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Council motion calls for quieter, more animal friendly firework displays

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Causeway Coast & Glens Council has approved a motion calling for noise limits and tougher restrictions on firework displays to prevent fear and distress among people and domestic and wild animals.

The motion approved by a full meeting on Tuesday (July 7th), said:

“This Council resolves: To require all public firework displays within the local authority boundaries to be advertised in advance of the event, allowing residents to take precautions for their animals and vulnerable people, to actively promote a public awareness campaign about the impact of fireworks on animal welfare and vulnerable people – including the precautions that can be taken to mitigate risks, to write to the UK Government urging them to introduce legislation to limit the maximum noise level of fireworks to 90dB for those sold to the public for private displays and to encourage local suppliers of fireworks to stock ‘quieter’ fireworks for public display”.

Councillor Mulholland stated ;

“I have been lobbied throughout the year regarding the misuse of fireworks and their impact on pets and animals within our Borough. As an animal lover, I really do feel more needs to be done to protect their welfare. Fireworks are used by people throughout the year to mark different events. While they can bring much enjoyment to some people, they can cause significant problems and fear for other people and animals. They can be a source of fear and distress for many animals (including pets, animals, farm livestock and wildlife).

“Animals affected not only suffer psychological distress but can also cause themselves injuries – sometimes very serious ones – as they attempt to run away or hide from the noise. The unpredictable, loud and high-intensity noises that many fireworks make can cause fear and anxiety. For example, studies have found fireworks to be the most common cause for fear responses in dogs and t is estimated that 45 percent of dogs show signs of fear when they hear fireworks.

She continued, “therefore, I asked yesterday evening we work towards actively promoting a public awareness campaign about the impact of fireworks on animal welfare and vulnerable people – including the precautions that can be taken to mitigate risks , that we write to the UK Government urging them to introduce legislation to limit the maximum noise level of fireworks to 90dB for those sold to the public for private displays and to encourage local suppliers of fireworks to stock ‘quieter’ fireworks for public display.”

Councillor MA McKillop supported this motion and added ‘The RSPCA believes that there is a real need to raise awareness amongst owners of animals about firework phobia. This phobia can be treated (in dogs at least in the long term) but owners need to prepare themselves and their pets sooner rather than just as the firework are let off. There is a need to raise awareness about the impact of fireworks on animals to the wider public to encourage them to be more considerate of those with pets horses and livestock as well as local wildlife.’

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