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New firework petition to be handed to PM

A PETITION calling for a ban on the commercial sale of fireworks is to be presented to Prime Minister Tony Blair by a leading campaigner and her local MP.

Theresa Kulkarni from Kings Lynn, Norfolk has been fighting against the indiscriminate sale and use of fireworks for several years, due to their impact on animals and people. She has raised petitions in the past, as reported many times previously by OUR DOGS.

Last year, Kulkarni launched a further petition calling upon the Government to Amend the Fireworks Laws in order to:

Restrict fireworks to licensed organised displays only at certain times of year

To include Garden Fireworks in the restricted category

To reduce the decibel limit to a maximum of 85db for all fireworks including display fireworks

To make it illegal to use or possess fireworks without a valid

To date, the petition has attracted over 120,000 signatures from people across the UK and shows the strength of feeling. The petition is due to close on October 28th and is to be presented at 10 Downing Street on 1st November 2006 by MP Henry Bellingham (Conservative, North West Norfolk) who will be accompanied by Kulkarni.

Mr Bellingham will also present a representative petition to the House of Commons and call for a debate on the firework issue.

Theresa Kulkarni told OUR DOGS: ‘This will be the first time our petition has been formally brought before the House. Therefore it is vital that as many people as possible write personally to their local MP telling them how fireworks are affecting you and your family, friends and animals so that the debate is not wasted. In doing so, you will also add support to the petition.

‘Last year we presented a petition of 92,835 signatures to 10 Downing Street calling for the total ban of sales to the public of fireworks. We asked that they be limited to licensed displays only. In that time much has happened but sadly none of it very good. As usual the Government has ignored the public and sided with the fireworks industry.

‘Many thanks to everyone who has helped and signed this latest petition. Thanks also to Mr Bellingham for his personal support in bringing this matter before Parliament. If you have not already signed the petition or written to your MP, I really would urge you to do so, for the sake of your pets, if nothing else.’

To download a petition form , see Theresa Kulkarni’s Fireworks Website at: http://freespace.virgin.net/nicholas.k/index.

Theresa Kulkarni may be contacted at tc.kulkarni@virgin.net or by letter at 1, Methuen Avenue, Gaywood, King's Lynn, Norfolk. PE30 4BN

Write to your MP: Do it personally and if possible by hand. MPs tend to disregard type written material as they are often bombarded by lobbying mail from various pressure groups.

Handwritten letters tend to be more effective in getting through. If you are lucky enough to have an MP who does regular local surgeries get an appointment and talk to them personally.