RSPCA urges people to snip straps of disposable masks after 29 incidents of animals caught in litter in Lincolnshire
Animal welfare officers are urging people to snip the straps of disposable face masks.
RSPCA officers have been called to 29 incidents of animals caught in litter since the start of lockdown in March.
The charity has released the statistics to coincide with Keep Britain Tidy's Great British Spring Clean, which runs until September 27.
Dumped face masks have become a new hazard to wildlife since the pandemic started and the RSPCA has received reports of animals tangled in the ear straps of single-use masks since it became law for the public to wear them in shops.
Chief executive Chris Sherwood said people were aware of the importance of cutting up plastic six pack rings.
He said: “Now that face masks are the norm, and may be for some time to come, this message is more important than ever as thousands of these masks are being thrown away every day. We’re concerned discarded face masks could become a significant hazard, particularly to wild animals and birds."