Well, it’s probably impossible to reduce to just one reason why species may be threatened, but litter doesn’t help. Marine mammals, turtles, and seabirds are most at risk from litter. They will often become entangled in plastic or fishing lines and may die from ingesting plastic waste. In Australia, the New South Wales Scientific Commission found that three endangered species, eight threatened species and one endangered population of animals in the area have been recorded to be entangled with or ingested litter. They also reported four endangered species and ten threatened species that were likely to be affected, and listed four species or populations that were not currently threatened but which might become threatened due to the impacts of litter. So there are definitely worries across the globe that litter may cause some species to become endangered.
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