Change Firework Laws For Animals | RSPCA - RSPCA
Change firework laws to protect animals
Thousands of pets, horses and livestock are affected by fireworks. Many hurt themselves in reaction to the noise and flashes or, in the worst cases, it can cause death.
Current laws don't work for private displays
Private displays are much more unpredictable and harder to control. It becomes impossible for neighbours to prepare their pets, horses and livestock properly.
- 64% were animals impacted by private at-home backyard displays
- 92% didn't have prior notice of fireworks displays nearby
- 14% were animals in distress as a result of antisocial behaviour
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Firework regulation changes we're asking for
We want to see fireworks regulations changed to protect our pets, wildlife and farm animals.
We'd like to see the UK Government follow Scotland's lead and change laws for the following:
Limit the sale and use of fireworks
Fireworks should only be sold and let off for Bonfire Night specifically from October 29 to November 5, with similar time limitations for other traditional dates. Meaning a much shorter timespan than currently.
Implementing firework control zones
We want to follow in the footsteps of countries that have successfully used firework control zones to protect vulnerable individuals and animals.
Fireworks must be entirely prohibited near:
- horses' habitats
- sensitive wildlife areas
- animal centres
Reducing maximum noise levels
The maximum permitted noise level for public sale of fireworks must be reduced from 120dB to 90dB, in line with international standards, to mitigate noise pollution and protect animals and individuals.
We believe that by introducing these measures, we can establish effective legislation that prioritises the safety and well-being of animals and vulnerable people. We believe that responsible enjoyment is possible for all.
Take action and contact your MP
Whilst some councils have supported our calls for help across England and Wales, the UK Government needs to step in to urgently review current laws.
Join us by encouraging your local MP to take more action on fireworks. Use our pre-written email, it only takes a minute.
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