Tighter fireworks restrictions to be debated by MPs

  • A petition calling to ban the use of fireworks except on certain days of the year will be debated by MPs next month (6 June).

    It calls for fireworks to only be set off on, and during the weekends directly surrounding, Guy Fawkes Night, New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year.

    The campaign was launched by Lincolnshire-based rider Julie Doorne.

    “Fireworks now occur at all times of the day and evening for many weeks during the autumn and winter,” states the petition.

    “Pet and animal owners struggle to keep their companion animals safe during this extended period. We call for fireworks use by the general public to be permitted on traditional celebration dates only.

    “Current regulations are outdated and largely ineffective and we are calling for the improved regulation of fireworks use in the UK.”

    Ms Doorne was inspired to take action after her friend’s mare lost a foal following a fireworks display in 2014.

    “She aborted her foal because of fireworks,” Miss Doorne told H&H.

    “Another friend’s horse had to be put to sleep due to stress colic following a fireworks display.”

    The peititon has been signed by more than 100,000 people and will now be debated in parliament.

    Ms Doorne is now urging others to write to their MPs to bring the matter to their attention.

    “There are so many people who are badly affected by random fireworks,” she said.

    “It only takes five minutes to write a letter and the RSPCA even offers templates.”

    For more information visit: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/109702

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