orcas to act out, and this bill by Assemblyman Richard Bloom would eliminate these orca shows and prohibit orca captive breeding.
When it comes to banning plastic bags, the issue has been raised, what will happen to people’s jobs that work in these factories? What will happen with the excess of oil by-products that will be left behind should these factories be shut down? It is pointless to enact a ban if the negatives are outweighing the positives. However, lawmakers are stating that there will be funds allocated to create more jobs to offset the loss of jobs at the factories and ultimately the ban of plastic bags will result in a lot less environmental waste.
Cigarette butts have been identified as the worst form of plastic waste on California’s coast. Other policies have been tested and are not bringing forth results. There is already a $1,000 fine for littering and it isn’t deterring people from tossing their butts everywhere. Lawmakers believe that the only solution is to enact a ban.
Lawmakers are also looking to ban microbeads in cosmetics because scientists have found that these microbeads slip through our filtration systems and end up in the oceans and lakes and are ingested by fish.
These bans would affect all Californians and there is a great amount of support and an equal amount of protest against these bans. The ultimate question is, will the affects of these bans be beneficial or will they cause more problems?