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Rise in animals trapped in plastic warn RSPCA

Picture showing a seal with a green frisbee around its neck by Glenn Mingham

There's been a rise in the number of animals affected by plastic litter in the South West in the past four years.

That's according to the RSPCA who recorded 618 incidents over four years - with 179 of those involving animals trapped in some form of plastic.

The animal welfare charity has recorded a rise in incidents despite falling levels of litter in recent years.

RSPCA Head of Wildlife Adam Grogan said: "This shocking rise in plastic litter incidents suggests that plastic is a growing threat to animals.

"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.

"Across all species, of the 579 incidents in 2018 involving just plastic litter, 29 were litter from angling and 550 were from general litter.

"The number of seals affected by any type of litter almost doubled from 55 in 2015 to 109 in 2018  - with plastic litter incidents rising from 5 to 28 across the same period."

General litter incidents reported across the South West with the number in brackets showing plastic incidents

County

2015

2016

2017

2018

Bristol

17 (4)

17 (8)

12 (5)

8 (5)

Cornwall

27 (7)

25 (3)

21 (6)

7 (4)

Devon

40 (8)

47 (11)

38 (15)

42 (16)

Dorset

30 (6)

20 (8)

26 (9)

18 (3)

Gloucestershire

27 (5)

23 (7)

21 (7)

11 (2)

Somerset

25 (3)

25 (9)

15 (3)

23 (7)

Wiltshire

14 (2)

17 (5)

10 (5)

12 (6)

Total

180 (35)

174 (51)

143 (50)

121 (43)

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