RSPCA makes plea over danger of litter to animals

Anne Wignall, a trustee of RPSCA Shropshire, has made the call in her monthly round-up of matters affecting the animal charity.

According to Mrs Wignall, on average, the RSPCA receives 10 calls a day about animals affected by litter, which spikes in the summer months.

She added: “It is estimated that the actual figure is much higher as injured animals are not always found.

“RSPCA inspectors rely on the eyes and ears of the public but given that so many injured animals will go unseen, the only way the suffering will stop is if people are more mindful about litter and how it is disposed of.

“Everyday objects that seem perfectly safe can become hazardous when animals come into close contact with them.

“By binning our rubbish safely instead of littering, we're making choices that could save many lives. 

“Protecting animals from harmful rubbish is easy – dispose of your rubbish responsibly by recycling, reusing or simply putting it in the bin.”

Mrs Wignall explained that the worst offenders in posing a danger to cars found by volunteers included plastic bags; plastic can holders; balloons, sky lanterns; containers and cans; elastic bands; fishing tackle, and glass.