November 2, 2016 -Most of the UK’s cat and dog owners – 75% – want fireworks banned on nights apart from Bonfire Night on 5 November, with 13% believing there should be an outright ban, according to new research.

An October 2016 survey of 1,003 cat owners and 1,014 dog owners, commissioned by More Than Pet Insurance and carried out by Censuswide, also found that pet owners believed 84% of cats and 81% of dogs are negatively affected by fireworks.

Dog owners reported:

  • 45% of dogs become agitated when fireworks start
  • 40% of their canine companions start shaking when they hear fireworks
  • 40% of dogs visibly tremble and pant during fireworks
  • 29% of dogs hide until the fireworks noises stop
  • 15% of dogs refuse to eat during or after fireworks displays

Cat owners reported:

  • 85% of cats are affected by fireworks
  • 64% of cats hide and won’t come out until fireworks stop
  • 26% showing visible signs of distress including trembling and panting
  • 16% of cat and dog owners say their pet is shaken up for days after fireworks night
  • 13% of cats refuse to eat during or after fireworks

The new survey comes after parliament’s recent debate on whether to further restrict the sale of fireworks in response to a petition which attracted more than 100,000 signatures.

The government said in a statement: “We are aware that fireworks can cause distress to animals. Restrictions on the general public’s use of fireworks, and permitted noise levels, already exist and we have no plans to extend them.”

The RSPCA, which back the campaign and petition to restrict fireworks, said in a statement it is expecting hundreds of call this Saturday, 5 November.

The charity backed a fireworks campaign started by Julie Doorne which led to a debate in Parliament by MPs.

RSPCA welfare expert Lisa Richards said: “It is not just dogs and cats that are affected by fireworks, farm animals can be easily frightened by loud noises and sudden flashes of bright light, which can startle them and cause them to injure themselves on farm equipment, and wildlife can be burnt alive after making their home in bonfires so it’s important to be careful at this time of year.”

The charity would also like to see the maximum permitted noise level of fireworks for public sale reduced from 120 decibels – equivalent to a jet aircraft taking off at 100 metres – to 96 decibels.


Julie Doorne (above in turquoise) told Pet News Today that online polls newspapers are running across the country also show that most people want a ban on fireworks sales to the general public.

“If you ask the government about restricting sales they say if you restrict sales you will make a black market or people will try and make them,” she said, adding that the government “really doesn’t give a monkeys about pets”.

To support Julie’s latest petition on to stop the random use of fireworks in the UK click here.

You can join the Firework ABatement (FAB) page on Facebook here and follow them on Twitter @FireworkDamage

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