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workable (non-killjoy) proposals.
Bang! is confident that such proposals would satisfy "outright
ban" voters and pro-firework members of the public - as well
as firework manufacturers and suppliers.
proposals of Ban The Bang! are:
the private use of fireworks and public displays except
for three festival days per year (plus Saturday nearest
to each festival day). (I.e. in UK, November 5th, New Year
that bang and rise more than 2 metres (average garden fence
height) would be banned outright for use by the public.
Only bang-free ground based fireworks (with a dispersal
range of no more than 2 metres) could be sold to / used
by the public - and only sold for two weeks prior to festival
days (see 1.).
of festival days - the public would be able to apply for
a private party / wedding reception licence (restricted
to one licence per household per year). With this one-day
licence, the licence holder would be able to purchase no-bang
ground fireworks from licensed all-year firework shops.
(These shops will not be allowed to supply loud / aerial
fireworks to the general public at any time - see 2.)
restrictions should also apply to professionally organized
public displays. For example, enforcing a maximum threshold
No public firework displays louder than 85db.
Locations of displays must be carefully planned (and revised),
whereby they can only take place in open, strictly designated
areas least likely to affect wildlife. Displays must be
a minimum distance of around 1.5 km from rural habitat areas
such as trees, woodlands, heathlands etc. and at least 2km
from stables, zoos and farm animal locations.
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What Else Can You Do To Help?
Practice the Ban The Bang! firework code which brings peace to your neighbourhood ... for animals and communities in general.
During firework celebrations, only buy fireworks which don't pose a threat to wildlife, neighbourhood pets or local residents. I.e. nothing that bangs or screams and no aerial fireworks like rockets or starbursts.
If you have lots of trees in your garden then it's not a good idea to have any kind of aerial type fireworks. Birds are quietly roosting in trees all around you at night. Just because you can't hear or see them doesn't mean they don't exist after sunset!
Even if you are planning a "quite" firework display, INFORM ALL YOUR NEIGHBOURS WITH PETS WELL IN ADVANCE
your own pets.
First of all, If available in your country, get your cat or dog microchipped. As we have already mentioned, many cats and dogs run away from home in panic when there are fireworks around and often get lost. With a microchip implant it's far easier to reunite an animal with its owner. Animals have extremely heightened senses compared to humans and can react to disturbances (threat) way beyond the human "radar". This means that even our additional advice given below can often proove useless when trying to keep your animal's nerves at bay during the ever-lengthening firework season. However, some of these tips may help alleviate stress with lesser effected companion animals.
Although it is clear that firework celebrations are lasting weeks instead of just a couple of days, do whatever you can to keep your cats and dogs indoors during firework seasons. If you have animals in hutches outside and can't move them indoors, then cover the hutches with heavy blankets (leaving a suitable air-gap). This will help reduce the noise and the animal should also remain undisturbed by flashing lights. Keep cats and dogs indoors, close windows and blinds and create an audible diversion for them, like turning on some music - this should be reasonably loud but soothing sounds to try and divert the animal's attention from the outside).Very many Ban the Bang! voters have commented that they have to sedate their companion animals as a last resort. (Even this has not helped many pets). If you intend to take sedatory steps you must only do so with your vet's advice and only administer the correct medication provided by your vet.
animals and birds that are shocked or injured.
Keep an eye out for animals and birds in shock that
may have fallen from trees. In most cases human intervention will
add to the animals distress and we recommend you keep a watchful
distance from the animal / bird and make sure no one else goes near
it. If the animal continues to behave in a shocked state for more
than three or four hours or
is clearly injured then you should alert your local animal welfare
organization as soon as possible. They will send someone to investigate
Important Note: Tell your local animal welfare organisation to link
up free with The
Lost and Found Animals Network (LaFAN).
If an animal is lost through fright during firework activities,
LaFAN provides a simple method for the public to track down a rescue
place in the vicinity of their lost animal. The LaFAN website address
a check on the elderly and young children.
elderly are particularly susceptible to loud disturbances. They
often live alone and have pets which can become nervous and agitated
by the noises. It's a good idea to check on elderly neighbours if
you think they or their pets may be suffering during firework periods.
Very young children also need comforting at night during loud firework
activity as they often wake up frightened by the bangs outside.
If you are
aware of any incidents involving the suffering of any animals through
the use of fireworks then please use our
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