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Keep animals safe during fireworks season

Posted 25 October 2011

Fireworks may be beautiful and exciting for some people, but for animals they can be terrifying. Cats and dogs are reduced to fearful, shivering wrecks; sheep can spontaneously abort; horses gallop into fences; and rabbits have been known to die from the shock. Because of the fear and suffering they induce, Animal Aid would rather no fireworks were set off. However, while they continue, there are steps we can take to minimise the impact on animals. Firstly, please consider attending a public fireworks display rather than setting them off in your back garden. One central display will scare fewer animals, and is likely to be set further away from homes and their animal inhabitants.

Keep cats and dogs indoors from the afternoon onwards and bring rabbits and guinea pigs inside as well (or at least cover their home with a thick blanket to muffle the noise). Also, be sure to check that hedgehogs and other wild animals have not made a home in your bonfire before you light it.

Have a happy, and safe, fireworks night!

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