RSPCA advises one simple step so your discarded face mask doesn't impact animals • Glam Adelaide

RSPCA advises one simple step so your discarded face mask doesn’t impact animals

The RSPCA SA has a plea regarding the increased number of discarded masks – be sure to cut the ear loops before disposal to protect animal welfare.

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Feature image via @RSPCAAustralia

More COVID-19 cases in South Australia means more people wearing and disposing of face masks.

The RSPCA has a plea regarding the increased number of discarded masks – cut the ear loops before disposal to protect animal welfare.

In a Facebook post, the RSPCA calls for loops to be cut, alongside heartbreaking photos of seagulls tangled in single-use face mask loops.

“Discarded masks are having a terrible impact on animals,” stated the post.

“Although you might think you’re doing the right thing by responsibly disposing of used masks in the bin, there’s one more simple step you need to take to ensure your discarded mask doesn’t injure or kill an animal – cut the ear loops.”

While masks aren’t mandatory in South Australia, they’re still recommended when physical distancing is not possible.

Click here for more information about how the pandemic is affecting wildlife.

Click here for spots to buy reusable, SA-made masks.

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