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Over 170,000 People Have Signed A Petition To Ban The Sale Of Fireworks

Over 170,000 People Have Signed A Petition To Ban The Sale Of Fireworks

A petition calling for the sale of fireworks to be banned as racked up more than 170,000 signatures and counting.

Ahead of Bonfire Night firework displays have been taking place across the weekend up and down the country.

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But worried pet owners have said enough is enough and called for parliament to consider banning them from general sale to prevent animals having to suffer.

The petition, created by Elizabeth Jayne Harden back in April, only needed 100,000 signatures to be debated by parliament.

A petition has been launched calling for the ban of fireworks (Credit: Pexels)
A petition has been launched calling for the ban of fireworks (Credit: Pexels)

She urged others to cosign her petition which states fireworks should only be used at professional displays and not be available for public purchase.

"Every year more and more people, animals and wildlife get hurt by fireworks. It's time something was fine to stop this.

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"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!"

Fireworks often cause animals stress (Credit: Unsplash)
Fireworks often cause animals stress (Credit: Unsplash)

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

According to the statement 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.

Dog owners have been sharing how distressed their pets are over the loud bangs from fireworks, also urging others to sign the petition.

One distraught woman shared the tragic news that her puppy died of a heart attack believed to be because of the fireworks.

Susan posted pictures of her tiny dog Molly who tragically died (Credit: Facebook/Susan Paterson)
Susan posted pictures of her tiny dog Molly who tragically died (Credit: Facebook/Susan Paterson)

Susan Paterson posted on Facebook group Wombwell Wise on Sunday evening, along with images of Molly, a tiny black terrier, that her18-week-old pooch had been terrified.

She wrote: "Due to the enormous amount of fireworks with loud bangs going off around Wombwell and lower Darfield last night, we lost a young terrier with a heart attack.

"Please think of the animals. Molly was only 18 weeks old and died of FRIGHT caused by fireworks."

Recently, leading vet charity PDSA found that 7.3 million cats and dogs are afraid of fireworks - meaning they're likely sat at home anxious and miserable throughout the firework season.

Sainsbury's announced ahead of the season that they wouldn't be selling fireworks, while Co-op haven't sold them for the past five years.

Ahead of Bonfire Night, we compiled a helpful guide in the hope of making firework season as stress-free as possible for your pets.

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash

Topics: Fireworks, Bonfire Night, Dogs

Natalie Corner

Natalie is a freelance journalist with a degree in journalism. She has previously written for Mirror Online, Mail Online, Dazed and Black Ballad as well as Tyla. She has a keen interest in all things viral, women's lifestyle and TV. To get in touch with the Tyla team, contact [email protected]

 

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