Restrict Fireworks Sales Ahead Of November 5th, Say Plaid Councillors

Plaid Cymru councillors Donna Cushing and Teresa Parry are calling for sales of fireworks to be restricted until a week to 10 days before Bonfire Night.

Donna Cushing and Teresa Parry, who represent Hengoed ward on Caerphilly County Borough Council, said that people had been setting fireworks off for the last week, causing distress to cats and dogs.

Donna Cushing, who is a cat owner, said: “This is a problem which happens year after year and nothing is done. It’s been going on for over a week where I live and I don’t know whether it is because of the local lockdown but 2020 has been one of the worst worse I can remember.

“It’s bad enough that cats and dogs and other wildlife will be shivering with fright on November 5th but it is no longer one day or even one weekend event.”

Neither, Donna Cushing or Teresa Parry want to stop families with children having fun. “But there are some irresponsible individuals out there and preventing shops from selling them too early will cut down on the time limit and not distress pets and wildlife to such an extent,” they say.

“We ask that the UK or Welsh Government reduce the time limit on licenses to prevent shops selling them until a week -10 days before November 5th, which will reduce the impact on pets and wildlife,” the councillors added.

Last year a petition backed by the RSPCA, reached over half a million signatures. It proposed a review of firework laws to prevent "needless animal suffering”. The Government has so far refused to take action.

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  • Phillip Nifield
    published this page in News 2020-10-31 13:31:06 +0000

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