The number of animals affected by plastic litter in England and Wales is at an all-time high, with incidents increasing by 22% in just four years, according to new RSPCA data.

In Wales, plastic-related incidents reported to the RSPCA have increased almost 29% when comparing 2015 with 2018 – rising from 21 calls, to 27 incidents – despite the overall number of calls about litter falling significantly.

Similarly, across England and Wales, the animal welfare charity has recorded a rise … Continue reading…

A Swansea-based swan had a lucky escape after being freed from dangerous fishing litter by RSPCA officers.

The animal welfare charity was alerted after the swan was spotted with a fishing hook stuck through his beak in ponds at the Swansea Enterprise Park, known locally as the half-round ponds, near the Wyevale.

A kind-hearted member of the public had spotted the bird’s plight – and the RSPCA removed the fishing line and rig, before releasing the swan back to the … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has issued a reminder to the public about the dangers of litter and debris to wildlife, after a badly-injured gull was found with wire entangled around their feet in Barry.

The charity’s officers were alerted after the bird was spotted injured and making no attempt to fly, on Tuesday (16 October). Wire was tied tightly around the feet of the bird, with one foot visibly hanging off.

An RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) has said the ordeal would … Continue reading…

A cygnet who had a ‘lucky escape’ after swallowing a large fishing hook has prompted the RSPCA to urge anglers to take litter home with them.

The bird was rescued from a lake in Rotherham, on Wednesday last week (29 August), with a 7cm-long fishing hook in his throat and fishing line wrapped around his esophagus.

He was taken to a local vet but was transferred to the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange wildlife centre in Nantwich, Cheshire, as his injuries needed … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru answered almost 300 calls in 2017 about animals harmed by rubbish, according to shocking new figures.

In total, the charity recieved 278 calls from Wales over the year about animals impacted by litter and discarded objects – incidences the RSPCA say are “entirely avoidable”.

Litter-related incidents across 2017 included three gulls who had to be put to sleep after being found trapped in fishing litter, at Hendre Lake in Cardiff.

RSPCA Cymru worked with Cardiff City Council, and … Continue reading…