RSPCA Cymru has welcomed the decision of Caerphilly County Borough Council to ban the use of sky lanterns on their land.

Caerphilly Council’s ruling extends to all land owned by the local authority, including public parks, and follows the passing of a motion at a full council meeting earlier this week.

The announcement is further to a ban previously introduced by Conwy County Borough Council. In October, the Minister for Natural Resources and Food wrote to local authorities in Wales encouraging them to introduce a ban.

RSPCA Cymru has long highlighted the dangers which sky lanterns can present to animals by causing injuries that lead to suffering and a slow, painful death.

Chris O’Brien, RSPCA Cymru’s Public Affairs Manager, said: “We very much welcome this announcement from Caerphilly Council, which is good news for local wildlife, livestock and other animals. “RSPCA Cymru has long called for a Wales-wide ban on the use of sky lanterns. Given the vast dangers associated with their use, we hope all local authorities in Wales follow the lead taken by those who have introduced such important measures”.