Karen Mason is a volunteer for the National Audonon Society and a photographer. She captured this heartbreaking picture of a black skimmer feeding her baby a cigarette butt and naturally, it made her furious.
Humans have made living conditions hell for the wildlife. Plastic bags and wires choking and killing the sea life, polar bears being forced to enter into the city because of the melting of ice and lack of food, and multiple species being driven to the point of extinction - this is all our doing.
Plastic waste is a massive problem, but something else that has littered our beaches, is threatening the lives of sea and land creatures and is not being called out enough - it is cigarette butt.