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Bill Nighy to Star In New RSPCA Fireworks Advert

Actors Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest) and David Schneider (Mission:Impossible, Gimme Gimme Gimme) are helping spread the RSPCA's message that fireworks cause distress to animals.

In a new radio ad, David is heard struggling as he pretends to put earplugs in a cat's ears in a misguided attempt to protect it from firework noise. Bill points out that trying to fit animals with earplugs is 'stupid' and instead asks listeners to text 'BANG' to the RSPCA at 60022 for better advice on how to help animals*.

Pet owners are encouraged to help the RSPCA measure the number of animals affected by fireworks by taking part in the Society's new online survey at where people can also find advice and tips about how to help animals on Bonfire Night.

Pet owners can help their animals by seeking advice from their vet before the firework season begins and ensuring all pets are indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off.

If people can't make an organised display and want to have a fireworks party at home, they should use lower noise fireworks as they will reduce the likely stress caused to animals. However, it is important to ensure animal owners in the neighbourhood are aware.

It's also important to pick up all your firework litter after it has cooled down and dispose of it properly. Firework debris and litter can harm animals, so make sure it is removed and put in the bin.