Fireworks restriction motion to protect animals backed by council committee
News | Emily Gill - Local Democracy Reporting Service | Published: 14:09, Wednesday February 12th, 2020.
Last updated: 14:09, Wednesday February 12th, 2020
A motion will be presented to Caerphilly’s full council to ask the Welsh and UK governments to place restrictions on fireworks, in order to protect animals.
The motion, which was put forward by the RSPCA, was presented by Cllr Nigel Dix and backed by the council’s environment and sustainability committee.
An RSPCA representative, Lewis Clark, told the committee that the charity receives around 400 calls a year due to fireworks.
“It’s not just us, it also puts a huge strain on the emergency services.”
The motion that will go before the full council asks the local authority to write to the Welsh Government and urge them to mitigate any negative impacts on animals and vulnerable people of the hosting of firework displays.
It also asks the authority to write to the UK government to urge them to introduce legislation to limit the maximum noise level of fireworks to 90 decibels for those sold to the public for private displays.
Cllr Mike Adams raised concerns about the subjectivity of what 90 decibels means.
A decibel is an intensity of sound and 90 decibels can be compared to a close-by truck or screaming and shouting.
The committee’s chairman, Cllr Tudor Davies, asked how this could be enforced.
A council report says: “RSPCA Cymru believes there is a real need to raise awareness amongst owners of animals about fireworks phobia.
“This phobia can be treated (in dogs at least) in the long term but owners need to prepare themselves and their pets sooner, rather than just before the fireworks are let off.
“There is a need to raise awareness about the impact of fireworks on animals to the wider public to encourage them to be more considerate of those with pets, horses and livestock as well as local wildlife.”
The motion will be presented to council in the coming months.