Here's what the Scottish SPCA Have To Say
We talked to the ScottishSPCA about the problem of litter and wildlife. Here’s what they say:
- Scotland’s animal welfare charity Scottish SPCA saw an increase of 17% in calls about litter 1 January to 31 March 2021 compared to the previous year. 118 jobs have been raised involving animals and discarded rubbish this year which is up from the same period in 2020 when there were 99. In addition, environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful has recently warned of a looming litter emergency with data showing an 111% increase in significantly littered sites since 2007.
- The Scottish SPCA get countless reports every year of animals ingesting or becoming trapped or caught in litter or discarded fishing wire. Some litter is a choking hazard or can cause damage and restrict an animal’s ability to eat which can lead to starvation. Animals can also ingest rubbish which can be fatal.
The animals most affected by litter with the 118 calls include:
- 70+ wild birds and swans
- 18 gulls
- 6 seals
- 3 deer
- 3 geese
- 3 foxes
- And cats, badgers, cows and goats.
They are supporting the Paws on Plastic campaign. Here are the details remember to be very careful picking up litter, and be especially aware of COVID, so always follow the guidelines carefully.
This is part of the Let's Make Bennachie Litter Free! information.