With bonfire night fast approaching, the FUW has urged people to remember the distress fireworks and sky lanterns can cause to livestock and pets and reminds them of the dangers posed by bonfires.
“We call on people to stick to the firework safety code at all times, especially over the bonfire and halloween season, to minimise the risk to livestock, pets and humans,” said FUW Deputy President ian Rickman.
“this time of year poses many dangers to animals and children – so don’t let negligence and ignorance be the cause for a real-life horror,” he added.
Animals in general are not fond of the noise of fireworks and can become quite anxious during this time of year. therefore, the FUW urges people to be considerate and not let them off near livestock.
“it is also a good idea to make sure that your pets have been micro-chipped by a vet and that the details on the chip are up-to-date prior to bonfire night, just in case they go missing,” said ian Rickman.
the FUW recommends that if you are having a display at home please make sure you follow the firework code at all times to minimise the stress for farm animals and children. it is also advisable to give neighbours a few days notice of your firework display, particularly if they are elderly, have young children or pets.
“We also remind people that sky lanterns have been banned on all public land by all councils across Wales, as they pose significant dangers to livestock and are, of course, a considerable fire safety risk,” he added.