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5 pictures that show the negative impact of humanity on animals

In the grand scheme of things, human life has not existed on earth for very long. While many species, such as crocodiles, date back 200 million years, modern humans have only been around for some 200,000 years.

Despite our short time on earth, the human species has made an incredible impact on the planet, thanks to our complex civilisations and ongoing technological innovations. The impact of the human race has often come at the expense of the other animals we share this planet with, particularly in recent times as plastic pollution continues to rise exponentially.

There have been some extremely evocative photos that really capture the impact of humanity on the planet, here are some of the best.

European white stork trapped in a bag

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This amazing photo by John Cancalosi of National Geographic of a stork caught up in a plastic bag really captures the direct impact of our careless disposal of plastic on wildlife. The trapped stork amidst so much other rubbish is a heartbreaking site, and a powerful image.

Seahorse carrying a cotton bud

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Another fantastic shot from National Geographic, this time by Justin Hofman, who discussed his now famous image on Instagram: “What started as an opportunity to photograph a cute little seahorse turned into one of frustration and sadness as the incoming tide brought with it countless pieces of trash and sewage. This photo serves as an allegory for the current and future state of our oceans.”

Dead Albatross

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This slightly more graphic photo, which is one of a series by Chris Jordan, offers a severe reminder of the very real repercussions that plastic pollution has on wildlife. Many of these Laysan Albatrosses die by eating marine debris, mistaking it for food. With millions more pieces of plastic entering our oceans every year, this is a problem that will continue to grow.

The effects of deforestation on a koala

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This photo of a disoriented koala was taken by the animal welfare group Wires, who spotted the marsupial standing out in the open for over an hour. The result of such heavy deforestation has severe impact on animals who really unequivocally on forests to survive.

Seal caught around the neck

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This frankly disturbing image from Ares Caius of a seal being strangled by a piece of wire is a horrifying indication of the direct harm we are having on wildlife. By using and disposing of materials so carelessly, we are creating a number of potential problems for wild animals.

By capturing these remarkable images, photographers will hopefully inspire thousands to change their habits, and reduce the impact of humans on nature.