RSPCA urging families to help save animals by joining litter pick

Families are being invited to an event to help protect animals.

Saturday, 29th May 2021, 8:00 am
A hedgehog stuck in a jam jar. Picture by David Grant

The RSPCA is holding a litter pick in Seaton Sluice to remove potentially dangerous items that can cause harm to animals.

In 2020, the RSPCA took 3,874 calls about animals affected by litter and the animal charity is urging people to do their bit and join the litter picking event as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

RSPCA Inspector Trevor Walker said: “Please do your bit to help animals by joining our litter pick.

“Litter is one of the biggest hazards our wildlife faces today and the pandemic has just added to the problem with many disposable masks just being discarded on the ground.

"These are a new danger to animals and we’ve been called out to rescue animals like ducks and gulls caught up in the masks’ elastic straps.

“Our staff deal with thousands of incidents every year where animals have been impacted by litter – and they’re the ones that we know of.

"I’m sure for every animal we’re able to help there are many that go unseen, unreported and may even lose their lives.

"That’s why we’re calling on the public to get involved in the Great British Spring Clean to help remove litter that may endanger animals.”

Trevor added: “Animals who get their heads or necks stuck in litter can suffer severe injuries as they struggle to break free and can even suffocate, while others will slowly grow weaker and weaker as they try to hunt or find food or water.

“Others will get fishing line or netting cutting deep into their skin, affecting circulation and with wounds becoming seriously infected.

"These hazards can very quickly become a matter of life or death for these animals and action is urgently needed to tackle this problem head-on.

"It’s up to every one of us to do our bit in the war against litter.

“If members of the public see discarded litter we would encourage them to pick it up safely and put it in the bin, remembering to wash their hands after.

"Their action could save an animal’s life.”

The litter pick is from 11am to 1pm. Attendees should meet at the car park at the bottom of Fountain Head Bank, Seaton Sluice.