LITTER isn’t just unsightly, it poses a real risk to animal welfare. The health of pets and wildlife alike is put at risk by litter in stormwater drains, on footpaths and in public parks.
Currently we’ve seen a run of dogs suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea after picking up food scraps discarded in the park. It may be biodegradable, but the food you leave behind can be toxic to animals and make them unwell.
The problem is that animals don’t know any better, so if it is edible — or smells like something edible — they will find and eat it. The worst offenders are bones, corn cobs and peach pits, as they become readily lodged in the intestines of dogs.
We’ve also seen cases of wildlife entangled in string. If swallowed by any animal, it can damage the intestines, causing severe illness and — if not treated rapidly — death. Plastic bags, fishing lines and other rubbish are notorious for choking and injuring our marine life.
If you do have food scraps to discard when you are out and about, ensure they are placed in a secure bin. If the bin is full, take them with you.
Reusable containers, bags and coffee cups are much more friendly to the environment and animals.