Getting dog owners to clean up after their pets is a surprisingly big issue for many communities, especially in urban areas where dog waste litters sidewalks and makes a stroll down the street turn into a hopscotch contest. To promote the importance of poop scooping, a group based in Seattle called Puget Sound Starts Here produced a music video that makes picking up dog poop almost… cool.
Watch the video here:
According to the Huffington Post, the city of Seattle has implemented many different campaigns encouraging residents to clean up after their dogs, but “area residents still find themselves dodging doodies on sidewalks, lawns, and trails.”
Janet Greer, spokeswoman for a partnership of regional governments dedicated to improving local water quality, notes that “the thing about dog waste is that it’s the only bacteria source that people willingly leave on the ground.” Leaving pet feces on the ground can actually pose a public health hazard through possible water contamination and spread of disease-causing bacteria such as E.coli.
Let’s hope that performer Martin Luther’s new video inspires pet owners to act responsibly and care for their neighbors as much as they care for their dogs.
Photo from Gem Salsberg via flickr