Conwy County Borough Council looks set to become the fifth local authority in Wales to back RSPCA plans to mitigate the risks posed by fireworks to animals in the local area.
The Council’s Economy and Place Overview Scrutiny Committee last Wednesday (4 March) backed a series of measures to reduce the risks posed by fireworks to animals in the Conwy area.
Proposals include publicising displays in advance so pet owners can be prepared, a public awareness campaign, and encouraging local suppliers of fireworks to stock ‘quieter’ fireworks for public display.
RSPCA Cymru gave evidence to committee members before their decision to back the plans. The motion will now move ahead to a meeting of the Council’s cabinet for a final decision.
Conwy’s action follows the launch of the RSPCA’s #BangOutOfOrder campaign – which aims to make fireworks less frightening for animals, and highlights the challenges posed to pets, equines, farm animals and wildlife.
Local authorities in Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wrexham and Caerphilly have already passed motions to encourage the responsible use of fireworks, and the backing of Conwy Council’s Economy and Place Overview Scrutiny Committee paves the way for the North Wales-based council to do the same.
RSPCA public affairs adviser Lewis Clark, who gave evidence to the committee, said: “We are delighted that Conwy County Borough Council’s Economy and Place Overview Scrutiny Committee backed plans to deal with this emotive issue.
“Proposals will now go ahead to the Council’s cabinet, and we’re hoping Conwy will soon become the fifth local authority in Wales to have acted to make fireworks safer for animals.
“We receive so many calls related to welfare concerns for animals connected to fireworks – so for local authorities across Wales to introduce measures to mitigate risks to animals is so important.
“Preparedness is so important – and better advertising of displays and a public awareness campaign could make all the difference in ensuring people know what steps to take to keep pets and other animals safe, and when.
“By lobbying the Welsh and UK Governments, too, to utilise levers at their disposal – we hope we can make Wales a safer place for animals when fireworks are being set off; encouraging responsible use, better information and the promotion of lower-noise alternatives.
“We look forward to working with cabinet members in Conwy to get these plans over the line and make the community an even better place for animals to live.”
To find out more about our #BangOutOfOrder campaign or to encourage other local authorities to take action, please visit: https://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/fireworks. To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit the charity’s website or call the donation line on 0300 123 8181.