Staffordshire 6th on RSPCA list for most firework calls

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Not everyone looks forward to Bonfire night. According to the RSPCA this can be a very stressful time for pets, namely cats and dogs. The RSPCA has released a list of ‘hotspots’ for firework calls in time for bonfire night this year. Staffordshire placed at number six on the list.

A total of 367 calls regarding fireworks were received by the RSPCA in 2013, this has steadily risen to 501 in 2017.

The full list is as follows:

  1. Greater London (183)
  2. Greater Manchester (140)
  3. West Midlands (131)
  4. West Yorkshire (114)
  5. South Yorkshire/Merseyside (87)
  6. Staffordshire (74)
  7. Lancashire (69)
  8. Kent (65)
  9. Flintshire (57)
  10. Cheshire (55)

The charity is calling for restrictions to fireworks ahead of November 5th this year.

The RSPCA DogKind report showed that 38% of dogs feel fear because of loud noises including fireworks.

After these statistics, the RSPCA wants to see fireworks used privately on special occasions only; Bonfire Night, New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali.

The charity would also like to see a change in the maximum permitted noise level for public sale to 97 decibels, this would further reduce the stress for animals.

Eloise Shavelar, RSPCA campaign manager said: “Clearly there is widespread public concern about this issue as can be shown by the previous petitions backed by the RSPCA.

“There is current legislation in place but the RSPCA believes the Fireworks Act 2003 and the Fireworks Regulation 2004 doesn’t go far enough.

“We want to see the UK Government take advantage of the public’s feeling on this by strengthening the existing acts and restricting the use of fireworks to traditional days of the year like bonfire night.”

So, how can we keep pets calm on Bonfire Night this year?

  • One StaffsLive Journalist, Bethan Shuff plays firework sounds to her dogs on the run-up so that the noise does not startle them on Bonfire Night
  • Find a safe space for your furry friends to cuddle up in
  • You can buy anxiety jackets that can help dogs with the stress of firework noise
  • Close the windows, doors and curtains to help keep the noise and flashing lights out
  • Wrap a blanket around them to make them feel warm and safe
  • Surround your pet with their favourite things

It’s not just cats and dogs that are affected by fireworks. Horses and farm animals can be easily spooked by the loudness and flashing lights.

A petition, set up by Julie Doorne from the FAB Firework Abatement Campaign has generated tens of thousands of signatures since it was set up on the 16th of October.

Julie Doorne said: “We are disappointed that after three Government petitions, collecting over 100,000 signatures on each, and two parliamentary debates we are still waiting for the UK Government to act.”

More information and resources about how to reduce stress in animals during fireworks season please visit their website: www.rspca.org.uk/fireworks

To get involved with the campaign visit: www.rspca.org.uk/fireworksaction

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