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The Big Scoop

The Big Scoop

Recent research reveals that 53% of people think that there is a big problem with dog fouling in their area

43% came across dog poop in their local children’s park

We aim to highlight that dog fouling is not a dog problem but a human one!

"The Big Scoop" dog fouling awareness campaign aims to encourage dog owners to take responsibility and pick up after their dogs, thus reducing the amount of dog poop being left in public spaces.

In an effort to encourage communities across the country to tackle the issue of dog fouling in their area, we took part in Tidy Towns 2018, the 60th anniversary of this national competition, under the Special Award Category. We were delighted to select Dromod TidyTowns in Co. Leitrim and Ashbourne TidyTowns in Co. Meath as joint winners of "The Big Scoop Award" 2018. We were highly impressed with the way both committees tackled the issue of dog fouling in their area in a creative and sustainable way and so we awarded them with prizes to help them continue their efforts.

As part of the nationwide campaign, our Education and Community team also distributed educational packs to participating primary schools across the country and delivered "The Big Scoop" workshops, in some of these schools, educating over 28,500 children about the importance of cleaning up after their dog.

Not only is dog poop an unpleasant sight and smell, but it is unhygienic and can spread disease. It has been estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million faecal coliform bacteria1, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhoea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans2. It can also contain nasty bacteria such as E-coli and parasites like roundworm, the larvae of which can cause loss of vision. We are urging the public to always pick up after your dog using a poo bag or a scooping device before disposing of it in any bin and then to wash your hands when you get home.

So, we are asking dog walkers to be kind to their community – dog poop can get on wheels, hands and feet. So please #BagItBinIt

Remember that cleaning up after your dog is the law and owners who don’t are guilty of an offence and can be fined if the poop is left behind!

There are people in our community who are more at risk of coming into contact with dog poop and putting their health at risk.

Recent research carried out by Behaviour & Attitudes revealed that: