This is the shocking photo of two elephants appearing to look for food among a huge pile of plastic and bags of waste.
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Netizen ‘Parveen Kaswan’, who lives in Kolkata in the north-eastern Indian state of West Bengal and reportedly works for the Indian Forest Service, shared the photo on Twitter where it has been widely shared.
Alongside the shocking photo of two elephants walking among a massive pile of human waste, Kaswan said: “When cities expand, our dump yards also expand. Forest land seems easy target for them.
“This is what our plastic and other waste is doing to wildlife. A marvellous creature on human waste.”
Kaswan’s post sparked an online debate about the risks of accumulating plastic, climate change and overpopulation.
‘Andrew Fleming’ commented: “Tragic. If this does not inspire people to act what will? Saying no to single use plastic is an action we all can surely commit to for the [planet] and your children.”
‘Maj Yogesh Dahiya’ said: “One more reason to force population control measures.”
‘Krithika Sivaswamy’ wrote: “The West is already embracing bioplastics, we need to do that here.”
‘Maneesh Meena’ remarked: “Plastic waste has entered into our food chain, if we don’t wake up now I dunno when we [ever] will.”