Bonfire Night is just around the corner and whilst we hope you all have a good time enjoying organised events we ask you to consider animals on this particularly noisy night.
Pet and domestic animals can become extremely stressed when they hear fireworks but there are things you can do to avoid this happening.
We’re also supporting the RSPCA’s Bang out of Order campaign calling for tighter restrictions on fireworks. In 2019 our full Council voted on a motion about fireworks and agreed:
- to require all public firework displays held on Council land and/or which are subject to the consent of the Local Authority to be advertised three weeks in advance of the event, allowing residents to take precautions for their animals and vulnerable people;
- to actively promote a public awareness campaign about the impact of fireworks on animal welfare and vulnerable people – including the precautions that can be taken to mitigate risks;
- to write to the Welsh Government urging them to utilise any levers at their disposal to mitigate any negative impacts on animals and vulnerable people of the hosting of fireworks displays;
- to encourage local suppliers of fireworks to stock ‘quieter’ fireworks for public display; and
- to write to National Government asking for tighter controls on the use of fireworks.
What can I do?
If you’re a pet owner
Make sure your pets are in before the fireworks begin and provide them with somewhere to hide or something to amuse them. If you are particularly concerned then speak to your vet beforehand for advice.
The RSPCA has some excellent advice for keeping animals safe and you can read more here.
If you’re setting off fireworks
Not all pets or farm animals can be taken indoors during bonfire night and animals such as horses can become horribly stressed and even bolt often leading to harming themselves. If you intend to set off fireworks in an area you know there’s livestock please consider using low noise fireworks, they’re very good and are less of a threat to animals.
Also make sure you let the surrounding neighbourhood know so they can take the necessary precautions.
Cllr Terry Evans, Lead Member for Planning and Public Protection, said, “It can be very distressing for animals and their owners when they become alarmed by the noise of fireworks. Please be considerate of pet and livestock owners and let them know if you intend to set of fireworks.”
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