Snip Rings For Wildlife

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The Australian Wildlife Society founded Snip Rings For Wildlife in mid-2020.  The campaign aims to raise awareness and encourage individuals to protect Australia’s wildlife, by cutting through plastic rings, rubber bands, hair ties, the loops of facemasks, and plastic dome-shaped lids before disposing of them.  Each year, thousands of birds and air-breathing aquatic wildlife such as platypus, turtles, and water dragons are strangled, obtain significant injuries, and often die horrific deaths from discarded litter. Wildlife often becomes entangled in plastic rings, rubber bands, and hair ties that wrap around their beak or muzzle, preventing them from eating.  These items can also tangle up their feet, wings, or fins, limiting their movement.  Young animals can become entrapped in these items and as they grow, these items cut into their flesh, sometimes amputating limbs or killing the animal.  Other animals mistake these items for food and ingest them.

Despite contacting numerous manufacturers, informing them of the danger that ring-shaped items pose to native wildlife, and encouraging them to take action to improve their products, we are still experiencing the same problem and many companies are not taking action.  Jars, bottles, and tetra packs with plastic lids now come with a plastic ring that snaps apart from the lid upon opening or a peel-off seal under the cap. While we continue to encourage companies to take action, we turn to the community to ask for your support to protect Australia’s wildlife and Snip Rings for Wildlife. It is important to remind ourselves that we can act, both as individuals and collectively, to bring about real change. We acknowledge and commend the companies that have already taken action to make a positive change and improve their products for Australia’s wildlife.

The Society encourages everyone to get behind and help promote the campaign, by signing the petition and posting a video of themselves on social media snipping through a ring-shaped item before disposing of it. Do not forget to use the hashtag #snipringsforwildlife. We welcome artwork related to Snip Rings for Wildlife for publication in our newsletter to help promote the campaign and emphasise the actions people are taking to protect Australia’s wildlife. Material for publication can be sent to info@aws.org.au. We also welcome everyone to become a member of the Society to support the vital wildlife conservation work that is being implemented.