RSPCA are urging families to reconsider one of their annual Christmas traditions.
A post on the RSPCA Wildlife page begs parents to reconsider leaving reindeer food full of glitter and sprinkles around their yard.
“Urgent plea to save garden wildlife from harm this Christmas!
If your child has made pretty reindeer food please do not ‘sprinkle on the lawn’ as the labels suggest, as many of our very hungry small garden birds and mammals could ingest the plastic and foil glitter along with the oats potentially causing long term damage to their digestive systems. ( NOTE: this includes ‘edible glitter’ which was made to be safe for humans but poses a serious threat to wild animals like birds).
Please instead leave in a small bowl indoors alongside FC’s mince pie. Thank you and Merry Christmas!!”
The post has gone viral with over 90,000 shares.
They have offered some alternatives for this year including bird seed, rolled oats, dried fruit, and even grated cheese. That would be a great mix for those busy reindeers!
What do you leave out for the reindeers?
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