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Plastic bags jail threat to save dolphin.

Byline: KATHARINE HOURELD

PLASTIC bag users could face jail or a PS31,000 fine after Kenya passed tough legislation to save wildlife from pollution.

The law passed in the East African nation is aimed at manufacturers and suppliers, but allows police to charge anyone just carrying a plastic bag.

But officers said "ordinary people" would not be targeted at first.

Kenya joins more than 40 countries that have banned, partly banned or taxed single-use plastic bags, including China, France, Rwanda, and Italy.

Bags drift in the ocean, strangling turtles, suffocating seabirds and killing dolphins and whales.

"If we continue, by 2050, we will have more plastic in the ocean than fish," said UN expert Habib El-Habr.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 29, 2017
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