Sitting in Michael's Lap
LOL - I am constantly finding little pieces of paper, gum wrappers, etc. in my dryer's lint screen -- I have a habit of putting trash in my pocket if I can't find a readily available receptacle, and then I ALWAYS forget I put it there ... and poor Michael's truck is another story ... LOL
Litter is not only unsightly, but much of it is dangerous to wildlife of all kinds. I used to work at a wildlife rehab center in Florida, and we had literally hundreds of animals a year brought to us because they were being strangled or disabled by odd pieces of plastic, and/or had thumbtacks, pieces of glass, or other sharp objects in their feet (or worse, their digestive tracts). Some had motor oil or other various toxic chemicals on their fur, skin or feathers that was slowly poisoning them or, in the case of birds, limiting their ability to fly. We were able to save some of these poor specimens, but a great many of them were too badly damaged and had to be destroyed or kept permanently in captivity (quite a miserable existence for a previously wild animal, regardless of the care provided).
One of our permanent residents, a turkey vulture called "Mort," owed his life in captivity almost exclusively to litter and humans in general. His injuries included:
1) An atrophied left wing due to a length of fishing line which got tangled tightly about it, cutting off the blood supply and causing it to begin rotting while still attached to the live bird -- the wing had to be amputated when he was brought in in order to save his life.
2) Blindness in one eye caused by shards of metal from an aluminum can, which Mort most likely inadvertently brushed his face against while eating the remains of whatever was in the can;
3) Extensive damage to his digestive tract, including irremovable shards of glass which were lodged in his intestines -- Mort's food had to be liquefied or he was unable to process it.
4) Signs of pesticide poisoning early in life (or even before birth) which caused him to be undersized and caused a malformation in one of his toes;
5) And, to add insult to injury, some fool decided it might be fun to SHOOT the poor animal with a .22, resulting in permanent injury to his one good wing. This idiot's neighbor is the one who brought Mort to us; thankfully, she was home when the moron pulled this stunt and went outside to see what was going on. The shooter was reported to the authorities and charged with animal cruelty, among other things.
Well, OK, so I ramble. But this is important to me!
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers.
[This message has been edited by Skyfyre (edited 10-23-2000).]