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More pressure on government to ban fireworks

Issue: 01/11/2019

A prominent vet company is calling on the government to ban fireworks.
Vets Now, who run emergency cover for pets, found from a survey of over 7,000 people that 96% would support tighter controls on fireworks and 73% said their pets were scared of the noise fireworks created.
With Bonfire Night coming up Vets Now are urging the government to change the law as they believe that animals are being put at risk.
Sainsbury’s supermarket announced that they would not be selling fireworks in any of its 2,300 stores.
The company regularly treat dogs that have been adversely affected by fireworks including a Welsh Terrier, Taffy, who ran away from his owners into a busy road after being petrified from the noise the fireworks made.
According to Robert Lomas, Taffy’s owner, the dog was dragged under a car and needed emergency treatment at Vets Now in Manchester.
He said, ‘It was so traumatic. I was really upset and shaken up. I tried to get him into the house, but he was urinating blood and I panicked. The past few years have been an absolute nightmare for fireworks. I’d definitely support moved to restrict sales, license displays and reduce the decibel level.’
West Highland White Terrier Archie was so stressed by fireworks that it caused an abscess to burst. He was rushed to Vets Now in Ilford and they managed to stem the bleeding and clean up his wounds. His owner Anne Jackson said, ‘What happened to Archie was just awful. He’s been part of our family since he was eight weeks old. I would hate for any other dog to suffer like he did and anything that can be done to change the law to help protect animals from fireworks gets my support.’
Clinical director at Vets Now, Amanda Boag, who also called on the government to do more to prevent irresponsible use of fireworks, said, ‘Fireworks can be hugely distressing for pets when they’re let off unexpectedly, They are also too noisy and too easily available.
‘To reduce the distress caused to pets we urgently need a review of fireworks regulations to prevent supermarkets and other retailers from selling them for private use, we’d also like to see their use restricted to licensed public events, which are well publicised in advance, around traditional dates only.’
Ireland has banned sale of private use fireworks because of the concerns they have over their impact on animals and people.
Julie Doorne from the Fireworks Abatement Campaign, who have been calling on tougher laws on fireworks said, ‘I’m delighted Vets Now has joined us in calling for much stricter legislation on fireworks.
‘The existing law does not protect animals or vulnerable people. We are sick and tired of seeing and hearing stories about animals and people suffering because of the use of fireworks.
‘It is high time the government and MPs listened to the people on this issue and urgently reviewed firework regulations. It is the only way to prevent any needless distress or suffering.’
In Parliament two MPs Labour’s Ged Killen (Rutherglen and Hamilton West) and the Scottish National Party’s Alison Thewliss (Glasgow Central) asked the Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg for a debate to look in to the banning of sale of fireworks.
This call for a ban was dismissed by Mr Rees-Mogg (North East Somerset) and he said that MPs were calling for fireworks to be banned because, ‘socialists always want to ban everything and have no fun.’
Ms Thewliss responded by saying, ‘Does he understand how upset my constituents are with his very flippant response to concerns about fireworks?’
Tory MP Mr Rees-Mogg responded, ‘No, I don’t understand, there is a balance.’

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