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Number of animals entangled or injured by plastic litter in Wales at an all-time high

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The number of animals that have become entangled or injured by discarded plastic litter in Wales is at an all-time high, according to the RSPCA Cymru.

The charity says the number of plastic-related incidents reported has risen by almost a third between 2015 and 2018.

In 2018, the RSPCA Cymru says it received 75 reports regarding animals and litter - one of them being a hybrid duck found with a plastic ring stuck around its head and beak.

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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.

– Adam Grogan, RSPCA Head of Wildlife

The charity says people can help protect animals by taking litter home and disposing of it responsibly.