Protect Your Trash!

By Petrea

Birds, mammals, and reptiles get injured or killed by trash. Trash in the ocean kills more than one million sea birds and 100,000 million marine mammals and turtles each year. In 2008 eighty-one birds, sixty-three fish, forty-nine invertebrates, thirty mammals, eleven reptiles were found entangled in debris by volunteers.

Here are some ways how animals could and are getting hurt.

·         Thrown fishing lines can trap wings, legs, or necks.

·         Fishing hooks can get stuck in birds’ mouths.

·         Most fishing weights spread lead in the water. Then the fish accidentally swallow the water that has lead in it.

·         Broken glass can break feet of foxes, coyotes, and badgers. We could also get cut from broken glass that’s just lying around.

·         Unbroken glass could also injure animals. Unbroken glass can become traps. Some little animals such as lizards go searching for food. Then as you can guess they get trapped in there. Then they die of overheating.

·         Also small mammals could get their heads stuck in opened jars.

·         Plastic rings also become traps. Animals could get their necks and legs
·         stuck in the rings.

Those are just a few ways how animals can get hurt. But there are ways to prevent this from happening. Here’s how we can
help.

·         Look at your family’s trash. If you see any products that have unnecessary packaging tell the company about it. You could e-mail, write a letter, or speak to them on the phone. Companies normally have a number so people could comment about the product. You shouldn’t buy products if they refuse to change the way they package their products.

·         Check your trash. Ask yourself are these objects animal proof? What packaging could injure an animal? Then if you find open bottles of jars you should put the cap on tight or plug the holes. Also cut up any plastic rings and plastic bags. Remove can tops completely. Another thing is make sure food is sealed tight in a leak free bag.

·         Join community clean up projects.

·         Make community clean ups as much as you can. Like if you see any trash on the roads of on the fields pick it up. (Make sure you wear gloves or some other protection for your hands.)

·         Teach others about trash and how it can injure or kill animals.

If you just do these simple steps you’re saving tons of animals’ lives.

Sources
http://environmentalchemistry.com/yogi/hazmat/articles/trash.html

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/0804/6214912.htm

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