Dog walkers have been warned to be vigilant after palm oil was found on a Torquay beach.
Palm oil is grown all over the world and is used in food, soaps, shampoos and biofuels. It is not dangerous to humans but can be to dogs.
Recent reports suggest the oil becomes glue-like when dogs eat it and it gets lodged throughout their body and leads to difficulty breathing.
The high toxin count also has damaging effects on the dog’s health and leads to vomiting and diarrhoea.
Palm oil cultivation has been criticized for impacts on the natural environment, including deforestation, loss of natural habitats, which has threatened critically endangered species such as the Orangutan and Sumatran tiger.
Torbay Harbour Authority and Beaches said on their Facebook page last night: “This evening we have had reports of Palm Oil at Babbacombe beach, the beach team have investigated and confirm that there maybe traces at this location.
“Please be vigilant when using beaches and coastline following stormy weather.”
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