Campaign launched to get people to clean up after their dogs in the UK
The offence carries a £1,000 fine, however, the issue of dog poo on the streets of Great Britain is growing. The Dogs Trust and Keep Britain Tidy have said that more people are reporting dog mess than a decade ago.
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It is one of the most “offensive” types of litter that you can see on the pavement and the two organisations have started The Big Scoop campaign to attempt to educate dog owners to pick up after their dogs.
They are raising awareness of “the importance of responsible dog ownership”.
The Big Scoop campaign, which is launched today, is backed by TV’s Ben Fogle.
The documentary presenter, 39, said: “Thousands of pounds are spent each year on ensuring public spaces are kept clean and this could all be so much easier if dog owners remembered the simple message to ‘Bag it, Bin it’.
“Sadly, it’s becoming a recurring sight to see bags of dog mess hanging from tree branches, fences, gates, basically anywhere but in a bin.
“It’s a two-step process – and one that all dog owners need to be on board with.”
The Keep Britain Tidy ambassador, Kirstie Allsopp, 41, also spoke about the campaign. She said: “As a mother, I don’t want my children having to dodge piles of dog mess when playing.
“But the responsibility to pick it up shouldn’t be with me. If I see a dog owner who has allowed their pet to do his business and then attempt to walk away, it infuriates me.
“But resist the urge to get angry and don’t approach anyone unless you feel confident to do so.”
Dogs Trust research reveals one in three owners is prepared to clean up after someone else’s pet.
Dog numbers in the UK are above eight million, having soared from 6.5 million in 2003 and up from 5.9 million in 1983.
A Keep Britain Tidy spokesman said: “Enforcement on its own isn’t going to work, people still drop litter.
“We need to educate the public to make it socially unacceptable – not picking up dog mess is disgusting.”