FireworksRSPCA Cymru has already received more calls in 2018 than the entire previous year regarding public concerns for animals related to fireworks. 

The animal welfare charity has received 34 reports in 2018, up to 11 November, from members of the public concerned that fireworks could be having a damaging impact on animal welfare.

Since 2013, the RSPCA in Wales has had 186 calls from the public – but 2018 is on course to be the busiest for calls, when compared with each of the five previous calendar years.

This latest data shows an increase in calls compared to 2017 – when 24 calls were received for the entirety of the year – and RSPCA officers are bracing themselves for more calls ahead of the festive season.

Year

Calls

2018 to date (up to 11 Nov)

34

2017

24

2016

37

2015

38

2014

27

2013

26

 RSPCA Cymru say the increased frequency of calls highlights the importance of their campaigns to limit the use of fireworks to agreed traditional dates, and reduce the maximum permitted noise level for fireworks for public sale to 97 decibels. Supporters can back the RSPCA’s campaign online.

The data comes after a new survey found that 38%* of dogs show signs of fear at loud noises, such as fireworks.

Much advice is published by the RSPCA about keeping animals safe during fireworks.

Lisa Hens, RSPCA companion animal welfare expert, said: “These new statistics show the number of calls we get in Wales about fireworks is on course to be higher than in each of the previous five calendar years.

“This demonstrates what a big problem fireworks can be for animals, and animal welfare – and why we need to see more action taken. But these call figures could be just the tip of the iceberg, as many won’t call the RSPCA in these circumstances.

“Fireworks phobia is a treatable condition in the long-term, but the ability to plan ahead is key for pet owners and animal keepers to help their pets cope during firework season.

“We’re expecting more calls over the festive season – but households don’t know when to prepare, as firework displays are taking place all of the time. That’s why we back displays falling on dates like Guy Fawkes Night, New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali – so pet owners can plan ahead.

“RSPCA Cymru also wants to see the maximum permitted noise level of fireworks for public sale reduced to 97 decibels, comparable with a slamming door sound. Those fireworks louder than this should only be used for licensed public displays.

“We of course saw lots of excitement in Wales and beyond for Guy Fawkes Night, when fireworks displays are particularly popular – but we’re really eager to ensure the occasion – and others like it across the year – are less stressful  for animals.”

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