Jenny-Jinya has found a compelling formula with her heartbreaking stories about Death visiting animals—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. When we previously spoke with her, she stated that she makes sad cartoons to give victims a voice and to encourage empathy for animals who suffer as a result of people’ actions.
In her most recent cartoon illustrations, the artist examines the far-reaching repercussions of one human-caused natural disaster, plastic contamination, and how it affects wild animals.
Jenny’s new comic is about how plastic pollution affects seabirds.
Image credits: Jenny-Jinya
According to a survey, floating plastic attracts algae that smells like the krill eaten by albatrosses and other seabirds. After mistaking objects covered in this algae for food, the birds accidentally eat inorganic material or feed it to their offspring.
Some birds die from ingesting so much indigestible garbage that they suffer blockages or are unable to take in enough food, as spectacular photographs of bird carcasses loaded with plastic have revealed, but the repercussions of plastic ingestion are often more insidious. Australian researchers conducted blood tests on flesh-footed shearwaters, seabirds that inhabit off the shores of Australia and New Zealand but have been steadily falling in numbers, in order to figure out what is wrong with the birds before they are discovered. And even birds that have only eaten a few pieces of plastic become poisoned over time when the plastic leaks toxins acquired from the atmosphere through their systems.