Fireworks, although commonly used during Guy Fawkes Night, and new year, have been increasingly growing in popularity to the public, and being used by said member of the public all year round.
What some people don't seem to realise is the effect that fireworks have on all animals.
You may see posts on Facebook with beloved family pets, such as Dogs, Cats, rabbits etc... displaying complete and utter fear and the sheer sound of a firework. However, it is more than that, wild life and have been suffering just as much.
Fireworks are damaging to farm animals and wildlife
Sadly it's not just household pets that are affected by fireworks.
Farm animals are easily frightened by loud noises and sudden flashes of bright light, which can startle and cause them to injure themselves on fencing and farm equipment.
Wildlife, like hedgehogs, are also at risk of being burnt alive after making their homes in bonfires.
Fireworks are also highly disturbing to some birds and have caused the abandonment of nests or even whole colonies
Watching pretty pyrotechnics and indulging in toffee apples and sticky treacle on November 5th is a long-held tradition. Although these dazzling displays are delightful for humans, those of us with pets will know how stressful and scary they are for animals.
These bangs and bursts of light don’t just take their toll on our companion animals, but on wildlife as well. Birds are known to panic when hearing these loud noises, fleeing the scene so quickly that they can crash into buildings or trees. Some animals are so terrified that they even leave their young and may struggle to find their way back to them.
Animals can also end up in unfamiliar or unsafe areas when trying to escape the thunderous sounds, including running across busy roads.
Help me to fight the sale of fireworks to the public and protect our animals.