I am writing to you as I am extremely concerned resident in your
council area about the misuse of fireworks and their impact on
animals. As an animal lover I really do feel more needs to be done
to protect their welfare.
While I understand that they can bring much enjoyment to some people, they can cause significant injury, problems and fear for other people and animals. In particular the sudden, loud noises that many fireworks make can cause fear. The RSPCA supports measures which will help ensure people can enjoy fireworks responsibly while mitigating potentially significant animal welfare problems for pets, horses, farm animals and wildlife.
It would be great if you could encourage your fellow councillors to pass a motion similar to this to improve animal welfare in this area
Started by: Colin Davis (RSPCA)
This ePetition ran from 23/10/2019 to 05/11/2019 and has now finished.
3 people signed this ePetition.
Dealing with each point :
1) to require all public firework displays within the local authority boundaries to be advertised in advance of the event, allowing residents to take precautions for their animals and vulnerable people,
By their nature, most public displays are well publicised. Public firework displays do not require a licence from the County Council. In order to “require all public firework displays within the local authority boundaries to be advertised in advance” some form of legislative control on public fireworks displays would need to be put in place. The HSE provide guidance on the factors to consider when organising such an event, http://www.hse.gov.uk/explosives/fireworks/using.htm
2) 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
Please find attached CC advice currently available on the County Council website
A range of well publicised animal welfare charities provide advice and raise awareness around the impact of fireworks on animal welfare and vulnerable people
Blue Cross: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/fireworks-and-pets
3) to write to the UK Government urging them to introduce
legislation to limit the maximum noise level of fireworks to 90dB
for those sold to the public for private displays.
There would need to be some rationale for the limit and some evidence to show why this limit is appropriate , the RSPCA are in the best position to influence government in animal welfare issues
4) to encourage local suppliers of fireworks to stock ‘quieter’ fireworks for public display.
The CC licence firework stores to ensure fireworks are stored safely and to ensure retailers understand the controls already in place
The majority of licenced retailers can only sell fireworks between 15th October and 10th November, and 26th December and 31st December, Diwali and Chinese New Year, there are two stores within Staffordshire who are licenced to sell fireworks all year round
The County Council ensure fireworks meet the safety criteria and are only sold to adults , we also ensure fireworks licences are only issued to those who are fit to hold them,
The Government are responsible for the content of the law which controls the fireworks and sets the standards the manufacturers and importers must comply with . The RSPCA believe that further research is needed to properly understand the impact of noise on animals without that research its unlikely to be successful.