Abigail MeadowNovember 4th
2019

More than 160,000 people have signed a petition calling for fireworks to be banned from being sold in supermarkets over fears of causing distress to wildlife and pets.

The petition cites the harm and distress caused to wildlife and pets and argues there are sufficient public firework events for everyone to celebrate events such as Guy Fawkes Night and New Year's Eve.

The petition, which was set up by Elizabeth Jayne Harden, reads: "Every year more and more people, animals and wildlife get hurt by fireworks. It's time something was done to stop this. There are enough organised firework groups around for us to still enjoy fireworks safely so please help me stop the needless sale of them to the public!

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"The noise from fireworks causes a great amount of fear, stress and anxiety in wild animals... Errant fireworks can also cause environmental damage though fires, and from the release of poisonous chemicals and particle-laden smoke, which is not just inhaled by wildlife, but contaminates the natural environment.

"In England last year, 4,436 individuals attended A&E because of an injury caused by a firework - more than double the 2,141 in 2009/10. With around 40% of the UK's dogs being scared."

As now the petition has passed 100,000 it must be discussed in parliament, but this isn't the first time a petition has been made to ban fireworks, as in 2018, 11 petitions called for the ban of public firework sales.

Eco-friendly fireworks

Currently, people over the age of 18 can purchase fireworks from most major supermarkets accross the UK.

However, this year supermarkets have started to offer quiet fireworks to help combat the issue.

The RSPCA also called for stronger restrictions on fireworks, warning: "Around 40% of dogs are fearful of loud noises such as fireworks, which alone means thousands of animals are affected by unplanned and random fireworks each year."

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