RSPCA launches Bang out of order! - The Solihull Observer

RSPCA launches Bang out of order!

Solihull Editorial 4th Nov, 2023   0

AROUND three quarters of people want the UK Government to limit when fireworks can be set off to only one week around the Bonfire Night, according to animal charity the RSPCA.

Ahead of Bonfire Night, the charity has launched its Bang Out Of Order campaign, which aims to end the fear and distress caused by fireworks for animals.

By raising awareness and advocating for responsible behaviour, the campaign seeks to protect animals from harm and encourages UK Government’s to review current legislation.

The campaign is calling for several changes to firework regulations to prioritise animal safety including:

* Limiting the sale and usage of fireworksto between October 29 and November 5, with similar time limitations for other traditional dates.

* Prohibit fireworks near horses’ habitats, sensitive wildlife areas, farms, animal centres, or zoos to provide better protection for vulnerable individuals and animals.




* Reduce maximum noise levels from 120dB to 90dB, in line with international standards, to mitigate noise pollution and protect animals and individuals.

Carrie Stones, campaign manager at the RSPCA, said: “Fireworks are impacting animals each and every year – both during firework season when marked to celebrate traditional events and – more unexpectedly – out of season for other occasions. While many people enjoy watching displays, for many animals the dazzling spectacle of fireworks often becomes a terrifying ordeal.


“Sadly we are inundated with calls each year about welfare concerns for animals connected to fireworks and we hear first hand how frustrated the public are that the Bonfire Night period seems to last longer than ever before.”

Last year, 18,899 people joined the campaign, helping the charity make more people aware of the devastating impact of fireworks on animals.

To get involved with the campaign, visit the RSPCA’s website.

 

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