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Why do people do this?

ON MY LEISURELY Sunday afternoon walks over my local hills or through the woodlands which border them I often come across examples of sheer carelessness or thoughtlessness by people who visit them.

The most common and the most obvious is the amount of litter which is scattered around. Ranging from empty cola bottles to confectionery wrappers to used tissues (yuk). This can turn what should be a pleasant walk into an unsightly stroll through a wasteland of trash.

I used to pick up at least some of this litter but gave up some time ago when I realised that this was not the way to deal with it - I could be picking up for ever and not make a dent in the problem.

There is one item of litter which really, really bugs me and an example of it is shown in the picture here. In case you're wondering it's a bag of dog poo! In the UK a law was passed some time ago that if a dog fouled a public place (road, street, footpath, etc.) its owner must 'scoop the poop' into a bag and dispose of it in an appropriate manner - there are special bins in public places for just this purpose.

However, some people who go on countryside walks, seem to think it's OK to hang their bag of dog poo on a handy tree branch. This behaviour baffles me! If they can be bothered to scoop the poop in the first place then why can't they be bothered to carry it until it can be disposed of?

I have seen this on numerous occasions in the past and no doubt will keep on seeing it in the future. For heaven's sake dog walkers - the motto is 'bag it and bin it' not 'bag it and hang it on a handy branch for someone else to dispose of'!

Image Credit » Kasman

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VinceSummers wrote on July 4, 2017, 2:24 PM

Outdoor air freshener? It's better to leave the pooh exposed. At least the rain will eventually wash it away. Not so plastic. But in this country people drop dogs from their cars on highways. Many of them are immediately hit and killed. Others manage to escape to turn up on your doorstep. They THINK they are getting away with something. Will THEY ever be surprised...

Kasman wrote on July 4, 2017, 2:30 PM

Do wild bears poop in the woods? Of course they do . . . and deer, sheep, rabbits, birds, etc. The difference is that pet waste (and human waste) is the result of a diet which contains so many chemicals not normally found in nature that leaving this toxic cocktail exposed to the elements probably isn't a good idea. Such waste needs to be processed before being disposed of.

VinceSummers wrote on July 4, 2017, 2:50 PM

The diet people are told feed their dogs and cats these days is responsible (IMHO) for many of the maladies they experience, leading to costly vet bills and the reason some of them are dropped on the highway.

MegL wrote on July 4, 2017, 5:34 PM

I see the same here in Northern Ireland. There are special bins located regularly round the area but some people cannot be bothered to carry the bag to the nearest one. The words I use for them are not suitable for use on here, "Lazy", "thoughtless" and "selfish" would be the nearest equivalents.

lookatdesktop wrote on July 5, 2017, 12:26 AM

This is bad. I see this type of ignorant human activity in the city all too often. And it seems to be getting worse. I hope there will be a way eventually to put a stop to this type of thing but you can't just pick up every last piece of trash left behind by everyone. I would take some type of surveillance cameras to even put a dent in it.

Kasman wrote on July 5, 2017, 1:11 PM

I think so too, as is the diet which many people follow!

LisaSteinmetz wrote on July 11, 2017, 10:41 PM

What a stupid and irresponsible thing for them to do.