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  Animal posters aim to shock teen litter bugs
Updated 10 February 2003, 07.23

One of the posters shows a dead dog
'Did you do it?'
A new poster campaign showing cats and dogs killed by litter hopes to show teenagers the dangers of dropping rubbish.

The Keep Britain tidy group say people aged 13 to 16 are the worst litter bugs.

And their research shows many teens think people who use bins are "geeks".

The group hope their shocking "Did you do it?" posters will make litter bugs think again. They feature a website address with terrible images of hurt animals.

Over 69,000 animals were treated for injuries caused by rubbish last year.

One dog had its tongue cut off by broken glass and a baby hedgehog was strangled by a plastic bag.

But the group say teenagers will only pick up their rubbish if they are paid to do it or bribed with a day off school.

Don't feel guilty

They say their research shows:

  • Teens think their schools are swamped with rubbish
  • Teachers don't punish people for dropping litter because they do it too
  • Most common things dropped are crisp packets, sweet wrappers, bits of paper, cans, cigarette ends and gum
  • Litter lessons were "boring".
The report also says young people can't be bothered with bins because they are dirty and smelly.

Fact File
Animals injuries
88% injuries caused by glass
71% ill from swallowing dropped food
51% cut by cans

And girls said they didn't have time to think about rubbish, whilst some boys thought dumping litter made them look hard.

But very few said they felt guilty about the harm their dropped rubbish can do to animals.

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opening quoteI try to put litter in the bin, but I know lots of my friends sometimes don't, so maybe we are the worst.closing quote
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