Animal Welfare: Litter

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th March 2018.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) injuries and (b) deaths caused to (i) farmed animals and (ii) wild animals by (A) plastic and (B) other forms of litter.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra does not hold information on the number of injuries and deaths caused to farmed and wild animals by plastic and other forms of litter. However, we do know that plastic can cause injuries and death and that is why we are taking action to reduce plastic pollution.

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