Fireworks: Animal Welfare

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 4th October 2019.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Independent, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department is taking to protect animals from the effects of fireworks.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is aware of concern over the impact of fireworks on animals. That is one of the reasons that there is already a maximum legal noise level set for fireworks.

It is important that users follow instructions and use fireworks responsibly, as, together with owners of animals taking certain precautions, this can help to reduce or avoid any detrimental effects on animals.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards is currently working with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on a new campaign to raise awareness of these issues in advance of bonfire night.

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