Bonfire Night 2023: Poll finds 72 per cent of people want fireworks banned for pets
3 November 2023, 15:27
Bonfire Night is just around the corner and while some people are excited about the fireworks and festivities, others are worried about the affects on their pets and other wildlife.
For many people Bonfire Night is a great time to spend time with family and friends, toast some marshmallows, light some sparklers and enjoy the fireworks.
However, for many cats and dogs across the UK, the annual celebration is the worst night of the year as unexpected loud bangs terrify them – with some having more serious reactions to the spectacle.
Wildlife can also be negatively affected by Bonfire Night celebrations and fireworks; loud bangs can force nesting birds to flee and become disorientated while hedgehogs can be killed after building a home for themselves in the bonfire preparations.
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So, what is the answer? Should fireworks be banned altogether to help protect our pets and other wildlife?
Back in 2020, we decided to put out a poll to find out what people really think, and the results were very revealing.
Out of 270 votes, 72 per cent of people said fireworks should be banned for the benefit of our pets. Meanwhile, 28 per cent said they should not be banned.
Other people agreed that while they don't think fireworks should be banned, there should be more rules and regulations around them in order to save our furry friends from hours of discomfort.
One person said: "I'm a dog owner, both the dog and myself are petrified of fireworks but I don't think they should be banned."
They added: "I do however think there should be tighter regulations regarding the sale and use of them. Maybe a licence to purchase and use them, time limits etc."
Another added: "I don't think they should be banned, you can get quiet ones. Or maybe only have then so organised event/companies are the only ones who can use them."
There was a petition put to parliament in 2017-2019 with 305,579 signatures calling for a ban of selling fireworks to the general public. They argued that every year people, animals and wildlife get hurt by them.
While the rules have not changed, the RSPCA have a very helpful list of ways you can help keep your pet calm during the firework season.
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