RSPCA inspectors in the
West Midlands have launched a campaign against litter following
a number of incidents of birds and animals being hurt by
The “lethal litter”
campaign is trying to urge people to make sure they dispose of
their rubbish properly, instead of just dropping it.
Inspectors in the area
are growing concerned at the amount of calls they are receiving
in the region.
A list of accident
blackspots has been drawn up including Stratford town centre
after a goose died because of a fishing line injury in the
Inspector Paul Lane, who
found the bird, said the line had become embedded in the goose’s
leg so tightly it had swollen to three times its normal size.
“The goose must have
been suffering for a long time as the line was deeply embedded
in the flesh.
“It was a very bad
injury and sadly the goose had to be humanely destroyed to end
realise the consequences of their actions by leaving fishing
lines lying around on river banks.”
A pigeon in Leamington
also suffered because of fishing line when it got caught up in a
60ft high tree in Mill Street.
It tried to fly away
when firefighters tried to reach him and pulled the line
tighter. This caused it to be pulled back and the bird was left
dangling upside down.
The pigeon was cut down
and eventually released back in the wild.
lethal litter campaign is being backed up with an education pack
aimed at children in schools near the blackspots.