Plastic and tourism are killing the sacred deer in Japan

A Sika deer was found dead after eating four kilos of plastic. This is not the first case in the Japanese park of Nara, near Kyoto

Since March, six deer have been found dead from eating plastic left in the parks by tourists who, after visiting Nara Park, leave bottles, cups and plastic bags on the ground that the animals end up eating.

In an attempt to control the plastic consumption, the Nara Deer Welfare Association has developed a Japanese rice cookie called Senbei, the packaging is recyclable and the product suitable for deer feeding.

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