21 Oct 2011

FIREWORK PLEA.

With Bonfire Night (the 5th of November) only a matter of weeks away can I make a plea ...... or two?

Firstly can I ask all of my friends in the UK to consider asking their local library/garden centre/vets etc to place this poster in their windows, on their notice boards, wherever.



Available, free of charge, from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. who can be contacted by clicking HERE.

Secondly .......

Though I know that Bonfire/Guy Fawkes Night is not by any means an international event lots of countries have celebrations in which fireworks play a part and I know that many of you, my blogger buddies, have pets that are frightened by the loud bangs and you're not alone as statistics show that over 80% of pet owners have a pet who is afraid of fireworks.

Isn't it about time then that the firework manufacturers accept their responsibilities and publicise pet safety information on both their packaging and websites?

So how about calling on the government to make this a mandatory requirement?

You can do so by clicking HERE and signing the e-petition.

PS. Wondering about Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes? Click HERE for further reading.

Oh and one more thing ...........

Could I also ask, encourage, nay, beseech you to sign this e-petition (click HERE)which urges the government to recognise the shocking decline in numbers of the British hedgehog and give the hedgehog the same legal protection as the otter, dormouse and red squirrel under section 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Apologies to my non-British blogger buddies who are not eligible to sign either of these petitions.

11 comments:

NRIGirl said...

I am so sorry I couldn't sign the ePetition. This is what it said when I tried:

//You must be a British citizen or normally live in the UK to create or sign e-petitions.//

Have a happy Bonfire night - I know I am wishing much in advance, but don't want to miss it later...

....Petty Witter said...

NRIGIRL: My mistake, it seems I was given the wrong information, many thanks for trying anyway - I'll amend the post so that my other non-British followers know not to try.

Kelly said...

You're absolutely right about the issues with pets and fireworks. Our kids are grown, so we seldom do fireworks anymore (Independence Day or New Year's), but when we did the majority of our dogs hid. In contrast, we had one retriever we always had to lock up because the noise was enough like gunshots that he wasn't bothered and he would try and retrieve any kind of firecracker that was thrown!

animewookie said...

So wish I could sign :( Keep fighting the good fight!!

Suko said...

Thank you for presenting these important issues/petitions, although I am not British.

naida said...

I am unable to sign, but good for you Petty on speaking up on these issues.

Alexia561 said...

Fireworks are pretty frightening for animals. When we had dogs, I would sit on the floor with them until it was over or else they would whimper in fear. Poor Mickey would always wind up in my lap, shivering, while Max would just lay her head on my leg for me to pet & reassure her. Not easy getting two 60 pound dogs to share one lap!

anilkurup said...

NRIGirl is right. And I saw the subject on fb too. same.
IT is not fear of the bang that terrifies and makes animals uncomfortable , especially dogs. The frequency of the sound produced is far troubling to their tympanums faculties, I'm told.

Kalyan said...

Can't agree more with your thoughts...even we have the festival of lights Diwali, coming in a few days where it will be night of firecrackers across the country and causes so much damage in different places due to a bit of irresponsibility.

Mamakucingbooks said...

Unable to sign coz not citizen.

My country banned fireworks. Cant have fireworks unless with permission from relevant authourities. Each year there is just too much damages from fireworks.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

couldn't agree more with you, tracy.

good for you for on speaking up on these so serious issues.

hope your weekend is a good one.

big hugs
betty