By Lucy Notarantonio
Shocking images of wildlife trapped in litter across the UK have been released to showcase the real effects of plastic pollution.
There has been a massive increase in animal related deaths and injuries according to the RSPCA – who are urging people to think of wildlife and stop littering.
The animal charity’s most recent statics also reveal that there are certain animals – especially those that live in water habitats – which are being affected by plastic.
These images which show a range of distressed animals from a duck trapped in a plastic beer holder, a cat with a plastic bag around its head, a bird with a tin can trapped over its beak and even a hedgehog in a jam-jar.
The RSPCA now claim there are now more than ten cases per week reported which show that household pets and on land wildlife have been affected too.
Adam Grogan, RSPCA Head of Wildlife, said: “This shocking rise in plastic litter incidents suggests that plastic is a growing threat to animals.
“There has been a rise in incidents affecting animals involving plastic litter from 473 in 2015 to 579 in 2018.
“Every year, the RSPCA deals with increasing numbers of mammals, birds and reptiles that have become entangled or affected in some way by discarded plastic.
“From seals with deep infected wounds caused by plastic frisbees cutting into their necks, to swans and geese trapped in fishing line or netting, plastic is clearly having an increasing impact on animal welfare.
“Our latest data sadly reflects the wider litter crisis taking place right now across the globe and action is urgently needed. It’s up to every one of us to do our bit in the war against litter.”
Ans it isn’t just rubbish being binned on the floor that affects the animals, but balloons too.
Whilst it might make an impressive sight of celebration, the RSPCA say deflated balloons are mistaken by wildlife for food and can lead to death as birds are unable to digest them.
“We hope that through our efforts, we will be able to contribute to the protection and conservation of marine life.
“The pictures was takes during our daily shark dive tour in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, April 2018.”