Abandoned or carelessly discarded fishing line maims, cripples, and kills thousands and thousands of wild animals every year. Not just marine animals, but owls, eagles, even songbirds.
There doesn't have to be a hook or sinker on the line for animals to become snared. According to WildRescue, birds often get their feet and legs tangled. The line can get snagged on something, like a tree branch, and the bird will be stuck.
To bring more awareness to this issue, WildRescue is organizing a worldwide event for Earth Day. They are calling for participants around the world to help clean up loose fishing line before it causes harm.
On April 23rd, WildRescue volunteers and friends will be canvassing piers, jetties, and fishing hotspots, focusing on removal of abandoned fishing line. At the end of the day, participants will be asked to email pictures of what they've collected.
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