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Thinking of setting off fireworks? Please think about horses, livestock and domestic pets!

22 Oct 2020

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Organised public displays may be cancelled this year, and as a result there could be an increase in private firework displays.

Many people are not aware how much stress and suffering fireworks can cause to animals, particularly horses. As prey animals, even the most sensible of horses can be frightened by fireworks. By being proactive in planning for firework displays, or when considering whether to set fireworks off in your garden, you can make the celebrations less stressful for horses.
 

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Please think about horses, livestock and domestic pets when making plans to set off fireworks and inform your local community so they can be prepared. If planning on using fireworks, do inform local horse owners in advance and reconsider setting off fireworks if horses are located close by.

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Please watch and share

Watch our video and help us raise awareness of our ‘fireworks frighten, think of us!’ campaign by sharing on your social media.

 

 
Are you prepared?

Follow our horse owner checklist to prepare and make this firework season as safe as possible for you and your horse. Learn more here.

 
Further information and resources

Many other animals find fireworks scary too, for top tips on keeping dogs, cats, and small animals safe and secure during the firework season – please follow the advice from the RSPCA.

 
Download and print our posters

Information and guidance for people planning their own private firework display:

Fireworks Infographic

Horse owner checklist to prepare and make this firework season as safe as possible for you and your horse:

Firework Poster

 
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