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Victims of Trashmageddon vol. 3 – Mammals

How come litter affects the lives of the mammals ?

The amount of garbage that is produced globally, every year is unimaginable to an ordinary person, especially to those who’re living in well-developed countries with good waste management. The wildlife on the other side isn’t paying any taxes so someone hardly takes care of removing the rubbish from the already polluted areas. Annually, 160 million tons of refuse is thrown away only in U.S.

Having so dramatically altered environment is the leading reason for seeing a drastic reduction in the population of wild mammals caused by the post effects of having filthy waters, polluted air and poor waste disposal organisation.

Water contamination and animal deaths

rubbish contaminated waters

wild mammals drink from this water

The reason for toxic ingredients getting into drinkable water may be various. Any liquid in the atmosphere, which gets mixed with poisonous materials from toxic waste or other types of chemicals, gets eventually vaporized. That is how acid rains are formed and what comes with them is destruction upon the natural habitat of many ground animals, most of them being mammals.

One very notable case of water contamination was reported in March 2014 when nearly 500 dead pigs were disposed from the reservoir every month and that continued for several months. That seems softcore, though, compared to the 16 000 pig bodies found nearby rivers which provide the water supply of Shanghai. That released enormous amounts of bacteria in drinkable water which exposed all wildlife animals to threat.

pigs contaminating water supplies

pigs contaminate water and other mammals drink it

Lots of animal species, most of them mammals, rely on these waters to deal with thirst. Imagine what happens to everything alive that makes the wrong choice to allow such rubbish liquids get into their system.

Garbage increases the global warming

For those of you who don’t know the main reason for the increased world temperatures, that surely is the greenhouse effect caused by the GHG (greenhouse gases). A significant part of the GHG is produced by the landfills which store huge amounts of waste which is not being recycled. That isn’t the only way that the trash threatens the environment.

waste incineration process

this is some heavy GHG generator

The electronic waste emits tremendous quantities of contaminants such as lead, cadmium, beryllium etc. all of which sneak into the groundwater and make it deadlier than ever before. Waste incineration contributes to the emission of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere but to some countries’ politics this appears to be a very profitable type of waste control, despite considered environmentally unfriendly. What suffers from the global warming most then ?

Polar bears eat junk food sometimes

There are animals which have evolved in living at places with very low temperature. That is their natural habitat and once it starts changing faster than the wildlife manages to adapt to the new circumstances, this turns into a huge problem.

endangered polar bear

look how sad it is because of the global warming

When polar bears’ natural eating process is violated they start searching for food supplies even in garbage dumps where they munch whatever their nose gets close to. Even if this can help them avoid death from starvation it’s absolutely not enough for supplying their organism with the nutritious ingredients required for their health stability.

Some Possums have already become extinct

possum eating food waste

it’s eating rubbish food

Not living in the Arctic doesn’t necessarily mean that increased global temperatures will not bother you, expressly if you’re a possum. Residing at the mountain tops, those species are actually very sensitive even to the slightest changes in the atmosphere. Therefore, the greenhouse effect is surely imposing high threat to the possums.

The Leadbeater’s possum is the most endangered from the whole family and if not preserved it will turn into the next victim of the Trashmageddon.

The home of the Pandas is dying

Predictions, made by scientists who explore deeply the natural habitat of the adorable harmless bears have stated that by the end of the 21st century it is highly possible that almost 100% of the bamboo in a huge Chinese region will vanish. That will leave the creatures starving unless they’re transported far away from their real home.

panda eating bamboo

It will run out of bamboo soon

Even if the researches find a way to genetically modify the bamboo so it can resist the warmer air it’s not guaranteed that the plants will have the same food properties as they do now. This may turn the favorite food of the adorable creatures into something that is no longer what they need to satisfy their appetite. Protecting the natural habitat of the pandas is the primary thing that can preserve their natural way of life.

Improper organic waste disposal

Who hasn’t been somewhere in the wild ? Most of you have so it has surely crossed your mind what would happen if you spin in 360 degrees and just throw your food waste carelessly while laughing hysterically, thinking that an animal will take care of it by eating it.


Well, partially you are right, some animals such as deers will not miss the amazing opportunity to swallow food which they found by chance. Most of the time that is bread leftovers, forgotten or mindlessly disposed in the wild. The bad thing is that grain products interfere with the digestion system of these animals and deers die if they’ve consumed a significant quantity of flour-based foods.

In addition to this, discarded food is very often the best target for microorganism which multiply from consuming it and make it highly dangerous upon contact with other living organisms . Never eat food that has been on dirty places and you have doubts about its quality.

Pets are also in danger of household waste

If you are a pet owner than you know what I’m talking about. If not, you definitely have some sort of hazardous waste in your home that you never think about. Prescription drugs, cleaning products, paint, batteries, drain cleaners and toilet cleaning substances are the most common items in your home that can harm your lovable pet.household rubbish

If your companion inhales metaldehyde from the insecticides that you’re storing in your garden you have to take actions immediately. The symptoms will usually be increased body temperature and complications similar to those of a heart stroke. Take your animal to the vet if that happens and make sure it’ll never get that close to the hazardous waste at your home again.

Household cleaners such as products containing bleach , glycol or chlorine are the other most deadly thing in your home. Either store in a place, unreachable for your pet or throw it away immediately. If your domesticated animal manages to establish direct contact with such poisonous ingredients frequently it will be in a high risk of cancer, kidney injuries or anemia.

Animal’s size being smaller and the increased inhaling rate they have, turns them into living vacuum cleaners of any deadly home waste you may be storing.

Is there anything you can do to save the mammals from the waste pollution?

It’s highly advisable to start with the implementation of waste reduction strategy and raising awareness about this problem. When that gets viral and reasonable people realise the significance of this issue, more will be eager to follow you and approve your intention to contribute to cleaner environment and the wildlife.. It’s already visible how waste pollution affects the life of the people in London so Rubbish Please is helping with the waste removal as much as possible but a company is nothing without its followers. Learn more about the Thrashmageddon and stop it before it’s too late.

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