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15 Eye-Opening Photos Showing How Garbage Affects Wildlife

We share this planet. It’s time to save it.

It’s not surprising that the world is full of garbage. Not only do they look disgusting, but garbage can pose a serious threat to wildlife. Animals either confuse litter with food or they ingest it by accident.

Yes, the government may have trucks that collect garbage and landfills to accommodate them, but a large amount of litter can be found in the natural environment. As a result, animals on land, sea and air are affected.

Lead weights have poisoned birds; skunks have their heads stuck inside yogurt containers; fishing hooks have poked out from a bird’s eyes — these are just examples of cases seen by Renata Schneider, a wildlife rehabilitator. However, the worst that the doctor has encountered was a raccoon, whose paws got stuck in beer cans.

Litter can also indirectly kill the wild animals. When garbage is thrown out of your car windows, animals tend to get curious and go for it, endangering their lives by being the path of oncoming vehicles. You might think that the food you throw out the car window is okay. After all, it’s biodegradable and it does no harm to the animals. But what most people don’t realize is that the piece of fruit you toss out the window will attract animals who might then get hit by an oncoming car.

For every tiny piece of plastic wrapper people throw out, there will be a huge impact on the environment. As Robbie Fearn, director of The Humane Society of the United States, said, roadside garbage produces a domino effect.

Littering has a significant impact on wildlife.

Animals tend to eat pieces of garbage lying on the ground.

Improper disposal of garbage leads to this.

Little plastic items block the animals' intestines.

Think about how dangerous six-pack soda rings can be to animals.

Marine wildlife also easily get entangled in nets and fishing wires.

And result in the death of ocean animals.

This creature never had to go through this in the first place.

For every tiny piece of plastic wrapper people throw out, there will be a huge impact on the environment.

Besides plastic, cigarette butts can harm animals with its toxic nicotine. Also, they don't degrade.

Litter can also indirectly kill the wild animals

Roadside garbage can produce a domino effect.


These poor animals easily walk into danger.

Garbage trucks and landfills are available, but pieces of trash still end up in the natural environment.

Balloons are also a major contributor to the deaths of ocean animals. Floating balloons with streamers look a lot like jellyfish with its tentacles. They can be mistaken by predators as prey. Experts suggest that celebrations should be balloon-free as much as possible.

Despite the harm that littering has done to the environment, it’s never too late to start taking little steps in an effort to save nature from destruction.

Humans are not the only residents of this planet. We share this world. It’s time to save it.

28 Comments

  1. Dracony Lacrymas Ofmelancholy

    March 12, 2018 at 2:24 PM

    No way here on Mexico. People are really in very bad habits to do so. You can see garbage almost everywhere you pose ur eyes on.
    They act just like pigs.
    What a mudda fckr lazybones.!!
    What a shame.!! Absolutely no proud of dem at all.
    It’s too pity that dey don’t appreciate & take care to keep clean every place of dis beautiful country.
    Government should enforce the law to give great penalties for those who dare break it.., and do greater efforts to be more friendship with enviroment.
    Can’t we see that we sustain and live from tourism..?

  2. Mar Macalinao

    June 19, 2017 at 2:19 AM

    Human’s threat to this beautiful planet.

  3. Elizabeth Cudworth

    June 19, 2017 at 2:41 AM

    Earth is home to all species, not just human. Its not ours to destroy nor the wildlife on it. Shame!

  4. Tenchi Madachi

    June 19, 2017 at 5:12 AM

    Humans is the animal

  5. Kristine Flohr Skoglin

    June 19, 2017 at 5:21 AM

    This makes me sad

  6. Eluvia C. Fuentes

    June 19, 2017 at 6:41 AM

    Jennifer Gonzalez Grecia Chacón Gilbert Fuentes see this is why Giovanni is so intent on helping animals! He would be so pissed if I showed him this 😞

  7. Pieter du Preez

    June 19, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    AMEN

  8. Joyce Angelou Reguyal Banaria

    June 19, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Francis Joseph Martin Vili

  9. Pat Lalone

    June 19, 2017 at 12:32 PM

    I cut up those horrible plastic packs they should be banned

  10. Susan Jackson

    June 19, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    Went to Whitby yesterday walked down the pier and looked into the ocean and there was plastic bags and plastic bottles just floating around wish people would take their rubbish home

  11. Reymer Mecadio

    June 19, 2017 at 9:33 PM

    😭😭

  12. Marites Migue Ponte

    June 20, 2017 at 12:53 AM

    It sad..

  13. James Williams

    June 21, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    😞 and this right here is why I say , I personally would rather spend billions upon billions of our tax $ cleaning up our oceans than signing onto a Paris agreement or any other agreement to do with climate change/global warming . The state of our oceans sickens me 😞

  14. 矢上 キラ 光

    June 19, 2017 at 2:02 AM

    mas nka²awa ung nkita q dte n video of a turtle na inaalis ung straw from its nostril.
    dumudugo tlg ung ilong hbang tnatanggal.

  15. Oshana Lambert

    June 21, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    Tony Fells see 👀👀👀

  16. Marvin Mills

    June 21, 2017 at 10:40 PM

    Ouch poor innocent sea____

  17. Daryl Anthony

    June 22, 2017 at 5:52 AM

    What a goddam sin humans are the mosy dangerous creatures to walk the earth

  18. Senoj Hsabmo

    August 11, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    hmmmmm only 1 to 6 beasts a year get caught ..not an epidemic …thats for sure …..and millions being used up on 1 freaking turtle? …..lol bs ..when you could be making fresh water for africa ……a 1200 mile water pipe like ….$100 per 200 meters …..and add that for 1 turtle ..turtle club over paid

  19. Michelle de Villiers

    August 11, 2017 at 4:54 PM

    Money and greed always wins over nature. People think they entitled to mess and waste and destroy as they go along.

  20. Tito Rockanrolla

    August 12, 2017 at 4:25 AM

    Mira Lucía Tesón Hernández, lo que hablábamos el otro dia de los plásticos y los pobres bichejos

  21. Jam's J Lkr

    August 17, 2017 at 5:17 AM

    Humans have got to think that they are not the only living creature on dis earth, they have got to think for d other creatures else well.

  22. Hovert Orbe

    September 10, 2017 at 11:02 PM

    Usual human solution? Focus more on the victims and less on the culprits. Keep on cleaning while others are messing without heavier penalties.

  23. Pope Kariuki

    September 11, 2017 at 3:53 AM

    N

  24. Vanessa Gomez

    September 11, 2017 at 4:23 AM

    People dont know how to care for the planet

  25. Linda Smith Phillips

    March 12, 2018 at 2:10 AM

    There’s absolutely no reason for this kind of pollution. People are just too lazy to dispose of things the right way. Ever looked on the sides of our roads, streets, and highways? Disgusting. No pride.

  26. Harlin Quinn

    March 12, 2018 at 4:18 AM

    Humans are The True Monsters! Bullshit Humans! Shame on you all except to those who are well diciplined!

  27. Rochelle Robes

    June 21, 2017 at 10:34 PM

    Samantha

  28. Warren Gorres Pamisa

    June 19, 2017 at 1:32 AM

    this happens because of not allowing plastic to dispose in fire because the imaginary ozone layer will be damaged too.

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